Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has emphasized the importance of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in fostering health security and well-being, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister highlighted Thailand’s prominent and constructive role in advancing UHC at the United Nations Ministerial Meeting on UHC on 8 October 2020, according to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The sideline event was co-hosted by Thailand, Japan, Georgia, as co-chairs of Group of Friends on UHC and Global Health, and the World Health Organization in a virtual format, during the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, to commemorate the first anniversary of the High-level Meeting on UHC and the adoption of the Political Declaration on UHC.
In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Don Pramudwinai said that the importance of UHC in fostering health security and well-being was clearly demonstrated in the following three areas: (1) strong health systems and preparedness in response to crisis, (2) the pivotal role and participation of people and communities as shown in the example of Thailand’s village health volunteers, and (3) the value of promoting healthy lives and well-being for all, including the importance of disease prevention.
The event underscored Thailand’s prominent and constructive role in the global health arena, especially on UHC, which is well-recognized by the global community.
Thailand, as Chair of the Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) Initiative in 2017, successfully put forward two UN General Assembly resolutions, one marking 12 December as International UHC Day and the other calling for the convening of the HLM on UHC.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations in New York was also a co-facilitator for negotiations on the UHC Political Declaration, together with the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Georgia.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department