The 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness Conference 2007, Nongkhai & Bangkok, Thailand

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เว็บไซต์ GNH ของเราเปิดพื้นที่เนื้อหาภาษาไทยแล้ว
ท่านสามารถเข้าได้จากเมนูหลัก "ไทย" หรือจากลิงค์ด้านล่างนี้


"I feel that there must be some convergence among nations on the idea of what the primary objective of development and progress should be - something Gross National Happiness seeks to bring about".

                    H.M. Jigme Khesar Wangchuck

The National GNH3 Conference Committee was the overarching body where all parties involved met and coordinated their efforts. The two Advisors of the Committee were: H.E. Paiboon Wattanasiritham, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Social Development and Human Security Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa, President Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation In the National Committee all relevant Government agencies had a seat together with representatives of a diversity of stakeholders: NGO's, academics, government related organisations and business networks. Chairperson was Ms. Kanda Vajrabhaya, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security; Deputy Chairperson was Ms. Wallapa van Willenswaard on behalf of the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation. The Committee met every two months. Persons in charge on behalf of the Government were Khun Saranpat and Khun Gaysorn. The core persons at Executive level met every month in the Joint Committee formed in the initial stages of the conference preparations. It was the platform for both practical arrangements to be made and development of the content.

Our Partner-organization in Bhutan is the Center for Bhutan Studies (CBS).

President of the Center for Bhutan Studies is the Prime Minister. The Director of CBS is Dasho Karma Ura, while the Conference Coordinator for CBS is Phuntsho Rapten. The CBS is an independent organization t mandated by the Government of Bhutan to guide policy development towards Gross National Happiness in Bhutan, including international exchanges.

Partner-organizations and Coordinators in Thailand are:

Coordinator Network of Government Related Organizations ('Well-being Index Network') including Moral Center, NESDB, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, NHC, MSDHS, CODI, TRF, ABAC: Doctor Ugrid Milintangkul, National Health Center, NHC

Coordinators Network of Thai NGO's: SEM, TVS, RRAFFA, Social Management College (SMC): Chatchawarn Thongdeelert, SMC and Somboon Chungprampree, Spirit in Eduction Movement

Youth Coordinator: Somkid Mahissaya, Thailand Volunteer Service (TVS)

International Coordinators including development of partnerships with: New Economics Foundation; Bija Vidyapeeth; The World Future Council; Right Livelihood Award recipients' network; Quakers; Social Venture Network; GPI Atlantic; Fair Trade International; UNESCO/DESD; Asia-Europe Foundation etc (in progress): Hans van Willenswaard, Suan Nguen Mee Ma publishers, Bangkok and Francesco Volpini, volunteer

Coordinator Greater Mekong Sub-region network of NGO's in Laos, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Vietnam, China (Yunnan Province and Tibet): Sombath Somphone (PADETC, Laos), Magsaysay Award recipient

Research and Academic Coordinators: Assoc. Prof. Anuchat Poungsomlee, Center of Contemplative Education, Mahidol University, Bangkok; Assoc. Prof. Surichai Wung'aeo, Director, Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University; and Prof. Takayoshi Kusago, University of Osaka, Japan (Advisor), together with their colleagues from CBS, Bhutan.

Academic Session Coordinators: Dr. Narumon Arunothai, Dr. Michita Champathes Rodsutti, Francesco Volpini

Coordinator Communication: Karnjariya Sukrung, 'Happy Media' group

Coordinator Cultural Activities: vacancy


Thailand NGO Peoples' Index research initiative

NGO-CORD, an alliance of NGO's in the North East of Thailand undertook research, together with other NGO's, in 8 villages in all parts of the country to learn how happiness is perceived and what the 'natural' indicators are for communities to indicate factors of well-being that can be influenced. The results of the project was presented at the conference.

Governmental initiatives to increase well-being in rural and urban communities

In Nongkhai, 24 November, the local authorities and Public Health services hosted a meeting on innovative public policy development that focuses on well-being. In the past poverty reduction efforts by and large embarked on material factors and remedies, often leading to more household debts. Debts are among the leading factors causing un-happiness. New approaches to community development are explored and gradually implemented, placing well-being and happiness central in life assesment.

Photo's top to bottom: H.E. Paiboon Wattanasiritham; Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa; Chatchawarn Thongdeelert with Sombath Somphone at Ashram Wonsanit GNH in the Mekong Region meeting; Doctor Ugrid Milintangkul.

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