Thailand urges UN to build consensus among members
September 29, 2013 00:00 By Supalak Ganjanakhundee/The Nat
New York - Thailand has urged the United Nationsto put efforts to build consensus among 193 members in dealing with issues of security, development and human right concerns.
The top UN body Security Council in particular is too often paralyzed when action is most needed to tackle conflict and security matter such as the case of Syrian chemical weapon, said Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul In his address to the UNSG on Saturday.
“Overcoming deadlock and achieving consensus must be a central objective of council reform,” he said, noting that unity and consensus are also needed on development.
All members need to make a final push on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to tackle poverty, hunger and uplift living of the people, he said.
The UN should give special emphasis to the needs of the most vulnerable countries, he said. “If we fail to do so, millions will be left behind, and all of us would be poorer for it.
Climate change is one of most challenges for the UN and it links to another important issue such as food security, he said. Members should help one another by sharing their experience and know-how to mitigate the impact of climate change, he said.
To provide an environment that facilitate unity and consensus, Thailand has proposed the international community to forge a new global partnership, which rests on a common agenda for action, he said.
The partnership involved like-minded states, the UN, regional organizations, civil society and other stakeholders, he said.
To fulfill the proposal, Thailand is applying for membership of the UN Security Council for the term 2017-2018 and in Human Right Council for the term of 2015-2017.
“We are keen to help build the bridges to connect all stakeholders into a more cohesive, action-oriented global partnership,” Surapong said.
Thailand has already begun its work to build bridges not only within Asia but also to Africa and Latin America, he said.
“Our common future depends on our ability to come together to forge consensus on the new realities before us,” he said.
Surapong has also offered to share lessons learned from the country's universal health care coverage (UHC) scheme with other developing countries.
He explained how 300,000 households were saved from falling into poverty. Initiated 10 years ago by the former administration, Thailand has been implementing a programme that charges only $1 per doctor visit. Even non-Thai nationals, especially migrant workers from neighbouring countries, also benefit from it. "Those who benefit most from our model have been the poor and the vulnerable. By working to empower the most vulnerable among us, we ensure that development is more inclusive. We believe that the model should be adapted to other developing countries, and we are willing to share the lessons we learned from our experience." Thailand's health care programme is universal in its coverage of treatments ranging from chronic illnesses, chronic diseases to life saving surgeries.