Ambassador José María Liu
Representative, Economic and Cultural Office of Taipei in Spain
As the 75th UN General Assembly, which opens on 15 September, approaches, once again Taiwan is asking for the international community’s support for its participation in the United Nations system, from which it continues to be incomprehensibly excluded owing to pressure from China.
In a year as special as this 2020, marked by the Covid-19 crisis, Taiwan reinforces its demand for active participation in the UN system according to the essential principles of professionalism, pragmatism and contribution, which it has proved to be more than capable of fulfilling during its excellent management of the pandemic and its assistance to the countries most in need.
Based on these same principles, the UN should respect Taiwan’s right to participate in meetings, mechanisms and activities related to the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDA) under conditions of equality and dignity, thus facilitating its effective contribution to the SDA.
However, the serious discriminatory policy, as a result of pressure from China, goes as far as preventing access to UN facilities for holders of Taiwanese passports and Taiwanese journalists themselves, in clear violation of the fundamental human rights of Taiwanese citizens.
Taiwan therefore demands that the UN immediately take steps to address the inappropriate and prolonged exclusion of its 23.5 million people from the United Nations system, with the aim of creating, with Taiwan’s professional, pragmatic and contributory input, a more inclusive, vibrant and sustainable post-pandemic era.
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