Resolution Supporting Taiwan’s Meaningful Participation in the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
As a key international transport hub, Taiwanese airspace is critically important to the global community. 365,000 Americans traveled to Taiwan for business and leisure during 2009, and in 2008 Taoyuan International Airport was ranked the world’s 15th largest airport by cargo volume. Aviation safety in Taiwan is in the best interests of both American economic and civil activity.
Taiwan has been working consistently to improve cross-strait relations with China and attain broader recognition in international bodies. In 2009 Taiwan was invited to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) as an observer, and inclusion in the ICAO would be a constructive step towards such international recognition of this important democratic trading partner.
As the ICAO and UN statements of purpose both support international inclusion and safety, Taiwan’s participation in the ICAO would confirm an international and US message of multilateral cooperation. We support Taiwan’s Meaningful Participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and urge the State Department to make appropriate arrangements to facilitate Taiwan’s participation in ICAO’s meetings, mechanism, and activities, for the purposes of international aviation safety and security
WHEREAS, Taiwan, with a population of 23 million, has worked tirelessly to improve cross-Strait relations since President Ma Ying-Jeou came to power in 2008; and
WHEREAS, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan have recently completed negotiations on an Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) resulting from closer cross-Strait ties; and
WHEREAS, the UN’s stated purpose is “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples … [and] to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic … character … [and] to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization (WHO) invited Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) to attend the 62nd World Health Assembly in April 2009 as an observer, setting a precedent for UN specialized agencies of recognition of Taiwan as an entity; and
WHEREAS, Taiwan’s absence from UN specialized agencies, like the ICAO, has had adverse effects on Taiwan’s development and is inconsistent with Chapter 1 of the UN Charter’s stated Purposes and Principles; and
WHEREAS, aviation safety is a global issue that requires all members of the global community to take part in the ICAO in order to best serve the interests of every passenger; and
WHEREAS, Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport is a key air transport hub in the Asia Pacific region, with the Taipei Flight Information Region (Taipei FIR) ranked the world’s 15th largest by cargo volume in 2008; and
WHEREAS, 365,000 Americans traveled to Taiwan for business and leisure during 2009, making aviation safety in Taiwan a priority for Americans’ safety and best interests; and
WHEREAS, Taiwan makes meaningful contributions to the world community through foreign aid and its position as a major transport hub both of which could be facilitated by an ability to work within UN frameworks; and
WHEREAS, the inclusion of Taiwan in ICAO is consistent with the ICAO’s stated purpose of ensuring that “international civil aviation be developed in a safe and orderly manner and that international air transport services may be established on the basis of equality of opportunity and operated soundly and economically”;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the commonwealth/state of [INSERT STATE] supports Taiwan’s Meaningful Participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the commonwealth/state of [INSERT STATE] urges the State Department to make appropriate arrangements to facilitate Taiwan’s participation in ICAO’s meetings, mechanism, and activities, for the purposes of international aviation safety and security; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, to the Secretary of State of the United States, to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, to the U.S. Ambassador to the ICAO, to the U.S. Trade Representative and to the Secretary of Transportation.
Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on September 19, 2010.