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Thailand Emphasizes People-Centered Development

May 22, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Thailand has emphasized that sustainable development can only be accomplished by placing people at the center.

In her Country Statement at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development on 19 May 2014 in Pattaya, Mrs. Kanchana Patarachoke, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, highlighted His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, which has long guided Thailand’s development model. The Sufficiency Economy is “people-centered development.”

Mrs. Kanchana was a panelist in a Preparatory Session for the 2014-Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council during the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.

She said, “Thailand has long recognized that the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development and the recognition of their inter-linkages are significant for achieving sustainable development in all its dimensions. Economic growth without respect for the environment will not be sustainable. Economic growth without proper consideration for the social dimensions and the vulnerable groups will not be sustainable.”

“Economically, the economy should be restructured toward sustained and inclusive growth which allows for equitable distribution of wealth and enables the region to maintain its resilience from external shocks and sustained growth. Thailand sees green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development as the way forward. We also attach great importance to improving food security through sustainable agriculture, which is a core element in overcoming poverty, generating income and promoting human capitals.”

“Socially, increasing inequality in society is one of the common challenges faced by Asia-Pacific, Thailand believes that people-centered and rights-based development approach should be part and parcel of the post-2015 development agenda. Growth must be inclusive.”

“Health is a strong component of the human development. Investing in the universal access to health services yields positive impacts towards poverty eradication and social equality. Access to health, knowing that one can always receive medical treatment, empowers people. It gives them confidence to work and to lead a normal life. We therefore advocate the inclusion of universal health coverage in the post -2015 development agenda. On education, we support targets on achieving quality education for all, lifelong learning, as well as technical and vocational education.”

“Environmentally, climate change has far-reaching impacts against development, especially on extreme weather events and natural disasters. Frequent large-scale natural disasters can wipe out our hard-won development gains overnight. Currently, disaster risk reduction and preparedness is not being addressed sufficiently in the ongoing process of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, Thailand calls for a greater emphasis on this issue in the post-2015 development agenda. We also call for promotion of sustainable consumption and production patterns and the implementation of integrated water resources management in the post-2015 development agenda.”

“Our visions cannot be translated into actions without the means of implementation. In this regard, Thailand recognizes the significant roles that science, technology and innovation, addressing digital divide, innovative ways of mobilizing resources and global partnership for sustainable development can play in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.”

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