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Thailand Ranks First in ASEAN for Three Consecutive Years in SDG Index

30 June 2021 (Readers 583)

Thailand ranks first in ASEAN, third in Asia, and 43rd in the world in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2021. In ASEAN, Thailand has come first for three consecutive years.

Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri stated that the University of Cambridge had released the Sustainable Development Report 2021, which details progress by 165 countries on their achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Thailands overall score is 74.19, which is higher than the East and South Asia average of 65.7.

According to the report, Thailand has achieved SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDGs targets that share the indicators that have been achieved (Achieved). It is likely to meet long-term goals, comprising SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and SDG 9, (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure).

There are still high-challenging goals (red status), consisting of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequality), SDG 14 (Life under Water), and SDG 15 (Life on Land).

Since the leaders of 193 United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, this is the first time that the annual report shows a reversal of progress in driving SDGs because of the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has created not only a global health emergency but also a sustainable development crisis.

In this report, Australia was ranked 35th, Malaysia 65th, Singapore 76th, and Indonesia 97th.

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