Senate Bill on Observer Status at the World Health Organization
What is the State Department's view on the Senate's adoption
of HR 2739, a bill to authorize the Department to initiate
a plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan
at the May 13-17 World Health Assembly?
The Department supports the overall goal of Taiwan's
participation in the work of the World Health Organization
(WHO) and has long worked closely with Taiwan authorities
to advance that objective. We have urged the World Health
Organization and its members to find appropriate ways for
Taiwan to participate. We will continue to do so.
U.S. policy is to support Taiwan's membership in
international organizations where statehood is not an issue.
In those organizations in which it cannot be a member, we
support finding ways for Taiwan's voice to be heard.