Partnership with UN & Regional Organizations

Partnership with the United Nations(UN)

Thailand has a long-standing partnership with the United Nations. Our combined strength
has elevated social an economic development in various dimensions and vulnerable sectors.

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and The Economic
and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

UNOSSC and ESCAP are co-hosts of the Global South-South Development Expo 2022 (GSSD Expo 2022) and
have been Thailand’s strong South-South and triangular cooperation partners. Thailand’s partnership with UNOSSC ranges from Secondment Programme to South-South in Action publications which showcase Thailand’s good practices in key development areas. Thailand, through TICA, was the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to second staff members to UNOSSC in 2017. Thailand and UNOSSC Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific have since benefitted from the Secondment Programme.

South-South in Action publications include Sustainability in Thailand: Experience for Developing Countries and Mapping South-South Cooperation in ASEAN.

UNOSSC, hosted by United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) since 1974, was established to promote,coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the United Nations system.

โดยมุ่งเน้นความร่วมมือไต้-ใต้และไตรภาคี สามารถเรียกดูข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับ UNOSSC ได้ที่เว็บไซต์:
https://www.unsouthsouth.org

Regional Directors-General Forum

The Asia-Pacific Directors-General Forum (Regional DG Forum) for South-South and triangular cooperation was initiated by Thailand in collaboration with ESCAP and UNOSSC, the first of which was held in 2018 in Bangkok in parallel with the Regional Consultation on South-South Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.

Both meetings, held at the United Nations Convention Center(UNCC)in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018, aimed to exchange guidelines for enhancing coordination among the agencies responsible for development cooperation, reduce the duplication of cooperation through South-South and triangular cooperation framework, and respond to receiving countries’ needs and providers’ expertise. The meetings took into account diverse development issues and challenges facing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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The 2nd Regional DG Forum was later hosted by Indonesia in 2018 in New York in parallel with the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2018. Moreover, Thailand also hosted a similar forum of ASEAN entitled
“Director-Generals Forum of ASEAN Countries on Development Cooperation “on 22-23 August 2019 under Thailand ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019. Thailand, in collaboration with Indonesia, ESCAP, and UNOSSC, co-hosted the 3rd Asia-Pacific DG Forum in 2020. The 4th Regional DG Forum will be jointly organized by Thailand, UNOSSC, and ESCAP during the GSSD Expo in September 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand.

ESCAP’s Approach to South-South Cooperation

United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA)

UNFPA recognizes Thailand as an international cooperation partner in sharing experiences and best practices with other developing countries with an aim to improve quality of the access to reproductive health services as well as maternal and child health. Furthermore, such cooperation enhances the capacity of public health personnel, nurses, and midwife staff.

UNFPA in Thailand has included South-South cooperation strategy as a core aspect of UNFPA Thailand Country Program. The partnership between Thailand and UNFPA has contributed to the improvement of the maternal and child health in many countries.

The Thailand-UNFPA-Bhutan trilateral Project, a three-year program(2012-2014),focused on Strengthening Institutional Capacity in Maternal Health Program aims to reduce the maternal and child mortality rate in Bhutan to meet international standards and provide knowledge on reproductive health in maternal and neonatal care to public health personnel in Bhutan. Several key-training courses were held:

International Advanced Midwifery Training and International Neo-Natal Programme from
3-14 December 2012 for 21 participants.

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A public health study visit by senior officials of Bhutan in Thailand from 21-27 April 2013 and training program for
Bhutanese health personnel from 18 May-4June 2013,
with a total of 21 participants.

International Advanced Midwifery: Making Motherhood Safer and Neo-Natal Nursing Program organized by Praboromarajchanok Institute and Boromarajonani College of Nursing Udon Thani and Bangkok
during 4 October-1November 2014 for 22 Bhutanese health personnel.

Thailand- UNFPA-Lao PDR Trilateral Project on Strengthening Midwifery Educators and Institutions for Lao PDR

Implemented during 2015-2017,the project aimed to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in Lao PDR to meet international standards as well as develop courses and manuals for teaching nurses and midwives, both in theory and practice in accordance with ICM-WHO standards(International Confederation of Midwives and World Health Organization).
It also helped enhance the capacity of midwifery personnel in Lao PDR.

