MOFA to support ICAO assembly coverage
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is endeavoring to help Taiwanese media attain approval from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to cover its upcoming assembly in Montreal later this month, an official said yesterday.
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Taiwan has been invited by the ICAO to participate in its 38th Assembly to be held from Sept. 24 to Oct. 4. This is the first time the ICAO, a specialized agency under the U.N., has invited Taiwan to take part in its proceedings.
However, Taiwanese reporters who applied to the ICAO for press passes were denied by the event organizers, who cited the U.N.'s standing “one China” policy, according to local media reports.
Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵), director-general of MOFA's Department of International Organizations, said yesterday that the ministry has learned of the situation and is currently using every possible means to resolve the impasse.
“This is the first time Taiwan has been invited to the ICAO Assembly, and the Taiwan government will continue to negotiate with the event organizers via all available channels so that Taiwanese reporters can cover the assembly,” he said.
MOFA announced last week that the invitation was sent by ICAO Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez to Shen Chi (沈啟), Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) director-general.
Shen is scheduled to lead a delegation under the title “Chinese Taipei” to attend the triennial ICAO assembly as “invited guests” of the ICAO Council president.
MOFA Asks Allies to Speak Up during UN Meeting
Meanwhile, Hsieh stated yesterday that the ministry would ask the R.O.C.'s diplomatic allies to speak up in support of Taiwan's contribution to the global community at the ongoing U.N. meeting.
The General Assembly of the U.N. opens its 68th session on Tuesday at the U.N. Headquarters in New York with a planned focus on progress toward designated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed targets.
Hsieh noted that the government, in accordance with this year's theme, has asked its diplomatic allies to call attention to Taiwan's bilateral cooperation projects with its allies at the coming session's General Debate, in the hope of further highlighting Taiwan's contribution to attaining MDGs.
The MDGs are eight international development goals officially established following the U.N.'s Millennium Summit U.N. in 2000, and are listed as: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing child mortality rates; improving maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.