FAPA Europe is organizing a letter drive on the WHO issue. Details in email below.


Dear Friends:

As you know, Taiwan is actively seeking to join the WHO (World Health Organization), and this May 19th to 24th, the annual World Health Assembly meeting will be held in Geneva….If you have friends or relatives who are also fluent in English, French, German, Greek or whichever European language (such as university students in Taiwan majoring in foreign languages, or friends and relatives living in N. America or Europe), please encourage them to write to their foreign affairs ministers. It is every citizen’s responsibility to stand up for his country especially with the difficult situation Taiwan finds itself now, relying on government officials to do all diplomatic missions are just not enough. Please join us by starting your own WHO letter campaign today.

A sample letter:

Dear XX, Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Re: Disease Prevention without Borders

In the coming World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting, Taiwan will again seek World Health Organization (WHO) membership application as well as WHA observer status, such admittance is long overdue and we hope you will support Taiwan’s efforts wholeheartedly.

Since the 2005 secret MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between China and the WHO, Taiwan has received only 16 of 231 public health notifications issued by the WHO. Taiwan was notified of only 40 of more than 1,000 WHO technical meetings and allowed to attend only nine of those. The MOU therefore indeed blocked Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the WHO activities instead of its original intention.

Because China has a history of covering up the severity of epidemic spread and diseases within its own borders, if there is any delay in epidemic reporting or statistics misrepresentation, there will be dispute on which side causes the problem. The current WHO’s procedures of informing Taiwan all health-related issues under the MOU guidelines are totally unacceptable. For example, last September in which Thailand exported contaminated baby corn, resulting in severe illness in some countries, but Taiwan’s public health authorities were not informed by the WHO until much later than other countries. Therefore, Taiwan’s representation in the WHO has to be completely independent from China’s involvement, not to mention about the fact that China has never governed Taiwan for a single day since its foundation.

In the era of increasing globalization, the exclusion of Taiwan from the WHO poses a large danger for everyone, including citizens of your country. We cannot afford to leave Taiwan out of the loop in combating the threats posed by epidemics. Global responses to infectious diseases need to be speedy and well-coordinated by all nations, as epidemic spread is not confined to national boundaries.

The WHO Constitution enshrines the principle that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being. If your government is serious about promoting the fundamental rights of all people, then it must support Taiwan’s integration into the global health community in a meaningful manner, independent from China’s unethical demands, and your health officials should actively supervise the operation of the WHO so that the WHO, with its current Chinese Director General, is carrying out the mission of the WHO, not the political agenda of the Chinese government.

Another WHO campaign letter sample is found here but it’s best to change it slightly,

Where to send your e-mails:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

email to Carl Bildt, via the senior registry clerk

Alexander Stubb astubb@europarl.eu.int


UK msu.correspondence@fco.gov.uk
The Rt Hon David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For other countries in EU, please check out the portal by clicking on each flag in the map http://e-uprava.gov.si/e-uprava/en/evropa.euprava, then click on the state’s portal


I think the sample letter is pretty good, since it connects WHO policy to the secret memorandum of understanding between China and WHO that supposedly provides for Taiwan to participate as “Taiwan, China” but which in reality appears to prevent Taiwan from participating.