United Nations Country Team Thailand and Governors of Thai Provinces commit to the country’s sustainable development

United Nations Country Team Thailand and Governors of Thai Provinces commit to the country’s sustainable development

BANGKOK, 6 JUNE 2022 Within the framework of the United Nations’ Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE or UN-PAGE) in Thailand, which is led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a Statement of Commitment to Sustainable Thailand was signed between the United Nations Country Team Thailand and the Governors of Thai Provinces during a high-level event that was opened by Armida Alisjahbana, Under Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary, and by Suttipong Juljarern, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, which oversees the delivery of public services related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Thailand.

“Each Governor’s Statement of Commitment to Sustainable Thailand marks a stronger and more comprehensive collaboration between each province and the United Nations”, said Gita Sabharwal, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand. “The Governors’ leadership is important to advance the SDGs and ultimately to transform Thailand in a high-income, inclusive, sustainable, resilient and advance country”.

“This is the very first time that all Governors came together to advance the SDGs and to promote climate actions with the United Nations Country Team”, said Suttipong Juljarern, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior. “From within the 76 provinces, local action plans or so-called ‘SDGs Localization’ will be developed, emphasizing the ‘Change for Good’ concept in several key areas, including effective waste management”.

As the lead PAGE agency in Thailand, UNIDO, together with UNEP, supports this commitment by working on sustainable financing models for effective waste management in Thailand, which seek to enhance the cities’ effective waste management delivery capacities by using digital application. Initiated in June 2022, a new one-year workstream that contributes to Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green economic model will be piloted in Rayong, Yala, and Chiang-Rai where digital applications for effective financing mechanisms related to waste management will be developed.

For more information on PAGE in Thailand, please visit: https://www.un-page.org/thailand or contact:

PAGE National Coordinator

s.wattanawiroon@unido.org

For more information, please contact:

Stein Hansen

Director and UNIDO Representative

UNIDO Regional Office Hub in Thailand

s.hansen@unido.org

s.chamsuk@unido.org