The Cabinet, during its meeting on 18 September 2023, approved three draft political declarations concerning public health, to be endorsed at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York.
The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, assigned the head of the Thai delegation, or his representative, participating in the UNGA78 to sign the three political declarations, following the proposal by the Ministry of Public Health.
The three political declarations include (1) Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response, (2) Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, and (3) Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on the Fight Against Tuberculosis.
Prime Minister Srettha is leading a Thai delegation to participate in the High-level Week of UNGA78 from 18 to 24 September 2023. He is also accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakkrapong Sangmanee.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Srettha’s first mission abroad is set to accomplish several aims:
(1) Renew global confidence in Thailand, as he will represent Thailand’s new, democratically elected government at the United Nations’ yearly gathering of world leaders. His participation will assure the international community of Thailand's stability, potential, and readiness to move forward and forge dynamic relations with all countries. Moreover, it will be an opportunity to present the new government’s policies, especially in the areas of economics, trade and investment, technology and innovation, and sustainable development;
(2) Reaffirm Thailand's confidence in and support for global solidarity, as well as Thailand's commitment as a constructive and responsible UN Member State. Thailand calls for a balanced global agenda and the strengthening of the UN's role in addressing current and future challenges amidst polarization in today’s geopolitical landscape;
(3) Accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle the development crisis, inequality, climate change, as well as promoting peace and well-being, a good environment, and universal health coverage.
At the United Nations, he will deliver Thailand’s national statements at the General Debate, the SDG Summit, and the Climate Ambition Summit. He will also deliver the opening remarks at the ASEAN event on sustainable development hosted by Thailand under the theme “Fostering Partnership for Our Common Future: Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Accelerate the SDGs in ASEAN,” as Thailand serves as the ASEAN Coordinator in Sustainable Development Cooperation.
During the UNGA78 High-level Week, Thailand will also launch its campaign for the candidature of the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2025-2027.