18/09/2023 10:03 PM

BANGKOK, Sept. 18 (Bernama) -- Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is set to renew global confidence in Thailand as he will represent the country's new democratically elected government at the United Nations' yearly gathering of world leaders.

Srettha is leading a delegation to the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York starting Monday till Sept 24.

This will be Srettha’s first mission abroad after he was voted as the new prime minister on Aug 22.

The Thai Foreign Ministry in a statement said the Thai premier’s participation will ensure the international community's confidence in Thailand's stability, potential, and readiness to move forward and forge dynamic relations with all countries.

“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,” it said.

The Foreign Ministry said Srettha’s participation in the UNGA will reaffirm Thailand's confidence in and support for global solidarity, as well as Thailand's commitment as a constructive and responsible United Nations Member State.

“Thailand calls for a balanced global agenda and the strengthening of the UN's role in addressing current and future challenges amidst polarisation in today’s geopolitical landscape,” the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said Srettha’s participation will 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 promote peace and well-being, good environment and universal health coverage.

Srettha will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara  and Deputy Foreign Minister Jakkrapong Sangmanee to participate in the High-level Week of the UNGA.

During his trip to New York, Srettha will carry out UN-related functions, hold bilateral meetings with world leaders, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and chief executive officers (CEO) of prominent US companies, as well as meeting the Thai community in New York.

At the UN meeting, Srettha 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.

The Foreign Ministry said  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.

This year’s General Debate is being held under the theme, “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”.




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