HRH Princess Chulabhorn Krom Phra Srisavangavadhana
Head of the Thai Delegation
UNCSD 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Development can be accomplished only with human resources, and thus for development to be sustainable, the maintenance and improvement of the health of the people is of extreme importance, otherwise the foundation for development is weakened and cannot be sustained. Good health must therefore be the base on which the three pillars of sustainable development are built and strengthened.
While the content and parameters for the aforementioned Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will need further discussions and elaborations, the critical importance and central role of human health and well-being in sustainable development must be included.”
Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Krom Phra Srisavangavadhana has placed human resources at the forefront of the work of the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) since its inception. For Thailand to be competitive in the international arena, qualified personnel must drive the nation’s development. For that development to be sustainable, Thailand must be able to assess any potential negative impacts that the development may have on health and the environment so that such issues can be identified and addressed as soon as possible. Since much of the development, whether it be in the areas of agriculture and food production, industry, transportation, and/or therapeutics and health, require the use of chemicals, it is unavoidable that levels of chemical contamination and therefore exposure to these chemical contaminants and pollutants continue to increase. Thus, the areas of chemical safety, environmental health, and environmental toxicology are key areas in which qualified personnel are required, especially in developing countries and those with economies in transition. This is reflected in the areas of education, training, and scientific exchange.