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    Statement: Thailand.

    Boonyoen D

    [Unpublished] 1999. Presented at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, Thirty-second session, New York, New York, March 22-31, 1999 3 p.

    In this document the Thai delegate to the Thirty-second Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development addresses the Commission. During the past couple of years, the delegate states, the world economy has been in a turbulent and devastating state, affecting particularly developing countries. Natural disasters and environmental degradation caused by unbalanced growth and resource mismanagement under the name of economic and technological development have worsened the situation. However, recovery from this severe hardship is expected to be long and difficult for these countries--among them Thailand. Aware of the difficult and complex nature of the situation, Thailand has placed great importance on a new approach to population and development strategies at all levels. Population trends and structure in Thailand have shown a classic pattern of progress, which has enabled the country to continue enjoying its demographic bonus. However, the economic crisis of 1997 together with some of the problems that arise from unbalanced economic growth, overly rapid urbanization, and large scale internal and cross border migration has caused many health and social problems. Thailand still needs external cooperation and support--specifically in the form of human resource development, resource mobilization, and strengthening of information management and monitoring systems. Despite the attendant difficulties, Thailand will remain firm in its strong commitment and determination to carry out and support the International Conference on Population and Development Program of Action.
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