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On May 17, 2022, it was reported that on the eve of the World Health Assembly, WHO legal advisor Solomon confirmed on May 16 that he had received a motion from 13 member states to invite Taiwan to attend the WHA as an observer, and that the General Affairs Committee would recommend whether to put it on the agenda after discussion.

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The 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) is about to debut in Geneva, Switzerland on the 22nd, and the World Health Organization (WHO) will hold an online media briefing on the 16th. Taiwan’s participation was proposed, which is of considerable attention from all countries.

WHO Chief Legal Counsel Steven Solomon confirmed in a reply to reporters that 13 member states had proposed a motion to invite Taiwan to attend the WHA as an observer, hoping to put the issue of Taiwan’s participation in the WHA on the agenda. He said that according to the process, the proposal has been accepted immediately. The committee will discuss it in the evening of the 22nd, and the plenary will decide whether to put it on the agenda.

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A reporter asked whether the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would participate and whether the “Report on the Investigation of the Source of the Chinese Communist Virus Outbreak” had been forgotten.

Tim Armstrong, the director of the World Health Assembly, said the report has not been forgotten and is in the final stages of completion and will be reported to member states. As for the participation of Chinese representatives, it is not confirmed yet.

Russia’s participation in the motion is also of great concern, the General Assembly also said that it is uncertain.

The 75th World Health Assembly will be held in Geneva from May 22 to 28. From 2009 to 2016, Taiwan was invited to participate in the WHA as an observer for eight consecutive years; subsequently, due to the CCP’s suppression, Taiwan has not been invited to participate since 2017.

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There are a lot of supporting voices for Taiwan this year, the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting also issued a joint communiqué on the 14th, intending to support Taiwan’s participation in the WHO General Assembly and technical meetings of the World Health Organization.


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Posted by: Peter Chen

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