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Thailand and Its ASEAN Partners Working toward the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision

May 21, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Thailand and other ASEAN Member States are working toward the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 vision, which could include a possibility of coming up with the so-called ASEAN Development Goals.

The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, mentioned about the ASEAN Development Goals in his opening statement at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. 

The three-day event is being held in Pattaya, Chon Buri province, on 19-21 May 2014. More than 200 representatives, including Ministers and Senior Officials from 53 ESCAP Member States and 9 Associate Member States, are participating in this forum. 

Drawing inspiration from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Mr. Sihasak said that these ASEAN Development Goals would reflect the aspiration of being a people-centered ASEAN and hopefully provide an impetus to the realization of the agreed goals at the international level.

He pointed out that there are numbers of “unfinished agenda” from MDGs that need to be carried over beyond 2015. “For Thailand, some of the issues that should deserve closer attention are poverty eradication, inequality, disaster risk reduction and preparedness, better access to quality health care and universal health coverage, among others.” 

“The challenge is how we set our goals in tackling these challenges so that they are reflected in specific, measurable and yet practical goals that will be responsive to the needs and aspirations of the peoples on the ground,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary stressed the need to promote regional cooperation as it would go a long way in complementing the global efforts. “Here I am pleased to note that the ten Member States of ASEAN are taking the lead in this regard. As you well know, ASEAN is now about to become a Community by the end of 2015.”

He stated that the Post-2015 Development Agenda should continue to take into account the special needs and interests of the developing countries, especially the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States.

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