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4840Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020305Primary Sponsor: HarvinAll Sponsors: Harvin, J. Young, Bales, Clyburn, M. Hines, Hosey, Keegan, Kennedy, Miller, Snow and VaughnDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\21041sd02.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020402Subject: Taiwan, participation in World Health OrganizationHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020402 Adopted, returned with concurrence ------ 20020328 Scrivener's error corrected Senate 20020327 Committee report: Favorable 13 SMA Senate 20020306 Introduced, referred to Committee 13 SMA House 20020305 Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate Versions of This Bill Revised on March 28, 2002 - Word format
March 27, 2002
Introduced by Reps. Harvin, J. Young, Bales, Clyburn, M. Hines, Hosey, Keegan, Kennedy, Miller, Snow and Vaughn
S. Printed 3/27/02--S. [SEC 3/28/02 2:07 PM]
Read the first time March 6, 2002.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 4840) to express the belief of the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina that the Republic of China (Taiwan) should be permitted to participate in a meaningful, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
HARVEY S. PEELER, JR. for Committee.
TO EXPRESS THE BELIEF OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA THAT THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEANINGFUL AND APPROPRIATE WAY IN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.
Whereas, good health is essential to every citizen of the world; and
Whereas, access to the highest standards of health information and services is necessary to improve public health; and
Whereas, direct and unobstructed participation in international health forums and programs is critical, especially with today's greater potential for the cross-border spread of various infectious diseases such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, and malaria; and
Whereas, the World Health Organization (WHO) set forth in the first chapter of its charter the objective of attaining the highest possible level of health for all people; and
Whereas, the Republic of China'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 to provide children with hepatitis B vaccinations; and
Whereas, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Taiwanese counterpart have enjoyed close collaboration on a wide range of public health issues; and
Whereas, in recent years the Republic of China (ROC) has expressed a willingness to assist financially and technically international aid and health activities supported by the WHO; and
Whereas, ROC's population of twenty-three million is larger than that of seventy-five percent of the WHO member states; and
Whereas, 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; and
Whereas, the United States, in the 1994 Taiwan Policy review, declared its intention to support Taiwan's participation in appropriate international organizations; and
Whereas, the State of South Carolina and Taiwan have maintained a friendly and fruitful sister-state relationship since 1981; and
Whereas, Taiwan's participation in the WHO could bring many benefits to the state of health not only in Taiwan, but also regionally and globally. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly express their belief that the Republic of China (Taiwan) should be permitted to participate in a meaningful and appropriate way in the World Health Organization.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the World Health Organization.
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