Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter: Focus on Building a Sustainable Future - Forum to launch the 2018 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report
The event is co-organized by UN ESCAP; ARTNeT; Chula Global Network, Chulalongkorn University; International Institute for Trade and Development and Mekong Institute.
With the release of the 2018 rankings of think tanks around the world on January 30, more than 150 think tanks are sponsoring forums to discuss the role of think tanks in today’s world where often the lines between “alternative” facts, and actual facts get blurred and fuzzy, so that policymaking by governments as well as decision making by producers, consumers, voters - simply all of us- becomes very difficult. Think tanks and policy institutes have a critical role in analyzing, developing, and promoting policy options, particularly in these times of disruption and change. In fact, the importance of think tanks and policy institutes has never been more than at present when these organizations operate in information-flooded societies where facts, evidence, and credible research are often ignored—and where “alternative facts” and “fake news” proliferate. To remain relevant and impactful, think tanks and policy institutes have to simultaneously and equally pursue relevance, rigour, innovation, accessibility, and accountability.
ESCAP is fortunate to be able to join forces and work with many think tanks and policy institutes at national, regional and international levels. With us today are three of such partners, Chula Global Network, International Institute for Trade and Development and Mekong Institute, the last two associated with ESCAP-led Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network - ARTNeT. We are all pleased to collaborate in this forum which also serves as the Bangkok launch of the Global Go To Think Tank Index 2018 Report rankings. Of course, we are all working towards improving our institutions’ rankings in Go To Think Tank Reports and would like to thank those who spare time to cast their votes. The forum, in addition to discussing the role of think tanks and policy institutes in providing a public service of shifting through falsehood and truths, in being policy shapers, will in particular look at the role of “factfulness” in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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