Students: Sarah Shahin, General Assembly A and Ambassador Hamad Al-Sager, General Assembly B
The Kingdom of Thailand's government is known as a constitutional monarchy. Thailand is divided in 76 provinces called changwads. The provinces are further subdivided into 655 districts, called amphurs, more than 6600 communes, called tambons, and more than 58000 villages, known as moobans. Each province has a governor, and every district has a district officer. The governors are appointed by the minister of the interior, except for the governor of Bangkok. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is also its largest city.
The KING of Thailand inherits his throne, and is not elected. Thailand's legal system is based on a civil law system. A mayor and a council, which are elected by the people of the city, govern each city in Thailand. Four Political Parties in Thailand are the Democratic Party (DP), National Development Party (NDP), Thai Nation Party (TNP), and Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT). There are no internal political conflicts between the political parties. The king of a Thailand exercises executive powers through the cabinet headed by a prime minister, and judicial powers through the law courts. The monarch of Thailand is a highly respected figure. He is a father figure to the nation and tries to spread peace around the world. He has moral influences on the people to spread peace and tries to help the poor all around the country in as many possible ways.
The Chief of state is King PHUMIPHON; the head of government is Prime Minister THAKSIN along with five deputy prime ministers. However, the prime minister of Thailand is not such a good one. Most Thai's are against him and believe that he is completely abusing his power. Most Thais are against him because he violated the nation and doesn't obey the constitution of the nation and builds the government according to what he believes is right. He is a Buddhist and is against the Muslims in the south and he doesn't give them their rights. He is the head of TRT and his party is only for the benefit of himself and for the few people who support him. His party represents his will to make Thailand an anti-Muslim country. He also only cares about money. He changes all the country's policies in all organizations just to benefit from what he will get, not to make the world a better place. In the Executive Branch of the government, there are no elections.
The Legislative Branch of the government is also called the National Assembly. It consists of a House of Representatives, which consists of 360 members and a Senate with 270 members. The people elect the House of Representatives members for a four-year term. The senators are chosen by the ruling parties in the House and are formally appointed by the monarch. The senators serve a six-year term. Then the National Assembly selects the Prime minister. However, the monarch himself must approve of the prime minister and he is the one who finally appoints him. After the monarch appoints the Prime minister, he selects a cabinet called the Council of Ministers, which consists of 48 members or less. The Judicial branch is like the Supreme Court; the monarch himself can only appoint the judges in this branch. Thailand's government is British-styled.
Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont heads the new government of Thailand, the interim civilian government, changed to in 2006. It took over Thaksin Shinawatra's government and now rules Thailand. The junta appointed Surayed Chulanont and he now rules a better government. He is a good Buddhist ruler, and he follows justice and fairness, even to all other religions.
Thailand is a tropical and big Asian country that suffers some pollution problems and is bordered by four countries. Thailand lies in Southeastern Asia and borders the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and Southeast Burma. It is located between Burma, Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia. The country slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming and in specific, its total area is 514,000 sq. km. Land takes up 511,770 sq. km of the area and the rest is water. Thailand's coastline is 3219 km.
The climate in Thailand is tropical, warm, and usually rainy with cloudy southwest monsoon. It has dry northeast monsoons and the southern cape is always hot and humid. Thailand's lowest point is the Gulf of Thailand at 0 m and its highest point is Doi Inthanon at 2576 m. Thailand is a central plain with Khorat Plateau in the east and mountains elsewhere. It has several environmental issues like pollution, which is caused by vehicle emissions, water pollution from organic and factory wastes, deforestation, soil erosion and it has wildlife populations that are threatened by illegal hunting. Thailand has a natural north-south division.
Thailand is known for many of its natural resources. One of the most important natural resources that is used across the Asian countries is fish. Other resources that are found in Thailand are tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, gypsum, lignite, fluorite, and arable land. Thailand is best known for its dazzling performance in tourism that of which includes cultural sites, natural sites, recreational sites, ecotourism sites, and Agro-tourism sites. Their wonderful tourism made them win the Award of Excellence and Award of Outstanding Performance of the fifth Thailand Tourism Awards in 2004. Much of the impressive economic growth recorded by Thailand since the 1970s and the early 1980s is due to the steady expansion of the agricultural sector. This division provides sufficient food for the rapidly growing population and produces significant surpluses of some merchandise for exporting.
