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Legislation #: 050486 Introduction Date: 4/28/2005
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Title: Favoring the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization.

Legislation History
4/25/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/28/2005 Adopted

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Favoring the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization.


WHEREAS, good health is important 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, direct and unobstructed participation in international health cooperation forums and programs is beneficial for all parts of the world, especially with todays greater potential for the cross-border spread of various infectious diseases; and


WHEREAS, Taiwans population of 23,000,000 people is larger than that of three-fourths of the member states already in the World Health Organization; and


WHEREAS, Taiwans achievements in the field of health are substantial, including achieving one of the highest life-expectancy levels in Asia; lowering maternal and infant mortality rates to a level comparable to those of western countries; eradicating such infectious diseases as cholera, smallpox, the plague, and polio; and providing hepatitis B vaccinations to children; and

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


WHEREAS, in recent years, Taiwan has expressed a willingness to assist financially and technically in international aid and health activities supported by the World Health Organization; and


WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has allowed observers to participate in the activities of the organization, including the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1974 and the Order of Malta and the Holy See in the early 1950s; and


WHEREAS, the United States, in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review, declared its intention to support Taiwans participation in appropriate international organizations; NOW, THEREFORE,




That the Mayor and Council favor the observer status of Taiwan in the World Health Organization; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread among the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that copies hereof be submitted to the Missouri Congressional delegation with the support of the Mayor and Council.