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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77

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  On September 19 2022 HE Don Pramudwinai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022 The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level namely 1 reforms of the health architecture global 2 ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post COVID 19 era 3 concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine and 4 discussions on the Group s draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77 DPM FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform both structural and functional changes to more effectively address emerging threats to health He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable more inclusive and more coherent In Equidad DPM FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage UHC and increase the capacity of primary health care The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID 19 for both Thai and non Thai populations DPM FM also highlighted the importance of prevention as a profitable investment in health including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre existing cases of ill health In this regard Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme The Future of Life Living in Harmony Sharing Prosperity which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand s competence as a center world class doctor and leading destination in medical tourism On Inclusiveness DPM FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies In addition Thailand has hired village health volunteers trained migrant health workers and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program IFETP On Coherence DPM FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance DPM FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future pandemic instrument and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005 In addition he shared Thailand s experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review UHPR process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy The Group is made up of seven countries Norway France Brazil Indonesia Senegal South Africa and Thailand The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes issues on health each year The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is Strengthening consensus on global health in a post COVID 19 world building a healthier world for all
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77

1 On September 19, 2022, HE Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH), organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH, at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York. The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022.

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2 The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level, namely (1) reforms of the health architecture global; (2) ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era; (3) concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine; and (4) discussions on the Group’s draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77.

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3 DPM/FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform, both structural and functional changes, to more effectively address emerging threats to health.

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4 He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable, more inclusive, and more coherent.

5 In ‘Equidad’, DPM/FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and increase the capacity of primary health care.

6 The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID-19, for both Thai and non-Thai populations.

7 DPM/FM also highlighted the importance of prevention, as a profitable investment in health, including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre-existing cases of ill health.

8 In this regard, Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme “The Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity”, which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand’s competence as a center world class doctor.

9 and leading destination in medical tourism.

10 On “Inclusiveness”, DPM/FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good, while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies.

11 In addition, Thailand has hired “village health volunteers,” trained migrant health workers, and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP).

12 On “Coherence”, DPM/FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities, in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance.

13 DPM/FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future ‘pandemic instrument’ and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005).

14 In addition, he shared Thailand’s experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR) process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community.

15 The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members, with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy.

16 The Group is made up of seven countries: Norway, France, Brazil, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand.

17 The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes/issues on health each year.

18 The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is “Strengthening consensus on global health in a post-COVID-19 world: building a healthier world for all.”

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