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Prime Minister Speaks about the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy at COP21

3 December 2015

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that Thailand has adopted the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy as a way to carry out sustainable development in the country.
The statement was part of his speech delivered in Paris at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, known in short as COP21.
In his statement, the Prime Minister explained that the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, inspired by the vision of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, focuses on sustainable growth, on the basis on "moderation, reasonableness, and self-immunity. Thailand has endorsed this philosophy as one of its leading policies for years in order to meet the challenges from both internal and external changes.
COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which runs from 30 November to 11 December 2015, aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping the increase in global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
Thailands participation in this conference shows its firm determination to join the world community in tackling climate change. Prime Minister General Prayut called on all countries to join hands in pushing for the new agreement on climate change that is balanced, flexible, and practical. The new agreement should take into consideration differences in the economic situation of each country and its ability to handle climate change problems. It should also help promote the progress of all emerging countries.
He pointed out that changes in climate have caused impacts on all sectors, especially in developing countries. The global temperatures and sea level have increased and droughts have become severe. As a result, many people are not able to have access to clean water, while the agriculture sector has insufficient water for cultivation. This will affect food security, and already more natural disasters are being seen all over the world.
The Prime Minister urged all countries to cooperate and provide assistance in the form of finance, technology transfer, and capacity-building in order to protect global natural resources. Efforts to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2 degrees Celsius, should take into account the differences of each country, as well.
Thailand pledges a 20 to 25 percent reduction in its emission of greenhouse gases by 2030. The country has launched several environmental campaigns, especially those concerning garbage disposal and reforestation in ASEAN. It also promotes the use of eco-cars and electric trains and has a roadmap to reduce haze pollution.
As the chair of G77 in 2016, the Prime Minister said that Thailand is determined to serve as a bridge-builder and work with various groups in order to achieve the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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