Petition · Support TAIWAN to Join WHO Now 聲援臺灣即刻加入世界衛生 ...

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus                                                                            


World Health Organization

Avenue Appia 20


1211 Geneva, Switzerland


Dear Dr. Tedros,

I hope this letter finds you well. We are the Presidents of three Taiwanese-American organizations, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), the North American Taiwanese Medical Association (NATMA), and the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association (NATPA).

We welcome the recent decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to initiate a public discussion on Taiwan’s participation, after months of silence and your Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward’s infamous performance during an interview. We sincerely hope your statement this March 29th can serve as the driving engine for Taiwan’s full participation in the global health body.

As concerning civil organizations, we however are not convinced of WHO’s statement that “the question of Taiwanese membership in WHO is up to WHO Member States, not WHO staff.” The WHO’s chief executive agency, the Secretariat, has been unilaterally denying Taiwan’s observer status and membership by distorting the meeting agenda of past annual Assembly. In other words, your WHO staff have been deciding Taiwan’s membership application on behalf of Member States.  

Taiwan’s participation beyond the annual Assembly is also arbitrarily determined by the Secretariat. Of all the 187 technical meetings Taiwan has applied to attend since 2009, only 30% of them were approved by your staff. When the WHO Secretariat has the full authority to invite Taiwan to join, it fails to do so.  

Most importantly, we argue that Taiwan’s public health is not a subject to be decided by the WHO Secretariat, nor by the Member States. Human rights of 23.5 million Taiwanese people should not be put up for a vote. Discriminating Taiwan also gravely violates the WHO Constitution, which states: “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

Ultimately, we believe that only by correcting WHO’s past unjust practices could we achieve the objective of “health for all,” especially when Taiwan is a country to give more than to receive. It is in the interests of your WHO and the global community to have a seamless public health network. The failure to listen and share Taiwan’s early warning about the new coronavirus on December 31st last year has cost thousands of lives. We shall not repeat this history again.   


Minze Chien, Ph.D., President, FAPA  


PoFu Hsieh, D.D.S., President, NATMA                          

Bill Wu, Pharm.D., President, NATPA





Copyright 2013 NATPA NATPA - Joint Statement for Taiwan's Membership in WHO 本會對台灣參與WHO聯合聲明 .