2011: Taiwan for UN

Taiwan Church News, 3107 Edition, September 12-18, 2011, General Assembly News

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) joins TAUNA in New York in voicing Taiwanese people's plea for UN membership

Reported by Sam Lee, Written by Lydia Ma

Taiwan's desire to be a member of the United Nations was conveyed on various occasions in the US recently when PCT representatives joined Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAUNA) officers on a campaign to promote this issue and raise awareness.

The delegation visited American Institute in Taiwan Washington Headquarters, World Council of Churches Liaison Office, and other organizations and held a promotional event at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. This tour was significant in presenting PCT's perspective to the US on this issue because other Taiwanese officials are also visiting the U.S. this month to garner support for both presidential candidates ahead of next year's elections.

One committee member from PCT Church and Society Committee underscored that the visit to WCC Liaison Office, which is located inside the UN building in New York, was a breakthrough and quite symbolic. The purpose for the visit to this WCC office also concerned Taiwan's entry to the United Nations.

TAUNA's Chief Officer and former PCT General Secretary William J.K. Lo said that Taiwan's future should be decided by Taiwanese people alone. Though peace between the two countries is a common goal, Chinese authorities have yet to respect Taiwan's sovereignty.

"Peace without justice is false peace!" he said, adding that since President Ma and government organizations are reluctant to advocate Taiwan's sovereignty, it's up to civil society organizations to do it. In view of the international community's appeasement of China whenever it oppresses Taiwan, Taiwan must fend for itself and continue to raise awareness about this issue or risk being forgotten by the rest of the world soon.



Taiwan Church News, 3108 Edition, September 19-25, 2011, General Assembly News

"Taiwan for UN" bid raised at WCC liaison office and New York Time Square

Reported by Sam Lee, Written by Lydia Ma

PCT Church and Society Committee and Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAUNA) visited World Council of Churches Liaison Office inside the UN headquarters in New York on September 16, 2011. This marked the first time that a Taiwanese delegation had ever made an official visit to the UN headquarters.

This delegation was led by PCT Church and Society Committee member Rev. Cheng Yin-er, TAUNA CEO William J.K. Lo, and PCT Church and Society Committee Secretary Huang Che-yen among others. During the meeting at the WCC office, they urged the organization to support Taiwan's entry to the UN based on WCC's own core values on faith and justice. The WCC's response was that Taiwan's future should be decided by the Taiwanese government.

Besides visiting the WCC office, the delegation also joined 300 other Taiwanese on the streets of New York the following day for a rally campaigning for Taiwan's admission to the United Nations. This was followed by a stop at New York Times Square where they handed out flyers to raise awareness. Lo, Cheng, and other group leaders also gave various speeches on Taiwan's qualifications to join the United Nations. Using English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Taiwanese, they captivated the attention of passersby, many of whom went on to request flyers for further reading.

This is the 19th year this event has been held, said Cheng, who also noted that the biggest difference and highlight of this year's campaign is the increased involvement of young people, which is a very good sign.


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