Study Visit on Midwifery Education for 12 Lao Policy Makers in Bangkok during 13-17 June 2016

Training Course on Strengthening Midwifery
Educators in Lao PDR, including

(1) a 4-month course for 10 participants on
19 June-20 October 2016, and 18 participants
during 19 June – 20 December 2016

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Thailand-UNFPA-South-South Cooperation Solution Network
on Safe Motherhood

co-hosted important workshops including South South Cooperation Solution on Preventable Causes of Maternal Death Meeting and Workshop in Bangkok in 2018 Bangkok as a platform for sharing experiences and solutions on health promotion and maternal mortality reduction.
There were 60 participants from 12 countries, including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand.

The three development partners also organized a training course on Community Empowerment to Strengthen Maternal and Newborn Health Care, in collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University in 2019. There were 24 participants from 10 countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV)

UNV has a “unique global mandate to promote
volunteerism for development” since 1970.

Thailand, through TICA, and UNV have strong South-South collaboration and organized several key activities together. These include

(1) South-South Knowledge Exchange on Youth Volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals project in 2017 in Bangkok to exchange experiences among ASEAN youth volunteers;

(2) Co-launching, in collaboration with UNOSSC, South-South in Action publication entitled
South-South Volunteering as a Driving force for Development: Experiences from Asia and the Pacific.

TICA also participated in UNV’s main global volunteer platforms. The following are key activities:

• Partnership Forum, held during 2014 2016 in Bonn, for representatives from various national agencies,
international organizations, and NGOs to exchange views, share experiences, and develop guidelines
for volunteer program at national, regional and international levels;

• International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference in Beijing, hosted by the People’s Republic of China and UNV(2015 and 2017);

• Launch of the UNV Online Volunteering Service at ESCAP in December 2016 on the occasion of International Volunteer Day.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF recognizes Thailand as a global resource and experience sharing for the elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and Syphilis. In collaboration with the Department of Health of the Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF organized relevant activities to promote Thailand’s achievementsof keeping EMTCT of HIV and Syphilis under the rate of 2 percent, becoming the world’s second country after Cuba and the first country in Asia and the Pacific to receive a certificate of such recognition from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016.

The announcement of South-South Cooperation on Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and Syphilis: Sharing Thailand’s EMTCT Best Practice with the World. The cooperation was initiated in 2019.

In addition, Thailand and UNICEF co-hosted the Multi-Country Capacity Building Workshop on Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission(EMTCT)for 47 health officials from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Lao PDR. The experiences and best practices shared during the Workshop have enhanced the capacity of the participating countries to move towards SDGs through EMTCT.

Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation (PGTF)

Thailand, through TICA, and PGTF have supported and co-financed several South-South Cooperation (SSC) projects submitted by Thai agencies and institutions. The following are some key project and training highlights.

International Training Course on Sufficiency Economy Practices in Community-based and Economic Development (CBED) (2017-2018), implemented by the Faculty of Economics Kasetsart University.There were 19 participants from 19 countries, namely Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Microcredit and Sufficiency Economy Development (2018), organized by the Department of Community Development of the Ministry of Interior. There were 20 representatives from 19 countries,including Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Gambia,Iran, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines,Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Uganda and Vietnam.

International Training Course on Sustainable Community Health Development through Community Health Volunteers: Monitoring, Evaluating, and Supervision (2018), implemented by the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University.16 strong participants from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar and Pakistan attended the training. In addition, there are more projects in a designing and planning phase during the years of 2020-2022.

Partnership with Regional Organizations

Colombo Plan/Colombo Plan Secretariat (CPS)

Thailand has a long-standing cooperation framework with the Colombo Plan/Columbo Plan Secretariat in three important areas. These are the Drug Advisory Programme (DAP), the Gender Affairs Programme (GAP), and the Capacity Building Programme which includes four sub-programmes, namely the Programme for Public Administration(PPA),Programme for Private Sector Development (PPSD), Long Term Scholarship Programme, and Programme for Environment and Climate Change.

Additional information about the Colombo Plan can be found at https://colombo-plan.org

Over the years, Thailand, through TICA, and the Colombo Plan Secretariat(CPS) have jointly organizedtraining programmes for the Colombo Plan Member States in major fields such as agriculture, tourism,environment, energy, community development, and application of the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy(SEP). Examples of training courses include Postharvest Technology of Fruit and Vegetable Crops for Developing Countries, Sustainable Community-based Eco-tourism Development, Sustainable Community Development, Sufficiency Economy in Microfinance for SMEs Development, and Microcredit & Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.