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Public Hearing on Thailand’s Clean Air Bill

Solving the PM 2.5 Haze Pollution in a Sustainable Manner and Leaving No One Behind

Seminar

Enhancement of Efficiency in Administrative Case Management

Problems in the Supreme Administrative Court's Judicial Proceedings and Relevant Solutions (in the Fiscal Year 2024)

Problems, obstacles, and challenges towards administrative judicial proceedings: disciplinary actions in compliance with resolutions of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) under Organic Act on Anti-Corruption B.E. 2561 (2018)

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Navigating the Nexus: European and SEA Views on Current Geopolitical Shifts amid Great Power Rivalries

Strategic Positioning in the Mekong Subregion

The Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia has emerged as a focal point in global geopolitics, influenced heavily by international political developments and great power rivalries. As the strategic interest of the region intensifies, the European Union (EU) seeks to navigate this dynamic landscape, balancing economic competition with cooperation and aiming to increase its presence in Southeast Asia as well as its subregion. This activity will focus on three critical questions that shape the EU's engagement in the Mekong Subregion and Southeast Asia’s response to this raising interest.

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The Way Forward for Thai-German Cooperation amid Global, Regional, and Local Challenges

Strategic Planning Workshop based on KAS’ Framework Objectives 2025-2027

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) is dedicated to advancing peace, freedom, and prosperity in Thailand by promoting participatory democracy, the rule of law, a social market economy, innovation, and fostering cooperation between Thailand, Southeast Asia, Germany, and the EU. In our pursuit of these goals, KAS collaborates with local partner organizations that share our values, working together on projects that drive our mission forward.

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Empowering Digital Local Governance

A Workshop on Digital Literacy and Cybersecurity for Local Administrative Officials

To deliver a better performance and effective public services in the digital era, local administrative officials in Thailand have to be equipped with digital literacy and capacity. At the same time, they have to also be aware of cybersecurity in response to the advancement of technology. Basic principles and understanding on digital technologies are therefore significant to the development of local public services.

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Self-reliance of Youth and Communities for Sustainable Civic Participation in Local Administration

Workshop organised by We-Watch with support from UNDP and KAS-Thailand

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The Lessons Learned from PM2.5 and Right to Clean Air

Media Dialogue Forum 4 of 2023

PM2.5 has increasingly become a new challenge to Thailand especially in the North where forest fires which usually start in mid-January pose serious impacts to people’s health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) notes that PM2.5 is a fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less that is classified as carcinogenic since 2013, and along with other fine dust, they are capable of penetrating deep into the lungs, causing cardiovascular and respiratory impacts and also affecting other organs.

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Beyond PM2.5: Environmental Justice and Insight Urban Solution for the Next Generation

Interactive Poster Exhibition and Public Forum

Thailand suffers from air pollution every year, intensively in the northern Thailand. PM 2.5 pollutes the air of Chiang Mai and affects the daily living during so called “Polluted Season”. It's aggravated by dry and high pressure as a result of climate change severely suppressing the particle matter in the Chiang Mai-Lamphun basin. In Chiang Mai, the number of clear sky days have been decreased each year, meaning that whoever continue to live there in the future will face higher air pollution and every breath they inhale will cause their illness and untimely death.

Seminar

The New European ESG Supply Chain Regulations and the Impact on Thailand

Europe-in-Review (EiR) Seminar on Current Developments in the EU and for the Cooperation between Europe and Southeast Asia

The global landscape of corporate responsibility and sustainable business practices regarding environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) values, including the responsibility for the supply chain, has been rapidly evolving over the past years. The European Union's (EU’s) Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), proposed by the European Commission in February last year and adopted by the European Parliament in June this year, is the latest in the string of legislations and initiatives in Europe aimed at ensuring responsible sourcing, ethical practices, and compliance with labor and environmental regulations in business throughout the supply chain.

Workshop

Approaching a Model and Direction of Decentralization for Governor Elections in a Transitional Era

A Workshop Series to Promote Democracy and Decentralization in Thailand (Workshop 4)

Thailand has over 7,000 local government organizations established in various forms and levels, e.g. provincial administrative organizations, sub-district administrative organizations, municipalities, or even special autonomous cities like Bangkok and Pattaya. In details, however, the structure and the actual administrative process are not quite correlate. The Chief Executives and Council Members of local government organizations come directly from the local elections, but they are still overseen by civil servants who are assigned by the central government as governors of provinces. The budget approval, inspection of the overall administration, and even dismissal of the local government chiefs are authorized by the governors. As a result, it has gradually raised questions and awareness on improvement of Thailand’s decentralization since, in fact, there are many organic laws in the sections both on state policy and local administration, stipulating that the provinces are ready to be entirely administered by local governments.

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Dam or No Dam? in the Country’s Natural World Heritage Sites

Media Dialogue Forum 3 of 2023

During the 44th meeting of the World Heritage Committee in 2021, the WHC resolved and noted with “utmost concern” on the renewed development of several dam projects within and adjacent to Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, reiterating its request to Thailand to permanently cancel plans for any construction of dams with reservoirs inside the property’s boundaries.

