Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed Thailand’s readiness to share knowledge and experiences in combatting COVID-19 at the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA75).
He spoke via a teleconference to the UNGA75 in New York on Saturday, emphasising cooperation between all stakeholders as well as participation by young people within the context of the “new normal” as important forces in building together the future that people want.
His address also touched on the importance of member states’ commitment to multilateralism and global unity in responding to global challenges together.
He thanked the World Health Organization (WHO) for recognising Thailand as one of the countries which have provided the most effective response to COVID-19, notably drawing strength from its Universal Health Coverage scheme.
Moreover, Thailand stands ready to share its knowledge and experiences with interested countries through the Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) initiative, he said.
He also stressed that COVID-19 vaccines and medicines should be considered as global public goods so they can be accessible to all, no matter what their financial status is.
Gen Chan-o-cha-19 added Thailand had performed a constructive role throughout its 75 years of membership of the UN in all three main pillars.
The first, he said, was peace and security. He said Thailand is committed to disarmament and has deployed over 27,000 personnel in more than 20 UN peacekeeping missions, which has contributed to sustaining peace.
Second, he said, was development through various international forums such as the Global South-South Development Expo 2021, and the United Nations Economic and Social Council, of which Thailand is a member for the term 2020-2022.
Thailand is ready to share its best practices in sustainable development, he said.
Third, he said, was human rights. States must uphold human rights obligations, and Thailand was the first country in Asia to enact a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.