11 July 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha addressed the “SDG Moment 2021” on Monday, highlighting Thailand’s commitment to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), including the universal health care coverage, and the philosophy of “Sufficiency Economy”.

The meeting was held virtually during the “High-level” Week of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 20th.

In his pre-recorded remarks, Prime Minister Prayut reiterated Thailand’s commitment to cooperating with the international community to accelerate SDG implementation.

In his speech, he highlighted three milestones on the country’s path towards SDG attainment within this decade.

One was the promotion of quality of life and well-being for people of all ages, through a robust public health system and inclusive Universal Health Coverage. The others were the adoption of a “Balance of All Things” approach, by applying the Bio-Circular-Green Economic Model (BCG), bridging the digital gap and promoting digital literacy and accessibility.

These milestones will help to build back better, post-COVID-19, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Thailand, as one of the 42 Member States which presented a Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development this year, was specifically invited to address the event, according to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was an opportunity for Thailand to join other countries in sharing its visions on building back better, promoting sustainable development and attaining the SDGs after the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy as the guiding light, the ministry said in a press release.