Washington, D.C. – Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has expressed strong support for Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting. The WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), will convene in Geneva from May 21 to 30 to address global public health priorities.
Secretary Blinken emphasized that inviting Taiwan as an observer would align with the WHO’s commitment to inclusive international health cooperation and the principle of “health for all.” Taiwan, with its expertise in public health, democratic governance, and advanced technology, has made significant contributions to the global health community. In the past, Taiwan has been invited to participate as an observer in WHA meetings.
The unique capabilities and approaches of Taiwan would bring valuable insights to the WHA’s discussions, enhancing global public health cooperation and security. Secretary Blinken reiterated that Taiwan is a reliable partner, a vibrant democracy, and a positive force in the world.
The United States will continue to advocate for Taiwan’s inclusion as an observer at the WHA and for its meaningful participation throughout the United Nations system and international forums. This support is consistent with the one China policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three U.S.-China Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances.