Palau President Tommy Remengesau said Taiwan’s exclusion from the United Nations should end, boosting Taipei’s stand in the region despite losing Kiribati and Solomon Islands to Beijing in September.

Remengesau addressed the UN General Assembly on September 25 saying that the “collective commitment to leaving no country behind” should be followed by the UN.

“We know from our partnership with Taiwan about the strength of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and its equal and dignified participation in the 2030 Agenda processes will only strengthen our global effort to realize this Agenda.,” Remengesau said.

He stressed that Taiwan should be included in the General Assembly, as well as in the range of international bodies such as the World Health Assembly, International Civil Aviation Organization, and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

  The Solomon Islands and Kiribati have become the latest countries that switched relations to China, leaving Taiwan’s dwindling allies now down to only 15 countries.

In a separate interview with the Pacific reporters on the sidelines of the UN meeting in New York last week, Remengesau said, Taiwan has a role to play in the combat against climate change.

 “I want to emphasize Taiwan has a role to play, they have taken initiative on their own,” he said

 He said Taiwan can contribute then it should be part of the UN family to find a solution to the world’s problems.

 Remengesau at the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage held Sept. 23  also urged the body to let Taiwan participate in the universal healthcare.

“Taiwan’s universal health insurance program is a model for the world. Her support for Palau is an example of the power partnership in realizing universal health coverage,” he said.

 Taiwan is not a member of the UN but it wanted to participate but because China claims it to be part of its territory, it is not recognized by the body as a sovereign state.

 Carreon’s attendance at the United Nations was supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat)