11 July 2024

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has promised a new chapter in Thailand’s democratic development by strengthening its democratic institutions and values, while improving the well-being of Thai people.

Srettha has pledged that Thailand will play a proactive and constructive role, in partnership with the international community, and will forge closer ties and greater prosperity through commerce, investment and trade agreements, leading to the betterment of all.

He was delivering his statement at the UN General Assembly on September 22, on the theme of “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.”

Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke quoted Srettha as saying that the country also intends to work closely with all nations to meet multiple global challenges head on, be they the promotion of sustainable peace and human rights, conservation of the global environment and ecosystems or sustainable development, which require multilateralism and a spirit of international cooperation.

On sustainable peace, Thailand welcomes the UN Secretary General’s efforts in establishing a New Agenda for Peace, which the country believes will spearhead the effort to revive multilateralism and enhance the UN’s role as a platform for the achievement of global peace.

Thailand reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining peace and inclusivity. “It is our belief that through the development of multilateral relations, based on mutual trust, understanding and respect, lasting peace between nations will be achieved,” Srettha said.

Sustainable peace and development is undeniably linked with respect for human rights, human dignity and freedoms. To this end, the Thai government is working to advance equality and justice, especially for the most vulnerable and the marginalised, through strengthening the rule of law and increasing transparency within government.

Bangkok is the ASEAN candidate for a seat on the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2025-2027 term, reflecting the country’s sincere commitment to the advancement of human rights at home and abroad.

In the coming years, the government plans to invest further in upgrading universal health coverage improving the quality of the program and giving patients the freedom to choose the healthcare provider best suited to them, regardless of who they are.

Thailand believes that the global health architecture should be reformed and strengthened, culminating in a ‘pandemic treaty’, which sees a more resilient, responsive and future-ready global public health infrastructure.

Sustainable development is essential in ensuring peace, prosperity and progress. In this regard, Thailand welcomes the SDG Summit, which will affirm that sustainability is the only way forward in protecting the planet and people’s well-being. The government plans to enact policies to stimulate job creation and provide financial support for low-income families and other vulnerable groups.

Additionally, Thailand has been a strong advocate for a more balanced, people-centred and sustainable path to growth. The Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP), the country’s long-standing locally-driven development approach, has been consistently applied to promote balance in all aspects.

Building on the SEP is the Bio-Circular-Green economic model, which leverages science, technology and innovation to advance economic growth, while conserving the environment and ecosystems.

Srettha also emphasised the issue of environment and climate change, adding that the climate crisis is one of the most urgent threats, in line with the UN secretary general’s statement that “the era of global warming has ended and the era of global boiling point has arrived.”

As a leading exporter of food and agricultural products, Thailand is suffering from the effects of climate change and El Niño. To ensure food security for the world, the country is working hard to improve water management systems and farming techniques.

In closing, he invited every nation to be more ambitious in their goals, increase effort, work together and share expertise and learning to address these challenges. He said Thailand expects the “Summit of the Future” to foster a better future for all, based on the reinvigoration of multilateralism, with the UN at the helm, in the global push towards sustainable peace and development.

Read : Full statement delivered by Thai PM at the UN General Assembly