Thailand doesn't make much oil and imports most of its oil from other countries. It produces 230,000 bbl of oil a day. However, Thailand is rich with natural gas. They sometimes use natural gas for filing up cars and as fuel. Seventy- four % of Thailand's natural gas needs are supplied by indigenous sources in the Gulf of Thailand. Thailand is a relatively balanced nation with agriculture AND manufacturing, almost like the United States and Argentina.
Thailand has a big population. Its population is 64,631,595. There are many religions in Thailand and 95% of the population is of the Buddha religion. The other 5% consists of Muslims, Christians, and many others religions. Although of the diversity, there is no reported racism in the country. There are many Ethnic groups in Thailand; however, there are two main ones. The Thai percentage is 75%, Chinese 14%, and 11% of the country is other small ethnic groups. Thailand got most of its cultural traditions from Malaysia being its bordering country. Buddhism is very important in Thailand. Since it is 95% of the people's religion, it has a great influence on the Thai society. Buddhism is taught in schools and has a great effect on the people's thoughts and on what people turn out to do and believe.
Theravada Buddhism refers to "the way of elders". It teaches from the view of old people and that is why people in Thailand remain to think the same and obey elders such as King Phumiphon. One special thing about almost all Thai's is that they always have a smile on their faces and losing a nerve is like a disgrace. Theravada Buddhists believe that if they act well in their life they will have a better after life and be "enlightened". The Theravadin goal is liberation (or freedom) from suffering. The monk usually models its practice and lifestyle on that of the Buddha and his first generation of disciples by living close to nature in forest, mountains and caves. In most Theravada countries, it is a common practice for young men to ordain as monks for a fixed period of time. However, in the south there are problems with Islam.
Muslims in Thailand CLAIM THEY do not get their rights as much as Buddhist's do and are trying to tell all the people that fact. The king is against Muslims not getting their right, however, since it is not he who decides what to do in the government, the Muslims blame the Prime Minister Thaksin (who is against Muslims), who is also a Buddhist, and want him to lose his power. In the south, the small Muslim groups, who are actually trying to get their rights, cause bombings.
Thailand is a developing nation, with a good economy and trades and good agriculture and manufacturing. Thailand's economy started to recover slowly after the 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis. The economy grew 6.9% in 2003 and 6.1% in 2004 and was one of East Asia's best performers in 2002 until 2004. However, after the major tsunami in late December 2004 Thailand's economy began to decrease. Growth slowed to 4.4% in 2005. The downturn can be attributed to high oil prices, weaker demand from Western markets, severe drought in rural regions, tsunami-related declines in tourism, and lower consumer confidence.
Moreover, Thailand started to perform a well beginning in the third quarter of 2005. Its GDP (purchasing power parity) became $560.7 billion and its GDP growth rate reached 4.5 %( 2005). Thailand's unemployment rate is 1.4% (2005). Its public dept is 35.9% of its GDP. Thailand's two main export partners are The US (16.1%) and Japan (14%) Then come China (7.4%) Singapore (7.3%) Malaysia (5.5%) and Hong Kong (5.1%). Its major import partners are Japan 23.7%, China 8.7%, US 7.7%, Malaysia 5.9%, Singapore 4.4%, Taiwan 4.1% (2004).
The main trades in Thailand are tourism, textiles and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement, light manufacturing such as jewelry, electric appliances and components, computers and parts, integrated circuits, furniture, plastics. Thailand is the world's second-largest tungsten producer, and third-largest tin producer. Going to currency, Thailand's currency is Baht. In 2005, Thailand's exchange rate (baht per U.S dollar) became 40.22. Overall, Thailand's economy is average. It is always at a risk and may decrease or at the same time increase and become better.
Thailand's defense consists of various Branches, which are the Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy, Royal Thai Air force and Parliamentary forces. In Thailand, about 10.5 billion citizens are fit for Military employment. Those 10.5 billion fit citizens are increasing at a rate of 5% per year. Thailand spends approximately $2 Billion on its military requirements. That amount of money is about 1.8% of the country's GDP. A male may register for the military service at the age of 18 but is obligated to register at the age of 21. Females may register for the military service, but are not obligated. The service obligation is 2 years.
However, Thai politicians and generals are more interested in making business than shaping their army. That is why the Thai army is not very strong. Thailand wouldn't be able to strongly defend itself if any country, including China and Vietnam, attacks. That is why Thailand tries to stay on good relations with everyone.
