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Srettha vows to reduce inequality, cut greenhouse gas emissions at UN summit


THAI Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said in his speech at the 78th UN General Assembly Sustainable Development Goals (UNGA78 SDGs) summit that he aims to reduce intergenerational inequality and ensure fair universal healthcare coverage by 2030 as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2040, Matichon said this morning (Sep. 20).

At 7 a.m. Thai time Srettha posted a message on his address to this UN summit on his personal Facebook page where he confirmed Thailand’s commitment to achieving SDGs as follows:

1) Within this decade Thailand intends to bring about strong political change with his government playing a proactive and constructive role on the world stage and through cooperation with other countries will strengthen multilateral system that would help in overcoming challenges to achieving this goal;

2) As the international community must find funding sources to bridge the funding gap for the SDGs, this could be done through issuing green bonds as well as via the digital economy;

3) In creating equality in the international financial system Thailand supports UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for reform and in injecting US$500 billion a year to stimulate SDGs till 2030;

4) At the national level, Thailand will issue two sets of green bonds helping raise US$12.5 billion for investment in reducing greenhouse gases and for society as a whole, including evaluating business operations to ensure they take the environment into account;

5) More than 100 Thai companies in the Global Compact Network Thailand have pledged to invest US$43 billion in projects related to SDGs by 2030;

6) Next year Thailand aims to issue sustainability bonds to stimulate the growth of the green bond market by increasing incentives for relevant agencies to take action to achieve SDGs.

Srettha concluded his speech by saying: “Not only that, my government has pledged to reduce intergenerational inequality by 2030, including providing all Thais with universal health coverage in order to reduce the inequality in access to healthcare to less than 0.25%.

“In terms of environment we aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2040, achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2065.”


Thai Prime Minister Srettha at the UNGA78 SDGs summit. Photos: Matichon

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