Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked all sectors of society for Thailand's improved index ranking following the release of the 2019 Sustainable Development Report.
Gen Prayut was pleased Thailand ranked 40th, up from 59th, on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) global ranking. This also saw Thailand ranked first in Asean.
The report was compiled by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung, deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said.
Thailand scored 73 points for its SDG Index Score, following China which had 73.2. The regional average score was 65.7.
Out of the UN's 17 SDGs, Thailand has improved in poverty eradication, clean water and sanitation as well as decent work and economic growth.
"The prime minister said the success came from efforts from and the cooperation of government, and citizens. The government has focused on developing a balance between people and the environment, people and people, and people and technology. These are all under the Sufficiency Economy or the King's philosophy," Lt Gen Werachon said, referring to King Rama IX.
"Thailand has also seen positive trends in six goals: Good health and well-being, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, industry, innovation, and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, and peace, justice, and strong institutions," Lt Gen Werachon added.