CPG Online Magazine 01/2020


The Heinrich-Böll Foundation, has published its 2019 Plastic Atlas. “The Plastic Atlas has the hard facts, data and figures to prove that the story of plastic that industry is telling us is a myth. [It suggests] urgent and drastic reductions in plastic production and consumption and regulation at the local, national and global level that tackle plastic pollution at the source.”


Upcoming Public Holidays:

01 January 2020: New Year’s Day

25 January 2020: Chinese New Year

10 February 2020: Magha Puja

Upcoming National Days:

January 01       Cuba Day of the Victory of the Revolution (1959)

January 01       Sudan Independence Day (1956)

January 04       Myanmar Independence Day (1948)

January 26       Australia Australia Day (1788)

January 26       India Republic Day (1950)

February 04     Sri Lanka Independence Day (1975)

February 06     New Zealand Waitangi Day (1840)

February 11     Iran Anniversary of Victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (1979)

February 16     Lithuania Independence Day (1918)

February 18     Gambia Independence Day (1965)

February 23     Brunei Darussalam National Day (1984)

February 23     Japan Birthday of H.M. Emperor Naruhito

February 24     Estonia Independence Day (1918)

February 25     Kuwait National Day (1961)

February 27     Dominican Republic Independence Day (1844)

Articles & Interviews

Office Closure Announcement, July 22, 2024

📣 Office Closure Announcement  Dear CPG Community,  Our CPG office will be closed on July 22, 2024, in observance of the public holiday in Thailand, 'Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day' in Thailand.   Resume business on the next working day.   #CPG #PublicHoliday...

Masoud Pezeshkian Wins Iran’s Presidential Election

In Iran, reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian recently won the country’s presidential snap election, defeating his hardline rival Saeed Jalili in a pivotal vote that had been called after Ebrahim Raisi, an archconservative elected to the presidency in 2021, was...

Scholarship Opportunities 

The “ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program” supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor of the fellow. For more information visit https://www.ethz.ch/en/research/research-promotion/eth-internal-programmes/eth-fellowships.html  Deadline is on 1 March 2020.

The DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate Courses offers foreign graduates from development and newly industrialized countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany. For further details go to https://www.daad.or.th/en/scholarship-database/. Deadline depends on the chosen study programme.

An overview of all DAAD scholarships with relevance for researchers and students from Thailand can be found here: https://www.daad.or.th/en/find-funding/

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship is aimed at supporting students from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe that intend to study in Germany in any subject area. The students must demonstrate excellent school or academic merit and must be committed to the values of social democracy. More information can be found at https://www.fes.de/studienfoerderung/other-languages/. Deadline depends on the type of application.

The Singapore Management University offers Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships which provide financial support to recipients to pursue an overseas research programme. The scholarship includes academic guidance and mentorship. For more details go to https://www.smu.edu.sg/moe-start/overseas-pg-scholarship. Deadlines vary.

The World Academy of Sciences offers various fellowships and grants to PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from developing countries. For more information visit https://twas.org/opportunities Deadlines vary.

Rotary Peace Fellowship allows up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program or Master’s Degree Program related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers around the world (USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, and Thailand). For more information: https://my.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowship-application. Applications will reopen in February 2020.

The Kennisontwikkelings programma Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (OKP NFP) provides fellowships for highly motivated professionals who are interested at participating in a Dutch University. The professionals must be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation. The applicants must find a suitable university and submit your application via the Dutch institution offering the course. For more information: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/files/documents Deadline is on 14 January 2020.

The ASEAN Master Scholarship is aimed at supporting students from ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) who intend to study at the University of Nottingham. You will be eligible to apply if you are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes and hold an offer to start a full-time master’s degree program (excluding MRes) at Nottingham in any subject area. More information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus. Applications will reopen in January 2020.


CPG Events November-December 2019

Special Lecture “70 Years German Basic Law”

CPG Seminar “The Thai Personal Data Protection Act and its Draft Implementing Rules and Regulations”

International Workshop on “Advocating Advocacy Reform in ASEAN”

8th CPG Winter Academy on Human Rights & Development 2019

International Seminar: CPG’s Geopolitical Focus: Trends in Southeast Asia and ASEAN

International Workshop on “Digital Democracy in ASEAN in the Age of Digitalization”

Christmas Alumni Seminar “10 Years of CPG: Experiences & Achievements”

Movie Workshop on the Occasion of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Thailand YSEALI Network YSEALI YOUnified 2019 Project “TrashNager”


Interview with Kingsley Abbott, Senior Legal Advisor, Global Redress and Accountability, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on International Human Rights Law and global trends.