South-South in Action: Sustainability in Thailand – Experience for Developing Countries

By March 13, 2019 October 12th, 2020 South South in Action

The rich diversity of the South provides an excellent opportunity for developing countries to forge mutually beneficial partnerships in our common endeavour to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This publication recounts the journey of Thailand, from being an aid recipient to becoming an emerging development partner. It will also describe the country’s home-grown approach to sustainable development, known as the “Sufficiency Economy Philosophy” (SEP). Conceived over 40 years ago, SEP became the tenet of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s working precepts which evolve around the concepts of moderation, knowledge and reasonableness. SEP has put Thailand on a steady growth path for decades and remains today the key guiding principle of Thailand’s sustainable development efforts.