On 16 November 2011, at Government House, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, and Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, held a joint press conference following their meeting. The Prime Minister’s remarks can be summarized as follows:
The Thai Prime Minister underscored the importance attached by Thailand to strengthening its partnership with the United Nations in all of its three pillars, namely, security, developments and human rights. The Prime Minister also re-assured the UN Secretary-General that Thailand valued its position as the hub for UN agencies in the region and that the Thai Government would continue to fully support their activities.
The Prime Minister expressed her appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for his concern as well as for the assistance extended by the UN regarding the flood situation in Thailand, adding that the Thai Government was in the process of formulating a long term plan on water management to prevent the recurrence of similar disasters in the future.
The Prime Minister also stated that Thailand fully supported and looked forward to even closer cooperation between ASEAN and the UN. In this connection, a Joint Declaration on the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Partnership would be adopted at the ASEAN-UN summit in Bali on 19 November 2011. The Prime Minister also underlined ASEAN’s aspirations to play a more proactive role on global issues in international fora, in which ASEAN hoped to receive continued support from the UN.
Furthermore, both side discussed other issues of mutual interest and concern, including the issue of health. The Thai Government has long prioritized this issue, particularly for vulnerable groups such as women and children. In this regard, the Thai Government has established a women development fund as well as adopted policies to support and develop children and youth.
Lastly, the Prime Minister reiterated Thailand’s support for the UN’s efforts in promoting international peace and security, particularly through peacekeeping and peace building, in which Thailand has deployed military and police officers in various UN operations around the world.
Source by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand