About Think Centre
Think Centre is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Singapore. We critically examine issues related to political development, democracy, rule of law, human rights and civil society. Think Centre’s activities include research, publishing, organising events and networking. We facilitate communication within civil society that includes individuals, non-governmental organisations and any other organisations with similar objectives. We aim to cultivate awareness, appreciation and understanding of civil, socio-economic and political perspectives, realities and alternatives and also foster a sense of duty to participate in the nation’s political process and civil society.
We will conduct two workshops this year to inform our alliance members and CSOs in our country at large on the SDG in general and specifically goal 16 to prepare for our country’s VNR. We plan to use these workshops as the platform to bring various CSOs overseeing different themes to come together to prepare the shadow report before the HLPF meeting in July.
We will organise a gathering of CSOs from the South East Asia region including all the 10 countries within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and also Timor Leste on 2-4 November 2018 to discuss and come up with recommendations that would contribute to the realizing all of the 17 goals of the SDG. SDG will feature prominently at this ASEAN Conference for CSOs and ASEAN Peoples’ Forum with 250-300 participants from the region as we will commit at least one session in the plenary and another workshop to discuss and introduce the idea of SDG and how we can better make our governments accountable to the various goals they have committed to. This mapping of our recommendations to the SDGs also makes it clearer and easier to do monitoring of implementation efforts and identify gaps where policies may have overlooked. We aim to do this by introducing the various specific goals under each thematics that are being discussed in all the 24 break out sessions. Each specific goal will guide the discussions and provide a structure for them to frame their thoughts and recommendations. Eg. Goal 16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere will be a critical indicator and focus for the groups working on the anti death penalty.
Similarly, we will introduce the other specific goals and show how they can be tied to the concrete recommendations and commitments they want the ASEAN governments collectively to look into. eg. Each group will work out how we can get our governments to not just provide figures on death penalty as a publicly accessible record, but share advocacy experience on how they work towards abolishing the death penalty, through legislation, policy change, and raising public awareness about the issue. The consolidated report will then be presented to the ASEAN heads of states when they meet in Singapore in November 2018. This platform hopefully will also form an alliance and network of the various thematics to assist each other and support each other’s efforts in ensuring the commitments by the States on international platforms are realised. As the issues cut across many goals, we can also work out how each member of the networks can help lead monitoring at the regional level too.