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FAO honors Thailand for achieving Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger and malnutrition

Thailand was among a handful of countries honored for reducing hunger and malnutrition, the first Millennium Development Goal, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations at the Organization’s annual meeting in Rome, Italy last week.
Thailand was among a handful of countries honored for reducing hunger and malnutrition, the first Millennium Development Goal, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations at the Organization’s annual meeting in Rome, Italy last week.
 
Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya received the honor in Rome on behalf of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, although the achievement can be credited to the work of all Thai governments in recent decades.

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Thailand to hold a special meeting on irregular migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015

The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.
The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok.  The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.
 
The increasing complexity of the problem demands a multi-faceted approach.

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Thailand opened U-Tapao airport to the U.S. to relay humanitarian aid and disaster relief to Nepal

Thailand opened U-Tapao airport to the United States to use as an intermediate staging base (ISB) for flights bringing relief to earthquake-hit Nepal last week as the Thai government said it was also dispatching two more medical teams to the Himalayan Kingdom and would send a team of experts to help assess the damage to historic and religious sites.
Thailand opened U-Tapao airport to the United States to use as an intermediate staging base (ISB) for flights bringing relief to earthquake-hit Nepal last week as the Thai government said it was also dispatching two more medical teams to the Himalayan Kingdom and would send a team of experts to help assess the damage to historic and religious sites.
 
The cabinet of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha granted permission for the United States to use U-Tapao airport, located in Rayong Province approximately 90 miles southeast of Bangkok, from May 8 to 31.

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Thailand stepped up investigations and called for regional meeting to solve Rohingya trafficking problem

Thailand stepped up its no-holds-barred effort to take down transnational human trafficking syndicates last week, issuing arrest warrants for 49 suspects and arresting 15, including local politicians and two police officers, as the investigation into the trafficking of Rohingya through Thailand widened to additional provinces and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called for a regional meeting to solve the problem at its source.
Thailand stepped up its no-holds-barred effort to take down transnational human trafficking syndicates last week, issuing arrest warrants for 49 suspects and arresting 15, including local politicians and two police officers, as the investigation into the trafficking of Rohingya through Thailand widened to additional provinces and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called for a regional meeting to solve the problem at its source.
 
In an effort to resolve a regional human trafficking crisis, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha took an initiative and called for a three-w

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Government launches command center to stop illegal fishing

Thailand’s government opened a command center last week to coordinate efforts to stop illegal, unreported and undocumented (IUU) fishing by Thai and other vessels in the region. The command center will be supervised by the head of the Royal Thai Navy and housed at the Navy headquarters in Bangkok.
Thailand’s government opened a command center last week to coordinate efforts to stop illegal, unreported and undocumented (IUU) fishing by Thai and other vessels in the region. The command center will be supervised by the head of the Royal Thai Navy and housed at the Navy headquarters in Bangkok.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who oversees defense and security matters, also invited the European Union (E.U.) ambassador to a briefing last week on the steps Thailand is taking to stop IUU fishing. Last month, the E.U.

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PM orders swift investigation and tough punishment for human traffickers

The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered a swift and thorough investigation into reports of camps used by human smugglers and traffickers in southern Thailand close to the Thai-Malaysian border, vowing “severest punishment” for human traffickers and anyone involved.
The Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered a swift and thorough investigation into reports of camps used by human smugglers and traffickers in southern Thailand close to the Thai-Malaysian border, vowing “severest punishment” for human traffickers and anyone involved.
 
On Monday May 4th, several suspects, including local government officials and a Myanmar national, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in running these camps along the Thai-Malaysian border.
 
“Anyone involved in human trafficking will receive the

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Thailand joins in Nepal relief effort

Thailand’s government donated more than $3 million last week and is sending over 350 doctors and aid workers to earthquake-hit Nepal as part of international relief efforts, as private citizens all around the Kingdom also opened their hearts and their wallets to appeals to donate funds for the victims.
Thailand’s government donated more than $3 million last week and is sending over 350 doctors and aid workers to earthquake-hit Nepal as part of international relief efforts, as private citizens all around the Kingdom also opened their hearts and their wallets to appeals to donate funds for the victims.
 
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s revered constitutional monarch, and Queen Sirikit also responded by donating 10 million baht (approximately $305,000) in aid to those devastated by the April 25 earthquake.

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Fishing laws being amended, delegation sent to EU

The Ministry of Commerce is sending a delegation to the European Union to provide updates on measures Thailand is taking to clean up and better regulate its fishing industry and prevent illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, as the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security matters ordered the Ministry of Agriculture to rapidly draft organic laws to support the recently passed Fisheries Act of 2015.
The Ministry of Commerce is sending a delegation to the European Union to provide updates on measures Thailand is taking to clean up and better regulate its fishing industry and prevent illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, as the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security matters ordered the Ministry of Agriculture to rapidly draft organic laws to support the recently passed Fisheries Act of 2015.
 
Deputy Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn will lead a team of government officials and executives of private companies to the E.U.

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More ivory tusks seized by Thai authorities

One week after the largest seizure of smuggled ivory tusks in Thai history, Customs officials confiscated another large haul of tusks totaling over 3 tons from a private company and the authorities vowed to pursue an investigation to identify and arrest the smugglers.
One week after the largest seizure of smuggled ivory tusks in Thai history, Customs officials confiscated another large haul of tusks totaling over 3 tons from a private company and the authorities vowed to pursue an investigation to identify and arrest the smugglers.
 
Customs chief Somchai Sujjapongse said his men uncovered 511 tusks, weighing 3.1 tons and worth more than $6 million in containers that had been declared as containing tea. The tusks were mixed in with tea leaves, he said, and his officials immediately seized them.

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Indonesia joins Thailand to fight illegal fishing

The same week that the European Union threatened to sanction Thailand over illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, Indonesia, one of the countries most affected by that problem, agreed to form a joint task force with Thailand to tackle the issue and praised Thailand’s efforts to regulate and monitor its fishing fleets, saying the Thai government is truly committed to solving the problem.
The same week that the European Union threatened to sanction Thailand over illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, Indonesia, one of the countries most affected by that problem, agreed to form a joint task force with Thailand to tackle the issue and praised Thailand’s efforts to regulate and monitor its fishing fleets, saying the Thai government is truly committed to solving the problem.
 
Seafood exports are a major earner of foreign exchange for Thailand, reeling in about $7 billion last year, and Thailand’s private-sector fishing fleet is one of the

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