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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

The impacts of global warming and climate change already had serious impacts around the world: Heat waves, severe storms, heavy rains, flash floods, landslides, melting snow caps, wildfires and droughts. All these disasters – both directly and indirectly – affect human life and in particular vulnerable people such as children, disabled and elderly people and other less privileged groups.

Workshop

Approaching a Model and Direction of Decentralization for Governor Elections in a Transitional Era

A Workshop Series to Promote Democracy and Decentralization in Thailand

Thailand has over 7,000 local government organizations established in various forms and levels, e.g. provincial administrative organizations, sub-district administrative organizations, municipalities, or even special autonomous cities like Bangkok and Pattaya. In details, however, the structure and the actual administrative process are not quite correlate. The Chief Executives and Council Members of local government organizations come directly from the local elections, but they are still overseen by civil servants who are assigned by the central government as governors of provinces. The budget approval, inspection of the overall administration, and even dismissal of the local government chiefs are authorized by the governors. As a result, it has gradually raised questions and awareness on improvement of Thailand’s decentralization since, in fact, there are many organic laws in the sections both on state policy and local administration, stipulating that the provinces are ready to be entirely administered by local governments.

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New Steps for Decentralization in 2023

Webinar Series

As Thailand has had a new government with a decentralization policy being set up, Creative Urban Solution Center (CUSC) and the Academic Network for Decentralization in Thailand (A.N.D.T) have taken this important time to launch a campaign for more steps of decentralization in the society. As well, direct elections of governors are necessary, needing a clear working guideline and structure. An achievement of this project will allow target participants and Thai public to be more participative in decentralization through local democracy. Policy-makers will also get sensitized to their legislative representation and service functions towards the citizens.

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Strengthening Economic Security

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

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Office Thailand in cooperation with the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and the Asian Governance Foundation hosted a roundtable discussion titled "Strengthening Economic Security: European and Southeast Asian Perspectives on Navigating the New Normal in Global Supply Chains" on March 27. The event provided insights on the evolving landscape of global supply chains and explored strategies for resilience and adaptation in the face of increasing pressures.

Steering the Course of Digitalization

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

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Office Thailand in cooperation with the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF) co-hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Steering the Course of Digitalization: A Thai-German Exchange on Chances and Challenges of Digital Economy” on 15 February 2024. The event informed about the current state of affairs, pressing challenges to overcome, as well as opportunities for future development and cooperation with respect to digitalization in both countries.

Recommendations for Improvement of Public Services: Collaboration for Thailand’s Better Road Safety

Project on Open and Innovative Government in Thailand

To mobilise the Open Government in Thailand more effectively, inclusively and continuously, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission or OPDC organised a series of workshops and hackathon event last year to improve the public services and performance of the public sector. The focal topic this time was how to increase road safety in Thailand through the innovative and sustainable methods in order to reduce damage to life and property which has also affected the social and economic development of the country as a whole.

Direct Talks with MPs Year 2 EP 23-28

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

"Direct Talks" Year 2 by the Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament is the programme that takes you to meet with Members of the House of Representatives 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.

KASSID Winter Meeting 2023

The KASSID Winter Meeting 2023 took place on December 6th, featuring engaging workshop activities.

Direct Talks with MPs Year 2 EP 15-22

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

"Direct Talks" Year 2 by the Democratic Youth Network of the Thai Parliament is the programme that takes you to meet with Members of the House of Representatives 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.

Dialogue Program EU-ASEAN as Strategic Partners for Growth and Prosperity

MP Serap Güler's Visit in Thailand

Ms. Serap Güler Member of the Bundestag, CDU/CSU parliamentary group, travelled to Bangkok from 30 to 31 October to take part in a dialogue program at the invitation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Thailand. Ms. Güler is, inter alia, Deputy Chairwoman of the Bundestag's Committee of Inquiry into Afghanistan and a member of the Defense Committee. Within the latter, she also serves as rapporteur for Asia. The focus of her visit to Bangkok therefore lay on security issues in the areas of foreign policy and international relations, trade and business, elections and citizen participation.

The New European ESG Supply Chain Regulations and the Impact on Thailand

Europe-in-Review (EiR) Seminar

The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF) in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Office Thailand co-hosted the seminar titled “The New European ESG Supply Chain Regulations and the Impact on Thailand” on 5 October 2023 at the Pullman G Hotel in Bangkok. The event informed about the nature of the EU’s new Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) as the latest piece of environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related regulation and mapped out its impact on relevant stakeholders in Thailand and the EU.

Direct Talks with MPs Year 2 EP 7-14

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

"Direct Talks" Year 2 by the Democratic Youth Network is the Programme that takes you to meet with Members of the House of Representatives 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.

Enhancing Potential and Competitiveness of Local Community Business

Applying the Social Market Economy Principle in Thailand

In August-September 2023, the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) implemented the second 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.