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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Parliamentary Engagement in Implementing SDGs Localisation

Adaptation and Management to Mitigate Impacts on Vulnerable Groups According to the Principle of Leaving No One Behind

ASEAN Community Center of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives and UNDP Thailand, with the support of KAS Thailand Office, held a seminar on 18 September 2023 to validate the report on “Climate Change: Adaptation and Management to Mitigate Impacts on Vulnerable Groups According to the Principle of Leaving No One Behind”. The report was compiled from information and data gathered in the previous activities which had been implemented in Chiang Mai, Songkla, and Bangkok in the beginning of the year. Among participants, there were parliamentary and ministerial officials, diplomats, and also representatives from Thai civil society.

Direct Talks with MPs Year 2 EP 1-6

Brought to you by the Democratic Youth Network, the Secretariat of the National Assembly

“Direct Talks” Year 2 by the Democratic Youth Network is the programme that takes you to meet with new Members of the Parliament of Thailand and talk about many agenda, legal provisions, and policies significant for the development of the country. Not even the youth but people in all age groups should monitor and follow up closely how far this legislative body push each issue forwards and actualise all those policies they promised in the last election campaign. The talks are conducted in Thai.

CIM City (Creative, Innovation and MICE City): The Future of Bangkok Urbanization

On the 16th of August 2023, a discussion centered around CIM City (Creative, Innovation, and MICE City) entitled “The Future of Bangkok Urbanization” was convened. This event was organized by the Institute of Democratization Studies (IDS), in collaboration with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The event attracted an array of distinguished speakers hailing from public agencies, administrative bodies, and academia.

Environmental Policies in the New Politics

Media Dialogue Forum 1 Year 2023

In 2023, Thailand is going through another transition as Thai people voiced out at the May 14 election that they wanted change and they decided to vote unprecedentedly for a new party of the young generation to lead, Move Forward Party. Aside from “the state policies and duties”, every government’s task is to develop sound policies and plans to move the country forward. There has been discussion on the best way forward among the public and sustainable development is just back to the scene. The challenge is; whether to accomplish this goal if there is no integration of a strong foundation of the environment. As Thailand is going to enter a new chapter of politics, it’s interesting to see how environmental policies will be addressed to help support the development path as wished by the people.

Workshop Series on Micro-entrepreneurship: Input from the Social Market Economy

Input from the Social Market Economy and Exchange with Local Officials

Forward Foundation with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized three workshops in the series of “Micro-entrepreneurship Input from the Social Market Economy and Exchange with Local Officials” on June 28 at Nakhon Pathom Province, July 13 at Loei Province, and on July 18 of 2023 at Mae Sot District in Tak Province respectively. During the workshops, participants who belong to the groups of officials from district/sub-district administrative organizations, community leaders, and village volunteers had an opportunity to learn the principles of Germany's Social Market Economy and Dual Education system as well as climate change solutions. The workshops aimed at building capacity and encouraging administrative officials to launch local regulations and policy recommendations to provide sustainable vocational training programmes and social safety net to local residents.

Electronic Administrative Court System

Training Project on the use of e-Admincourt for Relevant State Officials

On July 19 and 20, a training was held at the Nakhon Ratchasima Administrative Court Building to enhance and publicize knowledge to parties, people, government officials in using the Electronic Court System with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Thailand Office.

Local Community Business and Awareness on Environmental Protection for Sustainable Development

Applying the Social Market Economy Principle in Thailand

In June-July 2023, the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) implemented the first 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 operation of the PDA’s Centres for Community-Based Integrated Rural Development (CBIRD) in seven project provinces.

Special Forum and Photo Essay Exhibition “SDGs l The Depth of Field”

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From June 15 to 22 Bangkok Tribune organized the Special Forum and Photo Essay Exhibition “SDGs l The Depth of Field” with support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Thailand Office) at Museum Siam. The event aimed to bring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda closer to the public and enhance their understanding, ultimately encouraging individuals to take action. According to the United Nations, the 17 SDGs demand a collective commitment from all countries to end poverty and other deprivations which necessitates the implementation of strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth and simultaneously combat climate change while preserving the oceans and forests. The photo essay exhibition conveyed the ideas and challenges behind these goals through powerful visual stories captured by renowned photographers. Several projects, primarily based in Thailand, were presented and explained, each dedicated to addressing specific SDGs to highlight the diverse efforts being undertaken to achieve the goals.

Executive Summary “Smart City and Digital Government in 2023: Resilience for Future”

By Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Thailand), Institute of Democratization Studies (iDS), and King Prajadhipok’s Institute

The Institute of Democratization Studies in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Thailand organized the discussion “Smart City and Digital Government in 2023: Resilience for the future” to promote smart city concepts and civic engagement in the policy process on May 31, 2023.

Project on Enhancement of Efficiency in Administrative Case Execution for the Fiscal Year 2023

Seminar on Problems and Obstacles in Execution of Decree Ordering State Agencies to Comply with Building Control Act, B.E. 2522 (1979)

About 56 Officials from the Bureau of Decisions Execution (26 from the Bangkok Office in person and ca. 30 from 14 regional offices from the administrative court via Zoom) took part in the seminar “Project on Enhancement of Efficiency in Administrative Case Execution for the Fiscal Year 2023: Seminar on Problems and Obstacles in Execution of Decree Ordering State Agencies to Comply with Building Control Act, B.E. 2522 (1979)” organized by the Administrative Court in Thailand with support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Thailand. The goal of the seminar was to improve the official’s legal execution of the Building Control Act, B.E. 2522.