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Seminar

Referendum 2024 and the Way to Constitutional Amendment

Seminar Series on Democratization

Thailand's 2017 Constitution has been a subject of controversy due to its origin under the military junta. The demand for its amendment was central to the 2023 general election and the 2020-2021 mass protest movement. According to a study approved by the cabinet, a series of three referendums are required to gauge public opinion. Amending the Referendum Act, B.E. 2564, is seen as a crucial first step toward facilitating constitutional amendment.

Discussion

Roundtable Discussion with German MP: Strengthening Economic Security

European and Southeast Asian Perspectives on Navigating the New Normal in Global Supply Chains

In recent years, international supply chains – the backbone of global commerce – have encountered unprecedented challenges. The shift towards protectionism marked by the "America First" policies of the Trump administration, including the US-China trade war, was just the beginning of a process at play since 2017. Then, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a significant blow to global supply chains, disrupting transport lines and production cycles worldwide. As the global economy was still grappling with the aftermath of the pandemic, Russia's invasion of Ukraine triggered direct disruptions in supply chains, compounded by a sanctions war against the aggressor that catalyzed pre-existent attempts to reshape supply chains away from the West. These events have accelerated changes and reshaped global supply lines.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Southern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Eastern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Northeastern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Workshop

Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament 2024 (Northern Province)

Youth Leadership as Citizens for the Sustainable Development with Democratic Values

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung cooperatively provide civic education for youth with the knowledge/information they need for being quality citizens. It also supports the Parliamentary Democracy Youth Network to increase their group working skill and number of members. In this year, UNDP Thailand will cooperatively join the event, contributing on the topic of sustainable development to strengthen youth network on this issue. This project expects that democracy promotion among the Thai youth will bring about greater potential and continuity.

Discussion

Roundtable Discussion with German MPs: Steering the Course of Digitalization

A Thai-German Exchange on Chances and Challenges of Digital Economy

The digital economy, characterized by the use of digital technologies and electronic communication, spans diverse sectors such as e-commerce, digital marketing, financial services, software development, and cloud services, to name only a few. This economic model has brought about a substantial shift towards online business interactions, enhancing user experiences, expediting processing, and facilitating easier access to services and products.

Forum

COP28 and the Way Forward

Media Dialogue Forum 6 of 2023

Although some breakthroughs have been made on many fronts at COP28, including the creation of the Loss and Damage Fund, much still remains to be seen, especially the vague term of “transition away” from fossil fuels for the mitigation front rather than phasing out of phasing down fossil fuels. The Dialogue will grapple with the implications of COP28 and what it means for tackling climate change actions going forward.

Seminar

Year-end Seminar for Project Assessment 2023

KAS-PDA Project to Promote the Social Market Economy Principle

Seminar

Conservation of Doi Luang Chiang Dao Forest

Sustainable Development and Solution to the Problems of Climate Change and PM 2.5

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Two Decades of Local Administration in ‘Isan’ Region

125 Years of Thailand’s Local Administration

On 19th July, the Creative Urban Solutions Center (CUSC) in cooperation with Ubon Ratchathani University and network organisations held a hybrid dialogue with the support of the KAS. The dialogue aimed to explore the background stories and the progress of local administration in Thailand further from the researches and publication series done in last year. The topic for this dialogue focused on the context of Isan – the northeastern region.

Digital Communication and Regulation for Innovative Business Development

Applying the Social Market Economy Principle in Thailand

Last month, the Population and Community Development Association or the PDA successfully implemented the 1st phase of the Project “Business for Social and Environmental Development” with the support of the KAS. The activities took place in target areas with the implementation of the PDA’s Centres for Community-Based Integrated Rural Development (CBIRD) in seven provinces. They are CBIRD Wiang Pa Pao in Chiang Rai Province, CBIRD Nang Rong in Buriram Province, CBIRD Mahasarakham in Mahasarakham Province, CBIRD Krabi in Krabi Province, CBIRD Chakkarat in Nakhonratchasima Province, CBIRD Ban Phai in Khon Kaen Province, and CBIRD Sai Yok in Kanchanaburi Province.

KASSID Annual Meeting 2022

Workshop on Participatory Democracy

In 2021, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung started a new scholarship program called “Konrad Adenauer Scholarship for Social and Innovative Development" or KASSID. On 10-11 June 2022, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Thailand organized an Annual Meeting for KASSID scholars at the Avani Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok. Since the start of the scholarship program last year, this was the first time that all of the KASSID scholars met each other in person, shared their ideas and expertise, and grew their connections. The event started off with a dinner talk and an ice-breaking activity which required the students to guess words related to global and local trends, international cooperation, social justice, and multiculturalism. The activity brought so much fun to the scholars and further resulted in casual discussions thereafter.

The Special Forum 1 - Mekong's Womb

A full event report of the first forum of the series "The Songkhram River Basin, the Mekong’s Womb" organised by the Bangkok Tribune News Agency with the support of the KAS in Thailand on March 18, 2022

Youth and MPs

The UNDP Thailand, the Secretariat of the House of Representatives and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Thailand organised the event "Youth and MPs for SDGs"

Bericht zur Konferenz “International Security and the Environment” April 20th – 21st, 20227

Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hat in Kooperation mit dem Institute of Democratization Studies (IDS), der Chiang Mai University und der Mae Fah Luang University am 20. und 21. April 2022 eine internationale Konferenz unter dem Titel „International Security and the En-vironment“ ab¬gehalten. Während der zweitätigen online Konferenz stellten internationale Wissenschaftler ihre Forschungen und Paper zu den Themen Sicherheits-, Klima- und Um-weltpolitik vor.

“Geopolitical Implications of the War in Ukraine”

jointly organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, and the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF)

Social Inclusion

Human Security of Vulnerable Persons – Risks and Hidden Potential

Groups of the elderly, disable, poor, homeless, parolees/released prisoners, young mothers, and migrant workers are considered the most vulnerable population. Their vulnerability arises from many factors such as social stigma, a lack of training and opportunities in employment, career advancement, and income-generating activities; as well as a lack of information and knowledge exchange. More importantly, these groups of people tend to do not have enough power and abilities to cope with the hardships when they occur.

The Role of Parliaments in Participatory Democracies: Experiences from Thailand

Second Session of the Series: Democratic Trends in ASEAN

Strong parliaments are the cornerstone of participatory democracies and democratic pluralism. Parliamentarians represent the people, pass laws and hold governments accountable. As such, they are the connections between executive and citizens. Whether a national parliament can provide accountability and oversight highly depends on a number of factors, including the capabilities of parliamentarians and their staff, political procedures and points of orders, party structures and the parliament’s administration processes. Parliaments are hence an important contact point for the European Union (EU) and other international development actors to strengthen the fundament of democracy on the ground.

Reinforcing the Parliamentary Dimension of the EU/ASEAN Partnership: A Strategic and Timely Move

Roundtable Discussion with Mr. Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament

On May 21st, 2021 the offices of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Southeast Asia hosted Mr. Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, for an online roundtable discussion on the parliamentary dimension of the EU/ASEAN partnership. The event was held after the EU and ASEAN decided to become “Strategic Partners” in December 2020. Selected participants from eight ASEAN member states and the EU discussed six practical ideas to improve the cooperation between parliaments in the EU and ASEAN and to elevate their relationship to a new level of cooperation.