Delegates: Mr. Dulyavitya, Mr. Nopparat
73. Mr. Dulyavitya (Thailand), speaking as a youth delegate, said that his delegation was fully cognizant of the need to maintain or increase social spending, especially during economic downturns.
74. Many people in Thailand were now suffering due to severe flooding, which cut off their access to food, water and medicine, and had damaged schools and universities. During natural disasters, help must come from everyone in society, not only from the Government.
75. Much had been done to alleviate poverty in Thailand, especially in rural areas. Access to education and health care had been improved, and the maternal and child mortality rate had been reduced. Compassion was an important value in Thailand. There should be more compassion among the nations of the world. Member States were encouraged to further contribute resources to those in dire need.
76. Mr. Nopparat (Thailand), speaking as a youth delegate, said that while there had been advances in medical technology, reports of diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and influenza A (H1N1) had increased. Non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes were the leading cause of death in Thailand, including among young people. Measures to control and prevent disease were high on the national agenda. The national leaders had supported the provision of policy advice by non-governmental organizations in the field of health. Young people and youth organizations were doing much to promote government policy and healthy lifestyles.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/66/SR.2