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Top Stories : Statement by Thailand at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, 19 June 2015

Statement by Thailand

H.E. Mr. Thani Thongphakdi

Ambassador and Permanent Representative
at United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Humanitarian Affairs Segment

17 – 19 June 2015

 The United Nations, Geneva




Mr. President,

Mr. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator,


Distinguished delegates,


At the outset, my delegation wishes to associate itself with the statement delivered by South Africa on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. I also wish to congratulate through you, Mr. President, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator upon his appointment. We are confident that under his able leadership, OCHA and the UN Humanitarian Affairs system will continue to support those in need and to leave no one behind.  


Mr. President,


Thailand believes that our deliberations during the ECOSOC’s Humanitarian Affairs Segment this year on the future of humanitarian affairs will contribute much to ongoing discussions on the Post-2015 development agenda that our leaders will adopt in New York this September, as well as preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit next year.


As mentioned in the Secretary-General’s report, crises are becoming more protracted and natural disasters more frequent. The human impact and economic and social losses related to this increasing number of crises and emergency situations underscore the urgent need for the humanitarian community to find more effective and sustainable solutions and to balance immediate response and long-term solutions, through risk assessment, prevention and preparedness.


As underlined by many previous speakers, while the need for humanitarian assistance increases, necessary humanitarian financing did not follow with the same pace. This resource gap is widening and we have to do more with less. There is no magic solution. Many humanitarian situations, especially protracted conflicts, need to be addressed through political solutions and commitments.


International cooperation and burden sharing should also be strengthened as humanitarian situations are becoming more and more complex.  Take for example the situation of migrants at sea--be it in the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aden or the Bay of Bengal--which underscores how indispensable it is for the international community to show solidarity and cooperate since no single country can handle humanitarian crises of such scale alone.


On our part, two weeks ago, on the 29th of May, Thailand hosted a Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, which brought together the countries concerned and international organizations, and where proposals for short and long term responses have been put forward.


Mr. President,


Taking a step back and looking at the broader picture, this year also presents a unique opportunity for the international community to shape strategic plans among the various Post-2015 processes, including a closer link between humanitarian considerations and development factors. Indeed, coherence between the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the post-2015 development agenda and climate change arrangements must be ensured.


For the future of humanitarian affairs to be sustainable,
it should resort more and more to development and preventive means. Addressing root causes and promoting stability and development in the country of origin and conflict areas can and do contribute significantly to a sustainable humanitarian solution.


More accountability, respect for human rights principles and compliance with international humanitarian law should be promoted.  The International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent later this year, as well as the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 will be important fora to further mobilize political and public support in this regard.


At the national level, political will and commitment must also be translated into concrete actions and initiatives.  An all-of-government and all-of-society approach should thus be recognized and integrated into preparedness, response and recovery efforts. The roles of local communities, private sector and relevant stakeholders should be encouraged as new form of partnership and cooperation.


Let me conclude by reiterating Thailand’s commitment and readiness to continue working closely with the United Nations as well as all Member States and other partners towards this end.


I thank you.