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Prayut tells UN Thai­land is ready to share Covid knowl­edge

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>>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 yes­ter­day, 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 has 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 Prayut 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.

 ??  ?? GLOBAL STAGE: Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-ocha yes­ter­day de­liv­ered Thai­land’s state­ment via a tele­con­fer­ence to the Gen­eral De­bate of the 75th Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York.
GLOBAL STAGE: Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-ocha yes­ter­day de­liv­ered Thai­land’s state­ment via a tele­con­fer­ence to the Gen­eral De­bate of the 75th Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York.

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