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Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated today in New Delhi that Thailand is eager to create development connections with India, the current G20 chair, in order to protect the common interests of the Global South.

“Thailand stands ready to forge development partnerships with India as the current G20 Chair to preserve the common interests of the Global South in an inclusive way, so that we can deliver sustainable and resilient growth for our future generations,” Prayut Chan-o-cha said in his speech.

Thailand’s Prime Minister said in his virtual address at the inaugural leaders’ session of ‘Voice of the Global South: For Human-Centered Development,’ that people are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and global geopolitical tensions, according to a statement from Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that the Global South must remain unified and gave three proposals for how nations should use India’s G20 presidency to amplify developing nations’ voices. He dubbed the conference’s theme “very timely and important” in his virtual presentation at the Voice of the Global South summit. He praised India’s initiative in putting the development agenda on the agenda of the summit.

“The theme of today’s Summit, “Human-centric Development,” is highly timely and relevant, as our people are now confronted with pandemics, climate change, and global geopolitical tensions that result in soaring inflation as well as food and energy problems. These circumstances have resulted in the “biggest cost of living catastrophe of the twenty-first century” for the most vulnerable among us, according to Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“To overcome these issues, the Global South must remain unified now more than ever,” he continued. In this context, allow me to share three ideas on how we can use India’s G20 presidency to amplify the voice of poor countries in global governance, and how we can steer the global economy toward a more sustainable and inclusive human-centric globalisation,” according to a statement released.

Calling for implementing a more holistic approach, Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said, “Firstly, we need to explore a more holistic development approach that allows us to effectively navigate the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution to make our post-pandemic growth more balanced in all dimensions.”

Prayut Chan-o-cha called on all developing nations to carry on the momentum of the successful outcomes of COP27 and address the need to further mobilise climate finance and investment in the development of affordable low-carbon technologies. He said that Thailand is seeing an urgent need for all the nations to work together to put the well-being of people at the centre of the development paradigm.

“With that, Thailand reaffirms our unwavering determination to support transformative financing actions to sustain Universal Health Coverage, ensure equitable quality education, build sustainable food systems and advance just energy transition that leaves no one behind,” Prayut Chan-o-cha said.

Prayut Chan-o-cha lauded India’s role in sharing best practices and innovative solutions through South-South and Triangular Cooperation to bolster medical research capacity and build on the One Health approach, according to the statement released by Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Thailand recognises India’s leadership role and looks forward to sharing best practises and innovative solutions with you and other partners through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, to strengthen medical research capacity and the resilience of our local communities in responding to future pandemics, based on the One Health approach,” Prayut Chan-o-cha stated.

Furthermore, Thailand’s Prime Minister emphasised the importance of increasing resilience in the face of future uncertainties and catastrophes. Prayut Chan-o-cha described the ongoing food, fuel, and fertiliser crises as a “stark reminder” to nations that price variations and instability endanger the livelihoods of developing-country citizens. He stated that developing countries should step up efforts to strengthen supply chain resilience and disaster management.

He went on to say, “Simultaneously, in order to give a long-term solution to crises, the G20 should create a global framework that helps poor countries ensure the cost, availability, and accessibility of food, fuel, and fertiliser. Furthermore, as the Chair of BIMSTEC 2023, Thailand will continue to collaborate with India in this area to improve infrastructure, maritime, energy, and digital connectivity in the Bay of Bengal region.”

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