However Thailand has a very weak army. In worst cases, they couldn't fight Vietnam effectively and neither could they fight China, because their army is not even as close to strong as China's and Vietnam's.
Surayud Chulanont, the new interim Prime Minister Surayud announced that as Premier, he would "Focus on self-sufficiency, more than focusing on the GDP numbers. I will focus on the happiness of the people, more than the GDP".
He also claimed that he would be "Friendly to every party, trying to receive information from every side and meeting people as much as possible. I will lead a government based on justice. He is more justice and democratic than the late Prime minister and supports every side of the country. He also believes that people in the south should get their rights."
Surayud Chulanont is a Buddhist He was a former Thai military officer, Army Commander, Supreme Commander, and Privy Councilor to King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Upon his retirement from the Army, Surayud briefly joined the Buddhist monkhood. Surayud is chairman of the Khao Yai National Park Protection Foundation, and has led many activities to help protect the environment
Views on world Problems:
In general, Thais are against wars. Thailand is a country that tries to promote peace around the whole world and especially Asia. They are against all Middle East wars and crisis. Somehow the may say that they support the Palestinians. However, the government only wishes to spread peace. It had stated, "We stand by international law, but we should support any one side. We should avoid conflict with countries in the Middle East and religious problems."
Thailand is greatly involved in many organizations, such as APEC, ARF, ASDB, ASEAN, BIS, CCC, CP, ESCAP, FAG, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, 1DA, IFAD, TFC, IFRCSI IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsaf Interpol, MC, 1OM, ISO, ITU, NAM, GAS, O1S, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNTKOM, UNTTAR, UNMIBH, UNTAET, UNU, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WLPO, WMO, WtoO, WtrO. It joined the UN on December 16 1946.
Thailand is allies with many countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia and many more. It has many allies because Thailand likes to be peaceful with everyone and is on good conditions with most countries and tries to be with the rest. Thailand has slight problems with Burma, Laos and Cambodia. Vietnam is a historical enemy of Thailand's. However, the relationship between Thailand and Vietnam is getting better.
Thailand is trying to resolve the problems without fights and peacefully. The problem between Burma is still trying to be resolved by Thailand peacefully. Overall, Thailand is a country that tries to spread peace and decrease wars all over the world. As a member of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Thailand is getting along with most members very well. ASEAN has the aim to improve relations between Southeast Asian nations and to improve each nation's economy. Thailand has raised its economy greatly since the establishment of ASEAN and has become on good relation with important nations such as Japan and China especially economically.
The earliest mention of the Thai, as farmers in south China, comes from Chinese records dating back to the sixth century BCE. The early Thai brought their Buddhist and Chinese traditions, but also assimilated the Indo-Chinese culture of Southeast Asia.The history of Thailand begins by the tenth century. The Mons, from what is today Burma, had established themselves in Central Thailand and had established small Buddhist kingdoms in an area from Nakhon Pathon ( on the Korat Plateau ) to Chiang Mai. Prior to this, bronze and iron age civilizations had existed for several thousand years, plus later Mon, Malay and Khmer kingdoms.
Migrations from southern China peopled Southeast Asia, including the area of contemporary Thailand. The descent of the modern Thai were Tai-speaking people living south of the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) on the mountainous plateau of what is now the Chinese province of Yunnan.
Thais established their own kingdoms, most prominently a brief flowering at Sukhothai and more lastingly the Ayutthaya kingdom. These kingdoms were under constant threat from Burma and Vietnam, as well as from Thai and Lao rivals. I1238, the first independent Thai state was founded.
Sukhothai was the cradle of Thai civilization, the place where its institutions and culture first developed. During the reign of the first ruler of Sukhothai, Ramkhamhaeng (Rama the Great, 1277-1317), the Thai established diplomatic relations with China and acknowledged the Chinese emperor as nominal overlord of the Thai kingdom.
Sukhothai turned down rapidly after Ramkhamhaeng's death, as vassal states broke away from the suzerainty of his weak descendants. Despite the reputation of its later kings for wisdom and faithfulness, the politically weakened Sukhothai was forced to submit in 1378 to the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya. It was in Sukhothai that the Thais were freed from the Khmer rule and took the name Thai, meaning, "free," to set themselves apart from other Tai speakers still under foreign rule.
