This event focused on Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations centred on global health, an area that China has repeatedly worked to block Taipei from joining and making any contribution. Taiwan has been a global leader in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and is a model for international health best practices. During this month’s G7 Foreign Ministers meeting, the group backed the importance of Taiwan’s role in global health, stressing support for Taiwan’s “meaningful participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly” and praising Taiwan’s “successful contribution to the tackling of the COVID-19 pandemic.” In Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau has also twice stressed the importance of Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHA.
It is already past due to recognize Taiwan’s expertise and also learn from its experience on global health issues. At this event, MLI convened a group of experts to look at the importance of Taiwan’s role in global health security and the positive dividends that can come from incorporating Taipei’s best practices in international forums.
- Representative Winston Wen-yi Chen, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada
- Prof. André Laliberté, University of Ottawa
- Hon. Tony Clement, former Minister of Health
- Jessica Drun, Non-Resident Fellow, Project 2049 Institute
- Scott Simon, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (moderator)