Thailand Millennium Development Goals Report 2004

03 Nov 2004


In September 2000, the Government and people of Thailand joined the international community in pledging their support for the Millennium Declaration that sets out a global agenda for human development. Emerging from the Declaration, the Millennium Development Goals are a set of time-bound targets against which governments and the international community will be assessed. The leadership of the United Nations in this initiative is welcome and valuable.

The commitment of Member States to work towards a common shared vision is courageous and inspiring. The Thailand Millennium Development Goals Report 2004 is both for our own use as well as for our friends in the region and the rest of the world. This first Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report for Thailand is a timely contribution to policy-making and dialogue.

In line with our results-oriented approach to development, the concept of MDG Plus is introduced, a set of targets and indicators that go well beyond those agreed at the international level. Achieving these more ambitious goals and targets requires the commitment of all. It will require building partnerships, focusing on the areas of greatest need, and implementing effective action. Given the substantial progress thus far I have no hesitation that Thailand will meet with further success.

This report provides a powerful account of how Thailand has achieved most of the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals. I am confident that our experience can make a significant contribution to international efforts to meet development goals and targets. In this regard, Thailand emerges as an important contributor to the global partnership for development called for in the eighth Millennium Development Goal. Based on our lessons learnt, we are an important partner for other developing countries, offering development cooperation, opening up our markets and providing much needed foreign direct investment.

The Government acknowledges the active involvement of the United Nations Country Team in Thailand and appreciates the leading roles played by the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in supporting the production of the report. We look forward to strengthening and expanding our development partnership in the future.