Time For Taiwan At The Table

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

The daunting task of pandemic response and post-pandemic recovery requires input and assistance from all nations if international efforts are to succeed. Thus, it is time for the international community to welcome Taiwan as a full member of the United Nations.

There is no compelling reason to obstruct Taiwan’s participation. The country has proven that it can offer value as a productive global partner. 

Taiwan has contributed to the achievement of several global goals and collaborative efforts among allied partners to tackle the challenges presented by the pandemic. The nation has fulfilled its UN Sustainable Development Goals in gender equality, clean water, sanitation and health. Taiwan is also spearheading the transition towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In recent history, China has placed undue pressure on UN countries and agencies to continue to reject Taiwan, citing the 1971 UN Resolution that specifies who represents China. However, that resolution does not authorize China to claim sovereignty over Taiwan, despite the Communist Party’s assertions to the contrary. This deceptive coercion is restricting the representative freedoms of over 23 million people. 

Not only is Taiwan obstructed from civil participation, but Taiwanese passport holders are also discriminated against daily. Taiwanese citizens are denied access to UN premises for tours or meetings. Journalists are not allowed to cover UN events. This jingoism runs counter to the idealistic goals of universal human rights that the UN represents. By arbitrarily barring Taiwan’s civil society from international cooperation, the UN actively contradicts itself.

In his oath of office this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged that everyone needed a seat at the table to build inclusive, fair and sustainable developments for the future. Let us answer that call to action.

I hope you will join me in giving a voice for Taiwan’s inclusion in the United Nations.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu


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