Skip to main content

Taiwan: World Health Organization

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 4281, tabled on 11 July 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the World Health Organisation to enable Taiwan to regain observer status.

Answered on

19 July 2017

The British Government was disappointed that Taiwan was not permitted to observe the World Health Assembly this year. We will continue to make the UK position clear: we support Taiwanese participation in international organisations where there is precedent for involvement, where Taiwan can contribute to the global good, and where there is no pre-requisite of nationhood for participation. Given the global reach and often rapid spread of global health emergencies it is of particular importance that all relevant administrations be invited to engage in the World Health Assembly, to ensure that discussions on Global Health Security can benefit from their valuable experience and expertise.