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Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung to represent Taiwan at WHA, with or without invitation (2017/04/20)
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    Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung to represent Taiwan at WHA, with or without invitation (2017/04/20)

    This year's World Health Assembly is scheduled for May 22nd in Geneva, Switzerland, but with only weeks to go before the close of registration, Taiwan has yet to receive an invitation to the international meeting. Some lawmakers accused the Health and Foreign ministries of not doing enough to snag an invite, but Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung said that wouldn't stop him from traveling to Geneva to speak for Taiwan.

    Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung today faced lawmakers concerned about his ministry's plans to attend the World Health Assembly. There's less than a month left until the event, but Taiwan still hasn't received a formal invitation to attend the meeting.

    Since 2009, Taiwan has attended the World Health Assembly as an observer under the moniker "Chinese Taipei." Last year, then-Health and Welfare Minister Lin Tzou-yien only received an invitation to the assembly on the very last day of online registration. With this year's registration deadline approaching, some lawmakers accused the Foreign Ministry of not doing enough to secure the country's spot at the convention.

    Hsu Pei-yung
    Foreign Ministry Int'l Organizations Dept
    We currently have very open communication with the WHO. We are planning for any possible arrangement and eventuality.

    Chen Shih-chung
    Health and Welfare Minister
    Basically our current plan is to attend whether or not we receive an invitation, to state our positions and to describe Taiwan's contributions in international medicine.

    Chen assured lawmakers that he would lead a team to Geneva, so as not to let Taiwan's doctors and health professionals be excluded from the international community, even if the team cannot take part in the conference.

    中文 Chinese  
    WHA下月登場 陳時中表態:沒獲邀也會率團去

    世界衛生大會(WHA)將在5月22日,在瑞士日內瓦登場,網路報名截止日是5月8日,不過,台灣到現在都沒有收到邀請函。就有立委質疑衛福部、外交部不夠努力,衛福部長陳時中表示,即使最終仍沒收到邀請函,仍會親自率團到現場表達立場。

    立委詢問衛福部長陳時中,有關衛福團隊要參加世界衛生大會的進度,因為距離大會只剩一個月,但台灣仍沒收到邀請。

    台灣從2009年開始,以「中華台北」觀察員身分出席世界衛生大會。但去年蔡政府上任後,前衛福部長林奏延直到網路報名最後一天,才收到邀請函;眼看今年網路報名即將截止,就有立委質疑外交部努力不足。

    [[外交部國際組織司長 徐珮勇]]
    “目前我們跟WHO溝通非常順暢,我們做任何規畫、任何情況發生,我們都有在準備”

    [[衛福部長 陳時中]]
    “基本上目前計畫是(無論收到邀請函與否都)要出席,去表達我們立場跟(闡述台灣)對國際(醫療相關)貢獻”

    衛福部長陳時中表態,一定會率團到場,不會讓台灣醫療被排擠在國際之外。
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