Thailand tops the region for progress on sustainability

Thailand ranks first in Southeast Asia for progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 44th in the world in the United Nations’ latest SDG report. This is the fourth consecutive year Thailand has finished at the top of the list in the region.
The four first-place rankings testify to the Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and building a better world. Thailand made impressive gains in poverty eradication and was on track to achieve the SDGs in quality education, clean water and sanitation, industry innovation and infrastructure, and responsible consumption and production.
Many Thai corporations have also been making efforts to become more sustainable in their business practices.
“Economic development was part of the assessment, which looked at 17 SDGs that covered areas of human development, environment, peace and justice and partnership for development,” Thipanan Sirichana, Deputy Government Spokeswoman, noted.
Finland finished atop the global rankings. In Southeast Asia, Thailand was followed by Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR.
The Sustainable Development Report is compiled and published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). The report is an annual assessment of each progress or lack thereof for each of the 193 UN Member States on the SDGs.
According to the report, Thailand achieved a score of 74.13. Next closest scores in the region were Vietnam at 72.76 and Singapore with 71.72.