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Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse, Second Secretary, General Debate Agenda Item 3, at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, on 9 March 2017

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse, Second Secretary,

General Debate Agenda Item 3

at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council,

on 9 March 2017

 

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Mr. President,

Thailand wishes to address the issue of business and human rights.

We take note of the report of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights. We support open and constructive consultations on this important initiative to create an international legally binding instrument. The UN is uniquely placed to facilitate dialogue between States, business and civil society.                             

In parallel, we must continue to raise awareness and strengthen the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We should integrate the Guiding Principles into our national action plans. Thailand is working towards a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. We are gathering data and developing national baseline assessment to be used for drafting the Action Plan.

In this process, we are engaging closely with the private sector and other stakeholders to ensure that the Action Plan is not just a piece of document, but a blueprint that is attainable in practice.

Moreover, regional cooperation, technical assistance and capacity-building are crucial in enhancing national capacities.

Thailand has reached out to build partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders. Last year our officials visited Singapore and Sweden to learn about their good practices. We are also using regional platforms, such as ASEAN and the Bali Process, to advance business respect for human rights.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.