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Thailand Calls for Greater Cooperation on STI

26 October 2020 (Readers 213)

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Mr. Don Pramudwinai, stated that the COVID-19 pandemic was hampering progress on the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific, and that science, technology, and innovation (STI) would play a key role in post-COVID-19 recovery plans.

The statement was part of his remarks made at the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations on 26 October 2020 at the ESCAP Hall, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.

In his remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said, "We should therefore enhance collaboration on STI, while ensuring that scientific advancement and resource mobilization, especially on the COVID-19 vaccine, can be accessed or access by all groups.

"For innovation to bear fruit, appropriate technologies that are suited to national circumstances must be prioritized. Social and technological innovation should be combined. In this regard, Thailand draws strength from the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, or SEP in short, bestowed by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. The Thai government and private sector alike resort to SEP as a guide to inventing creative solutions for our socio-economic problems, with an aim to promoting sustainability and resilience from within.

"In past decades, Thailand had partnered with the United Nations for national socio-economic development. We have shared locally-driven best practices, including the SEP, with United Nations agencies and other countries through South-South cooperation. As we look to the future in the common pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that leaves no one behind, mobilizing and empowering all stakeholders especially women, and youth, will be truly a game-changer.

"Thailand is immensely proud to be the host country to ESCAP and a regional hub for United Nations agencies. The United Nations regional presence has provided platforms for exchanges and coordination that have advanced the development agenda. Even today, as the platforms have gone virtual in response to COVID-19, they continue to provide a vital focus for joint efforts to build back better. Thailand remains committed to regional cooperation and to working constructively with the United Nations in the spirit of multilateralism.

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