The first Europeans to reach Thailand were the Portuguese in 1511, followed in rapid succession by the Dutch, the English, the Spanish, and the French traders. The European colonial powers threatened in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but Thailand survived as the only south-east Asian state to avoid colonial rule. After the end of the absolute Thai monarchy in 1932, Thailand endured sixty years of almost permanent military rule before the establishment of a democratic system. On December 8, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Thailand. The Thai claim that the Japanese did NOT CONQUER THEM while all of their neighbors admit to being conquered, because they were the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power.
Once Thailand succeeded, it increased economical and political influence by a great deal. In 1992, it was the last period of military rule. There was limited democracy at that time until the constitutional government took over.
The Thailand 2006 interim civilian government is the Thai provisional civilian government headed by Interim Prime Minister General Surayud Chulanont. The interim government works under an interim constitution that is a completely changed and updated, more fair, establishment of the old rule of Thaskin. Now, the military isn't given too much power until everything in the government is sorted out properly. The military tightens grip.
General Assembly "A":
Issue 1: The use of security and defense as a means of justifying racial discrimination and intolerance.
In many countries around the world, some people treat different races in different ways. If someone's race, color, beliefs, nationality, ethnic origin, OR RELIGION are different then those in the country they are treated less fairly. When a policy or rule, for example, that treats everyone in a same way has negative effect on a certain race, it is called racial discrimination. However, some countries oppress different races as an excuse to protect their countries. According to a person's different race, he is treated with more security and unequally. Countries use security and defense as a means of justifying racial discrimination. Their security and defense in used more on different people with different races just as an excuse that they are different and are the same as all the people of their same race. It is not necessary that all the people from one race are the same.
Every country around the world is trying its best to eliminate its racial discrimination. The UN recently held an international day for the elimination of racial discrimination, where people (mostly youths) talked about racial discrimination and how to stop it. The United Nations is trying to stop racial discrimination around the world. Race, nationality, color etc. should not have an effect on the way people are treated. Racial discrimination leads to many problems. The UN has made many articles and laws that give different races the exact same rights.
Our government of Thailand is doing all the necessary measures and actions to reduce racial discriminations and conflicts and to get all the minorities, including Muslims, involved and active in the Thai society. There is some racism in every country around the world, including Thailand. However, still, more efforts should be made to stop racial discrimination and especially the use of security and defense as a means of justifying it. Different governments should be role models to their people. Countries should make laws that apply to all people equally, and the government itself should use and apply those laws on every one equally. In the south of Thailand , there may be a trace of racial discrimination.
However, now after the new prime minister has been elected, everyone will get his or her rights. Since the army selected the new Prime Minister, he said that he supports every person around the country. The people and the King are good. They do not support racial discrimination and would like to have peace and be good people, just as their religion tells them they should be.
Issue 2: Governmental measures to be taken on an international level to restrict the possible outbreak of a pandemic.
A pandemic is a deadly disease that could spread from one person to another in different ways depending on what the disease is. Pandemics could appear in one country and spread around the world. For example, SARS started in China and it was passed to people around the world very quickly. This could happen when a person carries a virus and travels for example then gets in contact with other people around the world without knowing that he could spread the virus. It could become a threatening disease that is passed very easily. Governmental measures should be taken on an international level so that they could control outbreaks of new diseases.
A country should always be aware of the possibilities of an outbreak of a disease. It could come from anywhere and is easily spread. That is why today countries around the whole world are trying to stop the possibility of getting a disease. People traveling are checked for viruses, and a lot of awareness is put on the study of possible outbreaks. The World Health Organization and many other medical facilities are studying different kinds of pandemics.
For the study of flu, for example, Thailand runs tests on children ages 10-17 years, because most Thai avian flu fatalities occurred in that age group. Thailand has pandemic issues and it is trying its greatest to decrease possible outbreaks from Thailand to help the world. Moreover, Thailand has put in place an intensive surveillance system designed for the highest sensitivity to detect SARS. This is because Thailand was severely hit by SARS. The surveillance helped the people in Thailand, the foreigners and other countries around the world. It has become an overall SARS safe country. However, the first SARS outbreak effected Thailand in many ways, especially economically. From March, when the SARS outbreak began, to the end of April, tourist arrivals had fallen by 12 percent, and had effected the economy severely because Thailand's tourism contributes to about 6% of it GDP.
