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Thailand Joins International Community in Forging Ahead the SDGs

23 July 2020 (Readers 252)

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has reaffirmed Thailands commitment with the international community in accelerating action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in promoting the importance of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) as a locally-driven development approach to achieve the SDGs and the mobilization of all stakeholders in the development process to build back better after COVID-19.

According to a release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Minister led the Thai delegation to participate in the virtual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2020 between 7and 17 July 2020.

The Forum was organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), under the theme "Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the HLPF2020 focused on COVID-19 responses and recovery in a sustainable manner. Thailand, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage and Global Health, co-organized a side event to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the resilience of public health systems.

One example cited was that of the role of Thailands Village Health Volunteers in responding to COVID-19. A representative from the Thai private sector also featured as a panelist, recommending better coordination between the public and private sectors in the promotion of the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and sustainable business models.

Thai delegates also played an active and constructive role at the Global Technical Meeting (GTM2020) on "Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda, a special event during HLPF 2020. The Director-General and Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, as speakers at GTM2020, shared Thailands policies, case studies and lessons learned in working with stakeholders, and reflected on how innovative pathways can help mobilize volunteers to join forces towards SDGs realization.

Examples raised include the Village Health Volunteers, the SEP, the Friends from Thailand (FFT) Volunteering Program, and the Open-ended Working Group for the SDGs initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with civil society, and Thailands annual Voluntary National Review (VNR) for 2020 under the theme of "Volunteerism for the SDGs.

Mobilizing all stakeholders, including volunteers, women, and youth, to strive towards sustainable development, is one of Thailands priorities during its membership of ECOSOC for the term 2020-2022.

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