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