Text: H.R.428 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 107-10 (05/28/2001)
[107th Congress Public Law 10]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 107-10
Concerning the participation of Taiwan in the World Health
Organization. <<NOTE: May 28, 2001 - [H.R. 428]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. CONCERNING THE PARTICIPATION OF TAIWAN IN THE WORLD HEALTH
(a) Findings.--The Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Good health is important to every citizen of the world
and access to the highest standards of health information and
services is necessary to improve the public health.
(2) Direct and unobstructed participation in international
health cooperation forums and programs is beneficial for all
parts of the world, especially with today's greater potential
for the cross-border spread of various infectious diseases such
as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, and
(3) Taiwan's population of 23,500,000 people is larger than
that of \3/4\ of the member states already in the World Health
(4) Taiwan's achievements in the field of health are
substantial, including one of the highest life expectancy levels
in Asia, maternal and infant mortality rates comparable to those
of western countries, the eradication of such infectious
diseases as cholera, smallpox, and the plague, and the first to
eradicate polio and provide children with hepatitis B
(5) The United States Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and its Taiwan counterpart agencies have enjoyed
close collaboration on a wide range of public health issues.
(6) In recent years Taiwan has expressed a willingness to
assist financially and technically in international aid and
health activities supported by the WHO.
(7) On January 14, 2001, an earthquake, registering between
7.6 and 7.9 on the Richter scale, struck El Salvador. In
response, the Taiwanese government sent 2 rescue teams,
consisting of 90 individuals specializing in firefighting,
medicine, and civil engineering. The Taiwanese Ministry of
Foreign Affairs also donated $200,000 in relief aid to the
(8) The World Health Assembly has allowed observers to
participate in the activities of the organization, including the
Palestine Liberation Organization in 1974, the Order of Malta,
and the Holy See in the early 1950's.
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(9) The United States, in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review,
declared its intention to support Taiwan's participation in
appropriate international organizations.
(10) Public Law 106-137 required the Secretary of State to
submit a report to the Congress on efforts by the executive
branch to support Taiwan's participation in international
organizations, in particular the WHO.
(11) In light of all benefits that Taiwan's participation in
the WHO can bring to the state of health not only in Taiwan, but
also regionally and globally, Taiwan and its 23,500,000 people
should have appropriate and meaningful participation in the WHO.
(b) Plan.--The Secretary of State is authorized--
(1) to initiate a United States plan to endorse and obtain
observer status for Taiwan at the annual week-long summit of the
World Health Assembly in May 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland; and
(2) to instruct the United States delegation to Geneva to
implement that plan.
(c) Report.--Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>> later than 14 days after the
date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit a
written report to the Congress in unclassified form containing the plan
authorized under subsection (b).
Approved May 28, 2001.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 428:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 147 (2001):
Apr. 24, considered and passed House.
May 9, considered and passed Senate, amended.
May 15, House concurred in Senate amendment.