11 July 2024

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has pledged to work for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) attainment to uplift the lives and well-being of Thai people.

Srettha promised to leave no one behind and to promote and protect the human rights of all people. The pledges included pushing cooperation in support of climate action.

He was delivering the statement at the Leaders’ Dialogue 6 of the SDG Summit 2023 at the UN Headquarters, New York, being held during the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Looking forward, Srettha stressed the need for transformative approaches that will lead to a more people and planet-centric development.

He also emphasised the importance of effective multilateralism and expressed support for the UN Secretary-General’s call for reform of the international financial architecture, while underscoring the need to scale up investment in SDG acceleration projects.

According to Thai Foreign Ministry, Srettha is on his first mission abroad and will renew global confidence in Thailand, as he will represent Thailand’s new democratically elected government at the United Nations’ yearly gathering of world leaders.

His participation will assure the international community of Thailand’s stability, potential and readiness to move forward and forge dynamic relations with all countries.

He will reaffirm Thailand’s confidence in and support for global solidarity, as well as its commitment as a constructive and responsible UN member state.

Thailand calls for a balanced global agenda and the strengthening of the UN’s role in addressing current and future challenges, amidst polarisation in today’s geopolitical landscape.

Thailand also pledges to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to tackle the development crisis, inequality and climate change, as well as promote peace and well-being, a good environment and universal health coverage.

During his trip to New York, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with world leaders, the UN Secretary-General and CEOs of prominent US companies, as well as meeting with the Thai community in New York and Team Thailand USA.

At the UN, he will also deliver Thailand’s national statements at the General Assembly and the Climate Ambition Summit.

He will deliver the opening remarks at the ASEAN event on sustainable development, hosted by Thailand, on the theme of “Fostering Partnership for Our Common Future: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Accelerate the SDGs in ASEAN,” as Thailand serves as the ASEAN Coordinator in Sustainable Development Cooperation.