Sufficiency Economy Philosophy: SEP
To disseminate internationally the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, both in terms of fundamental principles and application in various contexts, which will lead to sustainable development. Participants are expected to be able to apply the ideas to their home countries.
Area of Focus
Understanding the fundamental principles of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and its application at individual and community levels.
- Applying SEP in various development dimensions:
- Agriculture such as integrated farming and organic farming, etc.
- Community development such as sufficiency economy villages, etc.
- Community economic development such as community enterprises, community funds and cooperatives, etc.
- Sustainable tourism such as ecotourism including sufficiency economy villages for tourism, etc.
To share knowledge on public health management such as primary health care, community health care, and universal health coverage, etc.
Area of Focus
- Strengthening communities’ capacity in public health management to foster community health such as promotion of community health systems, development of public health volunteers, establishment of community health funds, formulation of community health plans, community database development, etc.
- Strengthening health systems in terms of policies, budgets and universal health coverage.
- Enhancing primary health care such as maternal and child health management, pre-school health, children empowerment in the community, and prevention of social problems among children such as mental illnesses, unplanned pregnancy, etc.
- Preparing for an aged society to reduce the overall socio-economic impacts caused by changes in the demographic structure, including the application of technology, innovation and automation to support the aged society.
- Promoting occupational health by ensuring safe environment at workplaces, providing proper occupational tools for the safety of workers and preventing work-related diseases or symptoms such as respiratory diseases as a result of air pollution exposure, musculoskeletal disorders, office syndrome, etc.
Agriculture and Food Security
To share knowledge on strengthening food security and nutrition so as to cope with an increase in global demand for food and to promote sustainable agriculture which will contribute to hunger eradication ex. access to safe and adequate food for good health and well-being.
Area of Focus
- Sustainable agriculture for adequate, safe and nutritious food by developing agricultural infrastructure to ensure the stability of production systems and reduction of losses from post-harvest operations and food production which complies with standards and quality.
Climate Change and Environmental Issues
To share knowledge and solutions to climate change and environmental problems such as sustainable use of natural resources, mitigation of environmental impacts, response to natural disasters.
Area of Focus
- Assessing future risks caused by climate change in the agriculture and tourism sectors such as impacts on agricultural products, water sources, water basins and coastal areas, etc.
- Restructuring energy production and consumption such as energy transition from fossil fuels to electrification, use of locally-produced biomass as an alternative source of renewable energy, adopting environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) to help reduce environmental problems, etc.
- Adding value to bio resources by integrating local knowledge with emerging technology and innovations; promoting sustainable economic development through responsible production and consumption such as designing the production process to achieve minimum or zero waste, implementing the concepts of 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), etc.
- Promoting urban agriculture to encourage the circular use of resources by maximizing the limited space available and promoting robust urban ecosystems.
Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model
To share Thailand’s good practices in promoting more balanced and sustainable socio-economic development and in generating income distribution in local and rural economies by integrating science, technology and innovation to enhance sustainable competitiveness in the four target industries i.e. (1) agriculture and food industry; (2) bioenergy, biomaterial and biochemical industry; (3) medical and wellness industry; and (4) tourism and the creative economy.
Area of Focus
- Agriculture and food industry: increasing agricultural productivity through smart farming and the application of food technology to improve and develop food quality, including shelf life extension of food and production of alternative nutrients/proteins.
- Medical and wellness industry: innovation in health systems such as drugs, vaccines, biological medicinal products, medical supplies and equipment, research and development of cosmetic and dietary supplements, clinical research, management of medical science data to support the registration of medical products.
- Bioenergy, biomaterial and biochemical industry: innovative development of high efficiency energy production; building of power plants with local renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass and biogas; developing a smart grid system for electricity distribution to generate income; and further developing high-value chemical and bio-material products.
- Tourism and the creative economy: sustainable tourism development by capitalizing on the strengths of biodiversity and local cultures and creating the linkages with the creative economy by enriching tourists’ experiences through local gastronomy and other various forms of tourism such as sports, health, art, cultural, agricultural, etc.
Other topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
To share experiences and good practices in fields where Thailand has expertise, and is internationally recognized in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as promoting cooperation to combat the narcotic drug problem in a sustainable manner; ecotourism management; promoting gender equality and women empowerment, etc.