SDSN Thailand

Hosted by:
  • SDG Research and Support Programme (SDG Move), Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, (CPCS), Chulalongkorn University.
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Technology and Information Institute for Sustainability, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
    Khlong Nueng, Thailand

SDSN Thailand is a new network co-hosted by three institutions: the SDG Research and Support Programme (SDG Move) from the Faculty of Economics of Thammasat University; the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) from Chulalongkorn University; and the Technology and Informatics Institute for Sustainability (TIIS) of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). The network aims at uniting experts and researchers from a wide range of sectors to tackle the challenges of sustainable development in Thailand. In addition, it will also act as a platform for knowledge and experience sharing between national and global experts. SDSN Thailand will support existing academic networks, as well as nurture new thematic networks to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in Thailand. SDSN Thailand has four priorities:

  1. Shaping multi-stakeholder dialogue and providing platforms for exchanging ideas and experiences across sectors to foster systemic solutions and mobilize tangible actions.
  2. Nurturing thematic networks to promote sustainable development solutions by incorporating SDGs into existing thematic networks, as well as developing new thematic networks.
  3. Providing evidence-based advice and recommendations to policymakers and leaders of different sectors to create transformative change.
  4. Strengthening capacity in research and education on sustainability for Thailand’s primary and higher education sectors through innovative teaching and learning tools.

2020 Highlights & Looking Ahead

Stakeholder engagement – During its first year the network will carefully identify and engage relevant stakeholders at both regional and national levels. In that regard, the network has already received great support from two main strategic partners: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union (EU) Thailand Office. SDSN Thailand is working with the EU to provide capacity building for EU’s civil society partners.

Online seminars – The Network has already hosted a series of online seminars exploring how COVID-19 impacts SDGs advocacy and implementation across different sectors.

Foresight Thailand Project – A research project funded by the Thailand Science, Research and Innovation Office. It leverages the SDGs framework to analyze significant needs, and produce policy recommendations for the regions.

National SDGs Report – The report will be the first national SDGs report produced by an independent body. It will use data and information from Foresight Thailand Project.

University Ranking – SDSN Thailand has planned to launch workshops and provide several universities in the country with materials for integrating SDGs into their policies and administrations.

Thammasat University (TU), founded in 1934, is known to be one of the leading universities in Thailand. TU has been a part of several social transformations of the country, often dubbed as “the university of the people”. As a co-host of SDSN Thailand, SDG Move offers SDG-related multidisciplinary policy research and training programmes. It also mobilizes an academic network to promote sustainability transformation in Thailand.

Chulalongkorn University (CU), founded in 1917, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand. It is ranked as one of the “World’s Top 100 Universities for the Best Academic Reputation” by QS World University Rankings 2021. CPCS, under CU, is a distinguished peace studies centre, specialized in peace studies and conflict resolutions. CPCS has been using its expertise to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues for the SDGs in Thailand.

NSTDA has a mission to perform and support scientific, technological, as well as engineering research and development, in response to the need of the country’s development. The Technology and Information Institute for Sustainability (TIIS), under NSTDA, aims to serve as a central body to house the database for sustainable development as well as to develop a data management system in accordance with the international criteria.