Thailand Millennium Development Goals Report 2009
Thailand MDGs Report 2004 marked the beginning of the MDGs drive in Thailand; it played an important role in stimulating government agencies, the private sector and the public’s interest in using indicators and data to set development targets and monitor progress at national, provincial and local levels. Localizing the indicators to fit the national and local context, improving data quality, data collection and databases is an important part of the process.
This is the second MDGs Report that is based on extensive and active participation. Key governmental agency responsible for driving the development process of each goal/target played an important role in analyzing the situation, identifying the challenges, and assessing the progress/likelihood of success, as well as outlining development strategies. All in all, the MDGs process has expanded, responsible parties clearly identified, to ensure that the MDGs targets and indicators become an integral part of development planning, implementation, and evaluation of each sector/agency.
This Report shows that Thailand has met several MDGs targets, i.e. poverty and hunger, universal primary education, gender equality, fight against HIV/AIDS, access to clean drinking water and sanitation, improving the lives of people in slums, and global partnership. More strenuous effort is needed to achieve sustainable development and to address the country’s ambitious MDG+ targets on child mortality and maternal health in remote areas, all of which requires relentless engagement from all parties.
The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, as the national MDGs coordinating agency, would like to acknowledge excellent collaboration from all government agencies and other organizations in the preparation of the Report as well as active participation throughout the MDGs process. Such contribution has made the MDGs experience extremely useful especially in development evaluation for sustainable development.
Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board