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Ministry maintains low-key approach to UN agencies

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The government is maintaining the same approach used in the past three years to solicit support for the nation’s meaningful participation in UN agencies at the upcoming UN General Assembly, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday.

“We will continue to ask our allies and countries with which we have good relationships to speak for our meaningful participation in the UN system,” Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵), director-general of the ministry’s Department of International Organizations, told a news briefing.

Since 1993, Taiwan has pushed its campaign for full UN membership every year through proposals submitted by Taiwan’s diplomatic allies at the UN General Assembly.

Starting in August 2008, after President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took office, Taiwan forwent its quest for UN full membership, instead seeking “meaningful participation” in the 16 auxiliary agencies of the UN.

After Taiwan was for the first time invited to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA), the governing body of the WHO, in May 2009, the Ma administration made the case for Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in line with the WHA model.

Taiwan hopes countries will urge the UN and its members to consider granting Taiwan observer status in the ICAO and the UNFCCC, Hsieh said.

“We hope they can speak on our behalf and convey the message at the UN General Assembly Debate that we could make positive contributions to the world,” he said.

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