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S. RES. 26

    Introduced on 20 January 1999, by Senators Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), Connie Mack (R-Fla.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). Passed unanimously by the Senate on April 12, 1999.

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1st Session

S. RES. 26

Relating to Taiwan's Participation in the World Health Organization.


January 20, 1999

Mr. MURKOWSKI (for himself, Mr. TORRICELLI, Mr. HELMS, Mr. THOMAS, Mr. MACK, Mr. SMITH of Oregon, Mr. KYL, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Mr. KERRY, Mr. LOTT, Mr. BREAUX, Mr. CLELAND, Mr. ROTH, Mr. DEWINE, Mr. BENNETT, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mr. COVERDELL, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. FEINGOLD, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. ASHCROFT, and Mr. ENZI) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

March 26, 1999

Reported under authority of the order of the Senate of March 25, 1999, by Mr. HELMS, with amendments

[Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]

April 12, 1999

Considered, amended, and agreed to


Relating to Taiwan's Participation in the World Health Organization.

Whereas good health is a basic right for every citizen of the world and access to the highest standards of health information and services is necessary to help guarantee this right;

Whereas direct and unobstructed participation in international health cooperation forums and programs is therefore crucial, especially with today's greater potential for the cross-border spread of various infectious diseases such as AIDS and Hong Kong bird flu through increased trade and travel;

Whereas the World Health Organization (WHO) set forth in the first chapter of its charter the objective of attaining the highest possible level of health for all people;

Whereas in 1977 the World Health Organization established `Health for all by the year 2000' as its overriding priority and reaffirmed that central vision with the initiation of its `Health For All' renewal process in 1995;

Whereas Taiwan's population of 21,000,000 people is larger than that of 3/4 of the member states already in the World Health Organization and shares the noble goals of the organization;

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

Whereas prior to 1972 and its loss of membership in the World Health Organization, Taiwan sent specialists to serve in other member countries on countless health projects and its health experts held key positions in the organization, all to the benefit of the entire Pacific region;

Whereas the World Health Organization was unable to assist Taiwan with an outbreak of enterovirus 71 which killed 70 Taiwanese children and infected more than 1,100 Taiwanese children in 1998;

Whereas Taiwan is not allowed to participate in any WHO-organized forums and workshops concerning the latest technologies in the diagnosis, monitoring, and control of diseases;

Whereas in recent years both the Republic of China on Taiwan's Government and individual Taiwanese experts have expressed a willingness to assist financially or technically in WHO-supported international aid and health activities, but have ultimately been unable to render such assistance;

Whereas the World Health Organization allows observers to participate in the activities of the organization;

Whereas the United States, in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review, declared its intention to support Taiwan's participation in appropriate international organizations; and

Whereas in light of all of the benefits that Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization could bring to the state of health not only in Taiwan, but also regionally and globally: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that--

      (1) Taiwan and its 21,000,000 people should have appropriate and meaningful participation in the World Health Organization;

      (2) the Secretary of State should report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by [Struck out->] April 1, 1999, [<-Struck out] April 20, 1999, on the efforts of the Secretary to fulfill the commitment made in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's membership in international organizations that accept non-states as members, and to look for ways to have Taiwan's voice heard in international organizations; and

      (3) the Secretary of State shall report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by [Struck out->] April 1, 1999, [<-Struck out] April 20, 1999, on what action the United States will take at the May 1999 World Health Organization meeting in Geneva to support Taiwan's meaningful participation.


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Source: THOMAS