South Africa has taken up its non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. We see it as an opportunity to consult on UN reform, strengthen multilateralism and increase the capacity of the UN to achieve global, political and economic stability.
Taiwan currently ranks as the world's 18th largest economy, the 16th largest trading nation and is one of the top 20 sources of foreign investment. No country that enjoys such economic eminence should be excluded from the UN.
A recent poll on the island showed that 77,3 percent of respondents support using the name Taiwan to apply for membership in the international organisations, including the UN. Only when Taiwan joins the UN can the human rights and security of its inhabitants be guaranteed.
The 23 million people living in Taiwan want their nation to become a member of the international community and make greater contributions to world peace and prosperity.
The fact that Taiwan is applying for UN membership with its name has nothing to do with the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
The situation in the Taiwan Strait deserves the attention of the UN.
Min-Chung Lee, chairman: Taiwanese Association in Southern