Top Stories : Statement by Thailand at the General Debate of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 8 December 2015, Geneva News

Top Stories : Statement by Thailand at the General Debate of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 8 December 2015, Geneva

Statement by

Ms. Pornprapai Ganjanarintr

Director-General of International Organizations Department,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

During the General Debate

at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

on 8 December 2015, Geneva

 

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Mr. Chair,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Today we are confronted with multiple, complex and interrelated risks and challenges, ranging from violent conflicts to natural disasters and environmental problems, to health and pandemic, as well as irregular migration, threatening and adversely affecting the lives and well-being of people in various countries and regions.

 

States need to be ready on all fronts to undertake humanitarian action to ensure safety and well-being of their people, as well as to assist those affected by and are vulnerable to emergencies and crises. We appreciate efforts made by the ICRC Movement in working to provide humanitarian assistance in many ways as well as technical cooperation to reduce suffering of people in need. We hope that this Conference will help shape the future course of the Movement as well as our continued partnership and co-operation.

 

Thailand remains committed to upholding humanitarian principles and continue to engage in the areas where we can join our efforts in working towards promoting humanitarianism. Prevention and preparedness are keys that contribute to the achievement of effective humanitarian response.  Trainings and preparations can always save more lives in the emergencies.   

 

To contribute to the strengthening compliance with the International Humanitarian Law, Thailand, with the support of the ICRC in Bangkok, provides training on IHL and Human Rights Law to our military and police personnel. Lecture series has also been organised regularly since 2003 to raise public awareness. In June this year, Thailand was honoured to receive ICRC President, Peter Maurer, to give a special lecture on “Contemporary Challenges to Humanitarian Action”.

 

Thailand attaches importance to providing access to health services for all people, in particular women and children, both in time of peace and emergency situation. Under the universal health care coverage, Thai nationals are entitled to free basic medical services. Efforts have also been made to expand the scheme to cover migrant workers through affordable health insurance. In time of emergencies, health care services as well as personnel are at risk. It is important to ensure these personnel’s safety and equip them with necessary skills and knowledge. With this in mind, Thailand is planning to organise in March 2016 the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok.

 

As Thailand is located in a natural disaster prone region, it is vital to put in place frameworks for disaster management to ensure that our people are prepared to respond to disasters. In terms of legislation, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act has been implemented since 2007. Thailand’s National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Plan 2015 is also in line with Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. We believe that the key to effective and concrete action is local participation. The Royal Thai Government has therefore worked with various partners on preparedness and building resilience at local and community levels. Regular training and exercise are also organised to ensure rapid and effective delivery of assistance during time of crises.

 

Lastly, disarmament is another area of humanitarian work. The recent Humanitarian Initiative has unlocked the humanitarian dimension of disarmament for the international community. This has enabled the international community to begin a discussion on addressing the humanitarian dimension of nuclear weapons in more meaningful terms. For Thailand, the catastrophic humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons is a fact that we must avoid at all costs, and in doing so we have a lot of work to do in the area of prevention.  Thailand joined the Humanitarian pledge on this issue to commit ourselves to push forward this effort.

 

Thank you.

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