The Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), will be meeting in Geneva from May 22-31, 2017.

Taiwan’s meaningful participation is in the best interests of not only the people of Taiwan, but also the entire international community. As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we are profoundly disappointed that Taiwan has not been invited to attend the WHA this year. The U.S. Congress has long been a vigorous advocate for Taiwan’s inclusion in such international fora, and the World Health Assembly is no different. Public health should not be political. The WHO must remain an independent and neutral body to ensure the overall health of our global community.

Taiwan has been a critical partner on numerous global health issues, including the SARS epidemic and the recent Ebola outbreak, coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is of vital importance that Taiwan continue its engagement with the WHO and other international organizations to address global health and disease prevention needs.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.)

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA)

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)