Thailand has reiterated the importance of reforming the Global Health Architecture at the COVID-19 Global Action Plan (GAP) for Enhanced Partnership Ministerial Meeting in New York.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pradmudwinai attended the COVID-19 Global Action Plan (GAP) for Enhanced Partnership Ministerial Meeting co-hosted by the US, Spain, Botswana and Bangladesh. The event brought together over 20 nations and international organizations that have worked as partners to enhance international coordination in ending the acute phase of the COVID pandemic and strengthen preparedness and response for future health threats.
Through three key messages, the Foreign Affairs Minister shared thoughts on how Thailand has contributed to global collaboration to strengthen SDG3 in order to promote global health security and solidarity:
(1) Thailand has worked to improve health equity through Universal Health Coverage (UHC) scheme to protect everyone’s health in a non-discriminatory manner and ensure equitable access to health services.
(2) Thailand has utilized its resources to train and motivate relevant stakeholders to engage in the pandemic containment process, thus contributing to addressing the global shortfall of health workforce. The Deputy Prime Minister highlighted two main initiatives, the first of which is collaboration with neighboring countries through training new epidemiologists and migrant worker volunteers to help control the pandemic. The second initiative is the recent establishment of the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED) as the center of excellence and regional hub to strengthen regional capabilities to prevent, prepare, detect and respond to emerging health emergencies.
(3) Thailand reiterates its commitment to bolster supply chain resilience while continuing its efforts to get its sustainable development goals (SDGs) back on track. The foreign affairs minister underscored the development of stockpiles of health products, with an emphasis on sustainability through the use of renewable energy and waste recycling.
This event provided an opportunity for Thailand to emphasize the importance of reforming the Global Health Architecture for more equity, inclusivity and coherence, specifically by finalizing a new treaty on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response under the World Health Organization (WHO).