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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-141.  JOINT RESOLUTION supporting the application of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for observer status at the World Health Organization.

(J.R.S.29)

   By Senator Mullin

Whereas, good health is essential to every citizen of the world, and access to the highest standards of health information and services is necessary to improve public health, and

Whereas, the first chapter of the World Health Organization's (WHO) charter sets the goal of attaining the highest possible level of health for all persons, and

Whereas, Taiwan's achievements in the field of health are substantial, including one of the world's highest life expectancy levels in Asia; maternal and infant mortality rates comparable to those of western countries; and the eradication of such infectious diseases as cholera, smallpox and the plague; and Taiwan is the first nation to eradicate polio and provide children with hepatitis B vaccinations, and

Whereas, Taiwan's 23.5 million population is larger than that of three-fourths of the member states already in the WHO, and

Whereas, with the great potential of the cross-border spread of diseases, such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, malaria, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002, and avian flu, it is crucial for all countries, including Taiwan, to have direct and unobstructed access to information and assistance from the WHO in order to limit successfully the spread of various infectious diseases, and

Whereas, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Taiwanese counterpart agencies have enjoyed close collaboration on a wide range of public health issues, and

Whereas, in 2002, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate authorized the Secretary of State to endorse observer status for Taiwan at the World Health Assembly, and the House repeated its endorsement in 2006, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends Taiwan's efforts to improve world health and supports its efforts to gain observer status at the World Health Organization, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States; to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of United States Department of Health and Human Services; to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; and to Director-General K. T. Yang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.



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