Thailand Is Striving to Fast-Track the Achievement of the SDGs

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Srettha Thavisin was pleased with Thailand’s progress in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and thanked all relevant agencies for their efforts in striving to achieve all the SDGs in the country.

Government Spokesperson Chai Wacharonke stated that the Prime Minister had learned about the Annual Results Report 2023, issued by the United Nations, to provide a high-level narrative of the UN Country Team’s contributions to accelerating the SDGs at scale in partnership with the government, private sector, and civil society.

He said that the Prime Minister emphasized Thailand’s readiness to enhance cooperation with the UN Country Team Thailand in transforming Thailand into a more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous nation in alignment with its national priorities.

According to the report, a landmark commitment with all 76 governors through the Ministry of Interior is enabling localized SDG progress at scale with a focus on climate action.  The UN convened nearly 1,000 local-level authorities to develop SDG action plans at the subnational level. This enabled the scaling up of waste segregation and collection to 14 million rural households, which is yielding over 550,000 tons in annual carbon reductions and its equivalent in carbon credits.

The first tranches of these credits, approved by the Greenhouse Gas Management Organization, was bought by a national bank and companies. Carbon credits are used by local authorities to invest in community climate action. The partnership is expanding to community waste banks across 22 provinces, enhancing the recycling rate of paper, plastic, and aluminum. This example of good practice was showcased by Thailand at COP28.

For the refugees in the nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), together with the Government and the United States, launched a large-scale group resettlement initiative to rebuild their lives in third countries. In 2023, six urban refugees also started their undergraduate school year at Siam University through a scholarship program that offers qualified refugee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree. 

The Government Spokesperson said that the UN also commended the efforts made by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya in her initiative on “sustainable fashion.” This initiative provides upskilling on sustainable fashion to two million women weavers nationwide. It also promotes the use of natural dyes and the preservation of traditional motifs and designs, which has resulted in women weavers earning higher incomes by globally benchmarking Thai fabrics and making them even more competitive. An assessment shows that the carbon footprint of silk fabrics has also reduced emissions during their lifecycle.



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