BANGKOK, 10 January 2019 – More than 150 representatives from government agencies, civil society organizations, private sectors and international organizations have gathered today to reaffirm their commitment in creating a more promising future for every child in Thailand, agreeing on the need for greater investment in children and young people and strengthening collective efforts.
The event titled “UNICEF’s 70 Years in Thailand: A Future for Every Child”, co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and UNICEF Thailand, with the participation of senior officials, diplomats, civil society organizations, private sector executives, as well as youths, marked the culmination of UNICEF’s 70 years celebrations in Thailand. The event highlighted significant progress made for children in the country during the past decades and acknowledging some remaining challenges, underscoring the important roles of each sectors and members of society in offering creative solutions towards building a future for every child.
“For 70 years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, together with relevant partners, have joined with UNICEF in improving the lives of Thai children and youths,” stated His Excellency Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. “We must continue to working together to create a rewarding future for our children who we believe can truly bring about change as members of the Thai society and the world.”
His Excellency Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand and UNICEF Thailand’s Goodwill Ambassador, remarked “Thailand has made remarkable progress and UNICEF has been an integral part of this journey. This moment today offers us a perfect opportunity to review our success, close the remaining gaps, and to reach every child, by using the power of our voice, support, network and resources.”
About 12 million adolescents and young people aged between 10-24 years old in Thailand are poised to assume leadership roles in families, workplaces and communities and shape up the future for Thailand. However, there are about 14 per cent of secondary school-age children who are not in school, while 15 per cent of young people (aged 15-24 years) are secluded from any forms of education system and employment according to the International Labour Organization. We must continue to work together to promote inclusive education for all children.
“The complexity of the challenges that children face today pushes us to change the way we do business, so that children and young people are better prepared for their future,” said Thomas Davin, UNICEF Representative for Thailand. “Children and adolescents in Thailand need opportunities to acquire new skills to function effectively and creatively in the 21st century environment and workforce. We must look at co-creating solutions and strategies, involving all sectors of society, to ensure that every child has access to quality services and information that will equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in their future.”
A panel discussion was held during the event, under the theme ‘Developing the Human Capital of Thailand: Be Part of the Solution’, in which prominent speakers from the Government, civil society, academia and the private sector discussed and reflected on new ways of working, and how all sectors can play an important role as part of the solution and as the key instrumental force in moving Thailand towards prosperity and high-income status by addressing the needs of every child.
The event was concluded with the participants signing a pledge wall to show their commitment to join collective efforts to ensure that every child in Thailand has a fair chance to thrive and reach their fullest potential.
You can watch the full event here: https://www.facebook.com/unicefthailand/
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