Thai PM pushes implementation of SDGs at UN General Assembly hinh anh 1Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (Photo: VNA)

Bangkok (VNA) – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to accelerate plans for Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) while attending the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25.

As Chair of ASEAN 2019, PM Prayut urged a greater regional trade partnership and public participation, as well as efforts to protect the environment and boost welfare in ageing societies.

"If we want to pass on a sustainable world to our children and grandchildren, there is no time to waste. Therefore, we must act now, act quickly, and do more together in partnership," local media quoted the PM as saying.

Prayut said the bloc should enhance connectivity, tackle inequalities through science and technology, and protect the environment, especially through the responsible use of natural resources and curbing marine pollution.

He also stressed that the ASEAN needs to localise SDGs, keeping the goals relevant by encouraging local participation, empowering communities by expanding financial access, and adjusting related initiatives to the needs of an ageing society.

The Thai PM called for greater cooperation in promoting free trade through regional initiatives such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Smart Cities Network./.