International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) Asia and the Pacific, CPG, and the Embassy of Luxembourg to Thailand jointly held the “Regional Event on Climate Change and Democracy” on May 16-17, 2024, at the Faculty of Law, CPG, Thammasat University.

The event gathered lawmakers, climate and constitutional experts, diplomats, and representatives of international organizations and NGOs from Afghanistan, Chile, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. A core objective was to bring together expertise and insight on the issue with the power of innovation and decision-making, embodied by the participation of members of parliament from countries in Asia, namely Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, and Thailand.

After closing remarks by Gabriel Baptista, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Luxembourg, Leena Rikkilä Tamang, Director of the International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) Asia, and the Pacific regional program, and Henning Glaser, Founding Director of the German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), participants discussed the relationship between democracy, governance, and sustainable environmental policies under the following themes:

• The challenges of climate change in Southeast and South Asia: the science
• The nexus between climate change and democracy in Southeast and South Asia: linking the science to democratic policymaking
• What the nexus between climate change and democracy means for sub-regions and countries in Southeast and South Asia
• Participatory and inclusive approaches to tackling climate change
• Integrating climate change in legislative reform: considerations for multilateral governance and constitutional design

Two days of fruitful discussion, information sharing, and networking were concluded by Thailand’s former Foreign Minister and CPG Senior Fellow, Kasit Piromya.