Situational Analysis and Strategy
The world is confronted with a crisis unlike any other, affecting everyone with dramatic health, societal and economic consequences and threatening the progress made against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The COVID-19 pandemic calls for a multi-sectoral and whole-of-society response to efficiently mitigate the impact on people globally and in Thailand, and safeguard results made towards the SDGs.
The United Nations, underlining the world’s shared responsibility to address the crisis, is calling for global solidarity to stop the pandemic. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has developed a response framed around three objectives: help countries to prepare for the pandemic, to respond to it and to recover from its multi-sector impacts. This requires a simultaneous effort as these objectives are strongly inter-linked.
Globally, UNDP supports countries to strengthen health systems, including helping them procure much-needed medical supplies, use digital technologies, and ensure health workers are paid.
In Thailand, UNDP along the UN Country Team is contributing to the health response by amplifying with its partners prevention messaging to curb the spread of the virus and stands ready to assist the Royal Thai Government with efficient and reliable procurement of medical supplies based on its global network of country offices and suppliers.
Globally, UNDP supports a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response by working across key sectors to slow the spread of the virus and to provide protection for vulnerable populations.
In Thailand, UNDP provides assistance to the most vulnerable and uses existing networks to ensure programming reaches everyone fairly. UNDP contributes to mitigating the socio-economic impact of the pandemic with a special focus on most vulnerable populations such as youth, people with disabilities, ethnic communities, LGBTI people, with consideration to environmental and climate issues.
Globally, UNDP supports countries to assess the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and undertakes urgent recovery measures, especially for the poor, marginalized and at-risk groups.
In Thailand, UNDP together with its partners, conducts surveys to gather reliable data and analyze findings on the impact of the pandemic on several sectors. Using this information, UNDP works with the Royal Thai Government and other key stakeholders to plan and implement recovery measures applying a build-back-better approach, promoting a more sustainable development pathway to strengthen the resilience of Thailand to such crises and pursue progress towards the SDGs while safeguarding the results achieved so far.
Safeguarding the SDGs
The coronavirus is changing the world, starting as a health crisis and having rapidly become a global human development crisis. The pandemic is impacting all dimensions of sustainable development, challenging our society and putting huge pressure on our economies and systems, and in many places reversing development gains.
As part of the UN system, UNDP offers immediate assistance to Thailand's national COVID-19 response, to prepare for, respond to, and recover from this pandemic, ensuring no one is left behind, while safeguarding the progress achieved towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP is mobilizing existing partnerships, leveraging networks and resources and integrating interventions to maximize its contribution to the COVID-19 response. UNDP upholds human rights and gender equality in all its work and places great emphasis on reaching the most vulnerable people in society.
In Thailand, UNDP has defined four pillars for its contribution to the national COVID-19 response.
Areas of interventions
Leveraging Partnerships for Results
UNDP harnesses the power of partnerships to bring all actors together to both bridge the gap in the emergency and lay the foundation for a more resilient and sustainable future.
- Collaborate with UN Agencies and complement their expertise toward a shared goal of mitigating the socio-economic and environmental impact of the pandemic
- Create a private sector platform for a coordinated targeted intervention, working closely with the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Thailand Responsible Business Network and the Global Compact Local Network in Thailand
- Provide support to grassroots partners to reach the most vulnerable people impacted by immediate and longer term impact of the outbreak
- Tap into international financing and funding opportunities for maximum impact in the short, medium and long term, and promote an integrated national financing framework to guide financing
- Work with the Royal Thai Government to ensure expertise is mobilized and experience shared to ensure Business Continuity Plans are prepared for local government authorities who are at the front line of the local response to the crisis
- Engage with the Parliament, elected representatives and Secretariat staff to strengthen the link between immediate interventions and longer term legislative and budgetary initiatives to ensure a sustainable recovery and foster the link between central authority and local communities
- Guide private sector investments in Thailand’s emergency and development priorities like redirecting production efforts and protecting the food supply chain from farms to markets, ensuring enterprises adopt Business Continuity Plans and systems to promote contingency measures
- Identify and disseminate relevant innovation and digital solutions to adapt to new working arrangements and practices that promote safer and more sustainable production, consumption and development
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