Connect with us

Phuket

Experts meet challenge of sustainable development in honor of HM King

Published

 on 

BANGKOK: The nation’s top environmental experts and planners met in Bangkok this week to address the challenges faced in bringing about sustainable development in Asia, in a conference held in honor of His Majesty the King of Thailand’s 70th Anniversary of his accession to the throne.

The two-day seminar, dubbed ‘Sustainable Development Challenge in Asia’, was held at the Dusit Hotel in Bangkok. The conference was jointly organized by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau; Nation Multimedia Group; Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation; Royal Initiatives Discovery Foundation; CH Karnchang Public Company Limited; the Institute of Asian Studies and Chulalongkorn University.

Today the participants visited the Royal Chitralada Projects at Dusit Palace.

For the past seven decades, since his accession to the throne, His Majesty King Bhumibol has been the prime role model for sustainable development initiatives. His works on agriculture, the environment, public health, education, job creation, water resources, energy and communications, aim to improve living standards and have been recognized around the world.

HM the King’s ‘sustainable economy’ concept has earned him recognition from the United Nations. On May 26, 2006, the UN awarded His Majesty with the organization’s highest honor for Human Development in the United Nations Development project.

This week’s international conference, in honor of His Majesty’s work, takes the debate on sustainable development to another level.

The opening ceremony yesterday was chaired by Prof Bundit Eua-arporn, PhD, the president of Chulalongkorn University.

Keynote speaker Stefanos Fotiou, director of Environment and Development Division, UN Economical and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), believes that the sustainable development philosophy can apply to anywhere, including and especially Phuket.

“Sustainable Development applies everywhere, even in places that today are not sustainable at all. Phuket produces a lot of pollution and waste [as a popular tourist destination]. However, that doesn’t mean that a city renowned for entertainment cannot also apply sustainable development practices,” Mr Fotiou told the Phuket Gazette.

“It depends on how things like waste and transportation are managed, and means that different locations have different requirements.”

“What I can see in the philosophy of His Majesty the King is the great idea that happiness doesn’t only come from money. We need to focus on being more responsible as individuals to make better decisions; to make sure that we are not looking to always consume more and more. And I believe this is a very big part of sustainable development,” said Mr Fotiou.

Later in the day, the chief adviser to The Nation’s editorial board, Suthichai Yoon, led a panel discussion titled ‘Perspective on Sustainable Development’. The panel members were Laliya Morshed, the executive director of the Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Monica Sy from the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan.

— Chutharat Plerin

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai actress arrested for promoting a ponzi scheme

Thailand4 hours ago

Giant monitor lizard climbs up power pole to escape pack of dogs in central Thailand

World4 hours ago

“Drink more booze” Japan urges youth with new contest

Bangkok4 hours ago

CCSA leaves entertainment venues in limbo over 4am closing

Travel5 hours ago

Fun things to do indoors on a rainy day in Thailand (2022)

Bangkok5 hours ago

Tourists by locals in Bangkok: mad, bad, and dangerous to know

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chon Buri5 hours ago

‘Dead body’ on Thailand beach turns out to be sex doll

Central Thailand5 hours ago

Shooting after comedy show in central Thailand, 1 seriously injured

Thailand6 hours ago

UPDATE: Woman who allegedly abused a soldier is a police officer

Kanchanaburi6 hours ago

Police shoot and kill major drug trafficker in Kanchanaburi

Tourism6 hours ago

Thailand’s CCSA talk tourist stats, visas on arrival & home isolation

Thailand7 hours ago

RTN’s ocean conservation activity accused of spoiling ecosystem

Chon Buri7 hours ago

Ferocious cobra bites rescuer’s girlfriend in Chon Buri

Thailand8 hours ago

Angry tourists demand refunds from tour operators in Thailand

Thailand9 hours ago

Motorbike taxi driver saves teenager from suicide in eastern Thailand

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending