The Foreign Minister has attended the conference at the invitation of the Government of China. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.
It was attended by the Director General of World Health Organization (WHO), the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and high-level representatives from 26 countries.
According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Thai Foreign Minister expressed readiness to share Thailand’s experiences, especially in Universal Health Coverage and the village health volunteer system, both of which have contributed to the high ranking of Thailand among many countries in its recovery from COVID-19.
For future cooperation, Thailand attaches great importance to international cooperation with solidarity on the development of vaccines, while ensuring equal access for all, rich or poor. It considers human security as key to sustainable development and is ready to cooperate with all countries to promote food security.
The Foreign Minister also reiterated the need for all parties to promote constructive and peaceful environment and mutual trust, while refraining from protectionism and nationalism. This would be a win-win cooperation. China’s Foreign Minister commended Thailand for this insightful vision.
Other participants, including the Director-General of WHO and the Administrator of UNDP, stressed the importance of international cooperation to strengthen the public health system, achieve Universal Health Coverage, and ensure equal access to vaccines and medicines.
They also promoted multilateral cooperation, infrastructure development to enhance connectivity to sustain global production and supply chains, cooperation on technology and innovation as well as human resource development. Providing assistance to countries badly affected by COVID-19, such as debt suspension to ensure sustainable development in developing countries should also be a priority.
The meeting adopted a Joint Statement focusing on four areas of cooperation, namely prevention and control of the spread of disease, boosting connectivity through high quality infrastructure projects and facilitating the movement of people and goods, promoting economic recovery, and deepening practical cooperation such as development of economic corridors and economic zones along the BRI route.