Towards a Sufficiency Economy: a New Ethical Paradigm for Sustainability

UNESCO Future LectureTowards a Sufficiency Economy: a New Ethical Paradigm for Sustainability: In Homage to the Philosophy on “Sufficiency Economy” by His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej

11 June 2012
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

Followed by an exhibition at the Foyer of Room I (11-16 June 2012)

In collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Thailand to UNESCO, the Foresight Section of the Bureau of Strategic Planning organized a UNESCO Future Lecture and an exhibition on the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Hans d’Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning, opened the Future Lecture. Welcome remarks were delivered by H.E. Ms Katalin Bogyay, President of the General Conference, and Ms Churairat Sangboonnum, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, and Secretary‐General of the Thai National Commission to UNESCO. Dr Suwannee Khamman, Deputy Secretary‐General of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and of the Research and Development Institute of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (RSEPF) presented the keynote lecture. Invited discussants included Laurence Tubiana, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris and Anantha Duraiappah, Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme (UNU-IHDP) in Bonn. The discussion was moderated by Hans d’Orville.

The Sufficiency Economy is an approach to life and conduct applicable at every level, from the individual through the family and community, to the management and development of the nation. This philosophy promotes a middle path based on three components, namely moderation, reasonableness and self-immunity leading towards the development of a more resilient and sustainable economy. It also seeks to generate outcomes that are beneficial to the development of the country in order to better cope with the challenges arising from globalization and other changes in today’s society. In 2007, UNDP published the “Thailand Human Development Report: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development”.

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