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ASEAN Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue in Thailand

1 April 2018 (Readers 1333)

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai stated that Thailand plans to establish an ASEAN Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue to provide some institutional support to sustainable development cooperation within ASEAN.
The statement was part of his opening remarks at the second High-Level Brainstorming Dialogue on Enhancing Complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The dialogue took place at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok on 30 March 2018.
The ASEAN Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue will be funded by the Thai government, building on the existing Center for Research on Sustainable Leadership at Mahidol University.
The Center will help coordinate activities and projects related to the Complementarities Initiative, aimed at driving sustainable development in ASEAN. It will also link up with similar centers in ASEAN Member States to form a network of centers in support of regional sustainable development efforts. These include the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy in Myanmar and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Thailand will work closely with ASEAN Member States to launch this Center by 2019. The Foreign Minister thanked the European Union for already giving its support to the Center and would welcome project ideas for the Center from other interested partners.
He said that Thailand is ready to work with partners and particularly the private sector to develop concrete plans to promote sustainable consumption and production. This could include, for example, measures to reduce food waste and promote green lifestyles, on the consumer side, as well as innovative, smart solutions for industrial production. Such plans could be part of the activities developed through a network of Smart Cities in ASEAN and Dialogue Partners that is expected to be launched this year.
To take this forward, Thailand is prepared to work with interested partners as well as the private sector to host a workshop on sharing best practices and promoting smart solutions for sustainable consumption and production in this region.
Thailand has been the ASEAN Coordinator for Sustainable Development Cooperation since February 2016.
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