By: Rita Cheng, Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao
Washington, May 16 (CNA) A bipartisan group of 172 members of the U.S. House of
Representatives called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to allow Taiwan to participate in its annual global health summit in a letter sent Wednesday to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The group strongly urged Ghebreyesus to allow Taiwan’s unconditional inclusion as an observer in this year’s 71st World Health Assembly (WHA), and in future annual and technical meetings.
The 71st WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO, is set to kick off May 21 in Geneva, but Taiwan failed to secure an invitation for the five-day summit ahead of a May 7 deadline.
Taiwan started its efforts to join the WHO in 1997 but did not get invited to attend the WHA as an observer until 2009. [FULL STORY]