First Millenium Development Goal in Thailand

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Delegation from Thailand

Position Paper for General Assembly

The topics before the General Assembly are about the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number one: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. They are: halve the proportion of people whose income is less than 1$ per day; full employment for all; halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. The Millennium Development Campaign (MDC) forecasts that countries involved in it achieved the goals it established from by the end of 2015. Thailand has already achieved those goals at national level so now it’s working on a new project called MDG Plus.

Eradicate Poverty: halve the proportion of people whose income is less than 1$ per day and full employment for all

In the last decades Thailand was characterize by a long economic growth process, which let it move from being a low development country to being a medium development country with a HDI rate of 0,682 (in 2011). The Royal Thai Government, with its king Bhumibol Adulyadej, has strongly sustained this trend of improvement especially in the last years with the execution of the Tenth National Economic and Social Development Plan, active from 2007 to 2011, which succeeded in giving the country a stable and sustainable economy in accordance with the Philosophy of the Sufficiency Economy, a guideline for practices in development and administration from the family level to the community and government levels. The plan contributed to rise the country Green and Happiness Index (GHI) of 65-67% and helped Thailand cope with the effects of 2008 global economic crisis. The successful results of this plan push the authorities to join a new one: the Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan. This is operative from 2012 to 2016 and, differently form the previous one, has to deal with more complicated domestic and external changes and with fluctuations which present both opportunities and threats to national development. Another plan related...
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