Why Taiwan is a natural partner in global health security

This event will focus 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 Taipei’s experience on global health issues. At this event, MLI will convene 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.

Opening Remarks

  • Representative Winston Wen-yi Chen, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada

Scott Simon, Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, will moderate the discussion of our panelists:

  • Prof. André Laliberté, University of Ottawa
  • Hon. Tony Clement, former Minister of Health
  • Jessica Drun, Non-Resident Fellow, Project 2049 Institute

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