The World Health Organization tries its best to make people aware of different pandemics. One of the things that it does is publish a Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) online every week. In the record, it tells people more about a pandemic, its causes, its symptoms etc. The United Nations is trying to get the people more aware of pandemics and to decrease the spreading of pandemics around the world. Researches are made, awareness's are given and every country under the UN umbrella tries its best to stop outbreaks. However, more awareness's should be given out to people. More brochures, commercials, programs, and so on should be made. People from countries that have been affected from a certain disease should also be put through more medical check-ups. People from an effected or past effected country should not be allowed to leave the country unless they have had certain checkups and tests.
Thailand is seeking more help from the United Nations. It is seeking more actions to be taken to restrict possible outbreaks. Pandemics may effect Thailand and so many countries from different ways and that is why something should be done.
Issue 3: Adverse effects of illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on people's rights to secure environment.
Problems around the world are caused by the movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes. These problems effect the environment in a negative way. If a country dumps its wastes in another country, it could be securing its own environment, while negatively affecting the environment of the other country. As usual, the rich country is secured; however, the developing country is not. It is an illegal movement, but still, poor countries are getting the wastes just to get some money from the rich.
The UN takes many steps in order to solve the issue of illicit movement of toxins. It has passed a resolution (no. 1995/81) which helps the developing nations on this issue. This resolution helps the UN monitor every developing country, and investigate the affects of the dumping of these wastes. This resolution has expanded to resolution no. 2000/72, which tries to control the amounts of toxins and dangerous products dumped by developed countries. It encourages developed countries to manage their wastes in their own countries instead of ruining the developing countries' environments.
Thailand is not a State from which illicit traffic of toxic and dangerous products and wastes originates. Thailand is against the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on people's rights. It replied to the report to the 2000 Human Rights Commission (E/CN.4/2000/50) by urging all countries to be fair to developing countries and not ruin their environment. Thailand's governments was one of many governments i.e. Japan, Portugal, Oman and more... who persisted on keeping harmony with the Basel Convention which was held in Basel (Switzerland) March 1989. This convention discussed the dangers of dumping and one of its main issues to concentrate on was how the wastes should be kept were they are originated instead of being dumped in developing countries and damaging their environment.
The UN and countries around the world should take bigger steps and find more solutions. Less toxic wastes save more lives. First, people should be more aware of how wastes are produced. This way, fewer wastes will be produced around the world. We have a very strong agriculture sector. Too much pollution will harm our agriculture. That is why Thailand willing to do as much as possible to decrease the amount of illicit movement and dumping. Pollution would really affect Thailand in a negative way because it is part of its development. The more pollution comes or gets to the country the more the industry and agriculture will be affected.
Realizing that according to epidemiological models from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA project today a pandemic is likely to result in 2 to 7.4 million deaths globally,
Congratulating the WHO (World Health Organization) for all the work it tries to do to make the world a healthier place,
Believing that more actions should be taken to clear the world of diseases and pandemics because until this moment, according to the WHO, thousands of people are still dying around the world from different types of pandemics
Keeping in mind that according to the WHO "Preparation will mitigate the direct medical and economic effects of a pandemic by ensuring that adequate measures will be taken and implemented before the pandemic occurs,"
Noticing that economy is very important to all countries and that no country such as Thailand wants to lose its economy for having pandemics, so keeping in mind that something should be done to separate economy from health and keep them both in a good condition,
Realizing that in many Southeast Asian countries tourism is, after manufacturing, the most important foreign exchange earner, as in Thailand, tourism contributes to 6% of the GDP,
Noting that according to expert John Roberts of the International Committee of the Fourth International, the SARS epidemic has underscored the degree to which the countries of the Southeast Asian region are integrated with, and dependent upon, each other and the rest of the world economy,
Expecting something to be done to solve the problems of countries such as Thailand that are encountering pandemic outbreaks, such as the pandemic SARS outbreak that occurred in Thailand
Seeking on actions to be taken to help many, countries around the world maintain a good economy and not lose tons of money by the impact of different outbreaks,
1) Affirms the formation of an organization called the SPOO (Stopping Pandemic Outbreaks Organization) under the WHO that will: A. Have its headquarter in assigned once this resolution passes, B. Have a branch on every single border of joining country that has had a past of pandemics (after government agrees for organization to do so) , C. Employ UN qualified investigators and doctors to: i. Check and test trucks, cars, food and air of every car of person that enters or leaves country for viruses, ii. Write health reports about drivers and food and send them to the country where they are going and coming from,
