As Thailand leaps towards economic development with an ambitious goal to become a developed country over the next 20 years, it has become more committed to address climate change in the hope that it would help sustain future economic growth. The question that remains is whether or not the country can do enough, and whether such action is appropriate. “The decision made by the state is based on what we can or cannot do,” said Phirun Saiyasitpanich, director of the Climate Change Management and Coordination Division under the Office of the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). “We need to set ambitious GHG emission reduction targets based on a stepwise approach so that we can ensure a sustainable growth of our economic and development.” Thailand’s obligation to climate change mitigation Like many other developing countries, Thailand did not commit to efforts to address climate change under the 1992 United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), until the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015. The country ratified the convention on December 28, 1994, the year the convention came into force, along with 196 countries. But as a small, developing country, Thailand took a position that followed a group of… Read full this story
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