08.06.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Towards a Sufficiency Economy: A New Ethical Paradigm for Sustainability

In Homage to the Philosophy on “Sufficiency Economy”

by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Monday 11 June 2012, UNESCO House Room X, From 3 to 5pm

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


Paris, 8 June - UNESCO, in  collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Organization, is organizing a UNESCO Future Lecture and an exhibition on the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

Dr Sasithara Pichaichannarong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, and Vice-Chairperson of the Thai National Commission to UNESCO will open the Future Lecture. Dr Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Secretary-General of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and of the Research and Development Institute of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (RSEPF) will deliver the keynote lecture. Invited discussants include 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 will be moderated by Hans d’Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning.


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”.


More information



Journalists wishing to attend require accreditation.




Djibril Kebe, Tel: 01 4568 1741; d.kebe(at)unesco.org


Linda Tinio, Tel: 0145681770 or 0145682646; l.tinio(at)unesco.org




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