2) Resolves that once organization opens all joining countries will meet at the headquarters to: A. Discuss exactly how the want branches to be built in exactly what position according to borders B. Discuss how many times they want to meet to talk about organization's accomplishments and major goals
3) Further resolves that organization will: A. Make sure all shipments coming and leaving a country are free of viruses, B. Make sure that no trace of any virus enter into country, C. Give all shipment drivers the WHO updated addition of the Pandemic information sheet, so that everyone is always aware of possible outbreaks and symptoms, D. Keep delivery trucks, drivers and people as long as needed to carry out the job of making sure everything is okay, E. Send infected people to isolated hospital, where there will be specialized doctors, where they will be tested and given vaccinations F. Keep Trucks that have products (such as chicken or meat) with traces of viruses in an isolated warehouse until they are destroyed with the permission of the country
4) Emphasizes that the organization's goal is to make sure all countries are safe of pandemic outbreaks and have virus-free products for not losing precious lives and dramatically decreasing economically,
5) Resolves that heads of organization will meet every month to:
A. Make surveys on where most, if any, viruses are coming from and send information to WHO to work on resolving the health problem
B. Make sure that every country is satisfied with shipments and have a better average of healthy people
C. Make sure that no viruses have occurred and if so immediately send to the WHO
6) Urges all countries to join organization in order to make their country a healthier place and help every country by trying their best to stop outbreaks, because organization will only do its job to secure countries and not violate anything
7) Affirms that every joining country will have a better relation with trade neighboring countries and gain from every angle by: A. Having s better economy and continuing trades B. Trusting that UN organization will make every effort for clearing pandemic outbreaks.
Sara Shahin: GAB
Honorable Delegates, most distinguished chairs
Sa- bah- dee!
First, Thailand would like to express the great pleasure of once again being here at the General Assembly.
As you all know, a couple of months ago, the military took over the government. This was done for every good reason and after this rule, our government has become better in many ways.
Well, why did the military take over? It is because the past government was not a good one and was ruled by a money monster and not a Prime Minister, which was Thaskin. We need not even call him past-Prime Minister because he was an awful man. He didn't treat our Muslims in the south equally, he didnít care about our army, he didn't even care about his country! All he cared about was money and did any thing, even if it could harm the country, to get that money. That is why, honorable delegates, the military has taken over the government.
Thailand hopes that every country could accept and understand this rule because it is a better step for Thailand to take. This rule will make Thailand a fairer place.
Knorb- Kaon (Thank you)
Hamad Al-Sager: GAA
The Kingdom of Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in southeast Asia with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms. Few countries are so well endowed.
From the studded mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the pulse-pounding dance clubs of Bangkok and the tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for every type of traveler.
Bangkok is one of Thailand's and Asia's most cosmopolitan cities, known as "Krungthep" which means the City of Angels. Major tourism attractions include glittering Buddhist temples, palaces, timeless 'Venice of the East' canal and river scenes, classical dance extravaganzas, an almost legendary nightlife, and numerous air-conditioned shopping centers.
Thailand would like to say "laew ko laew kan pai" to all of the countries here.
This means let peace come upon our problems.
Dearest King PHUMIPHON,
A week ago we were all in AMMUN conference in Jordan. It was a pleasure for me to represent the Ambassador of Thailand and was up to my position! I was part of General Assembly A and my other delegation was part of General Assembly B. In my assembly, we discussed many issues, including the one about governmental measures to be taken on an international level to restrict the possible outbreak of a pandemic. Of course, I was very enthusiastic about this issue as it really concerned Thailand. This issue affects our country in many ways, including economically. That is why I, as the Ambassador of Thailand main-submitted a resolution to help solve this issue. Successfully, the resolution was debated and passed with an overwhelming majority. I also debated many resolutions, passed a few and failed many. During the conference, Thailand was very enthusiastic about every issue and was sure to speak at least twice for every resolution! Gladly, I was able to convince many countries that what we supported was right. I was honored to represent the countryís policy for every single issue. A guest speaker was also invited after the third day of the event. She talked about the pandemic issue and again we found it very useful and interesting. It was a real pleasure to attend the conference as it was also very entertaining. The ambassador of Thailand made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun partying, of course after debating?. I would like to again thank you for giving me this opportunity and tell you that I was really up to the Thai standards?. The Ambassador of the wonderful, joyful Thailand! Sarah Shahin November 27th 2006