A policy forum on development and environmental challenges and policies to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” to create one big picture for better understanding and decision-making in the society
In times when society has become widened with gaps and differences of views and opinions, one issue could be escalated into a crisis if there are no platforms available for appropriate discussion among all concerned.
The media, while informing and inspiring their audience, could also take a role in educating and facilitating the public by providing such platforms to help “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” to create the big picture for better understanding and decision-making in the society.
Realising such critical roles, Bangkok Tribune in collaboration with its partners and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Thailand Office, comes up with a policy forum on critical development and environmental issues under the project, Dialogue Forum.
This is to facilitate and provide a space for discussions and exchanges of dialogues and views on development and environmental issues up to the policy level both in Thailand and the Mekong region. It therefore not only bridges the gap but also connects the dots, helping forge better understanding among the parties concerned and the public at large and encourage them to make a better decision about the issues or even find common ground or seek solutions together.
Since the world stepped into the first climate mitigation challenging decade of 2030 with COP26 and COP27 held respectively in 2021 and last year in the UK and Egypt, it has been passing a rugged and terrain road to reach the goal of keeping the world’s temperature below 2C, and ideally, 1.5C by this century.
To do so, countries need to cut Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions at least 45% below 2019 levels by 2030, but as being reported by the World Resources Institute (WRI) on key issues to watch at COP28, the accumulated reduction based on the national plans or NDCs could achieve only a 7% reduction so far. Worse, subsidies for fossil fuels, in contrast, rose to a record US$7 trillion in 2022, according to the WRI.
Although some breakthroughs have been made on other fronts, including the creation of the Global Stocktake, Loss and Damage funding arrangements, increased funding for adaptation and others, these still remain much to be seen whether they will get bogged down or make it through during the next round of the negotiations at COP28 scheduled in Dubai.
The Dialogue Forum would cordially like to invite you to take this opportunity to explore these challenges and analyses from concerned experts and policymakers together at Dialogue Forum 5&6 l Year 4: Thorny issues ahead of COP28 and the Way Forward (in Thai) on November 28 and December 22, 2023, 10 am-12.30 pm at SEA-Junction, BACC’s building (4th Floor).
- To produce critical and constructive content and policy recommendation that is of the public interest in order to raise public awareness and boost public knowledge and understanding as well as inspiration_all to mobilise desirable “social forces” that can help address issues of importance in the society and sustain a free and fair society (Inform & Inspire)
- To create a space and body of in-depth knowledge as well as an innovative media platform (Dialogue Forum) that is independent and in-depth for the public (Indie & In-depth)
- To empower the public to be able to keep up with developments as well as repercussions in the society, and level up meaningful conversations and discussions for better understanding among the public here and abroad (Empowering)
- To promote public participation in problem-solving and decision-making processes (Participatory & Inclusive)
- To promote the development of innovative and constructive media so that it can remain open and accessible to all (Open & Accessible)
- Bangkok Tribune Online News Agency
- Decode. plus, Thai PBS
- The Thai Society of Environmental Journalists (Thai SEJ)
- Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Thailand Office
Piyaporn Wong l Bangkok Tribune coordinator: 089 920 8027/ [email protected]/ FB Messenger: Bangkok Tribune News
Please confirm in advance for a seat at the forum: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwnG82RRCiEulAnWbyHJY1uJk1QTYNWezgLcLwzR5J7JUsXg/viewform?usp=pp_url
**Due to Covid-19, please comply with the relevant Covid-19 prevention and protection protocol. Mask-wearing and hygienic hand cleaning are encouraged throughout the event.
***You can also watch the event live via FB Live@ FB Page: Decode. plus, Thai SEJ (ชมรมนักข่าวสิ่งแวดล้อม), SEA-Junction, and Bangkok Tribune News
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to “bridge the gap” and “connect the dots” with critical and constructive minds on development and environmental policies in Thailand and the Mekong region; to deliver meaningful messages and create the big picture critical to public understanding and decision-making, thus truly being the public’s critical voice