Prime Minister promotes sustainability at United Nations


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said sustainability would be the key to Thailand’s development going forward with an emphasis on the bio-circular-green (BCG) economy during a teleconference address to the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The Prime Minister noted that the coronavirus pandemic was threatening to undermine and set back progress among many nations, including Thailand, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

“We have ten years remaining to accelerate our actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We must, therefore, work harder, cooperate closer, and further promote the development path with people at the center,” Prayut said at the UNGA76.

“We must also prioritize the participation of all stakeholders and emphasize utilizing technology for development. In our efforts to revive the economy, Thailand launched the ‘Stop COVID, not the Thai economy’ policy and embraced the new business model of the Bio-Circular-Green Economy.”

Thailand achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) well ahead of their 2015 deadline, and has made strong progress towards realizing the SDGs.

With the number of fatalities rising in many countries because of the Delta variant of COVID-19, Prayut said that crises inevitably bring suffering. But at the same time, it teaches us useful lessons that help us develop stronger and more effective responses to future challenges.

“Thailand stands ready to cooperate with all countries in other areas such as food and energy security as well as sustainable development,” Prime Minister Prayut added.

“Multilateralism will guide us out of this crisis together, as it has done so throughout 75 years (of the United Nations), for a future where peace prevails and a better world for this and for future generations,” the Prime Minister said in closing his address.

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