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

Co-organizers and Partnerships
The Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation, in close cooperation with the Center for Bhutan Studies and local organizations in Thailand, has prepared partnerships with a diversity of organizations. Initially these partnerships are intended to be shaped with organizations and individuals who played already an active role in the International GNH conferences. New partners and sponsors are most welcome. Sulak Sivaraksa is the President of the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation.


The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand, and indeed the whole government, support the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness.
The organizers envision growth of the 'GNH movement' and much energy is devoted to a participatory process in which all partners play their role.

New Partners and Sponsors are cordially invited to join the cooperative network.

3.1. Organizational arrangement

The conveners of the conference are:

H.E. Paiboon Wattanasiritham, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Social Development and Human Security

Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa, President Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation

Thai and International Advisors are asked to form a Honorary Advisory Group.

The Royal Thai Government is the major sponsor of the conference.

3.2. Partner-organizations and Representatives in Bhutan, Thailand and the Mekong region are:

Representative Center for Bhutan Studies: Phuntsho Rapten 

Represenative Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation and Managing Director Suan Nguen Mee Ma Co., Ltd, : Wallapa van Willenswaard - Kuntiranont

Representative Minister of Social Development and Human Security: Ms. Kanda Vajrabhaya, Deputy Secretary-General; Chairperson National GNH Conference Committee

Project Director - Nanoot Mathurapote
Assistant Project Director - Solassa Meesompleum

Coordinator Network of Thai Government 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, 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).

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

Coordinator Communication: Karnjariya Sukrung, 'Happy Media group'

Coordinator Cultural Activities: vacancy

Fund-raising will be undertaken in a spirit of partnership. The Japan Foundation, Regional Office in Bangkok, has approved to be the priority sponsor, as The Japan Foundation supported two previous GNH conferences in Thailand. The Royal Government of Thailand is committed to provide the conference with appropriate financial and organizational support. At present circa half of the total funding needed, in particular for local hospitality, has been approved by the Royal Government of Thailand; an other part has been committed by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation/TGLIP; and one quarter is being solicited from international funding and business sponsors.

3.3. Special characteristics of the host country Thailand; and the Mekong Sub-region

In Thailand policy development on Sufficiency Economy inspired by H.M. the King has become increasingly central in government policies, while responsible business leaders and civil society play their own role in debating and initiating transformation.

Initiatives towards sustainable development in neighbouring Mekong region countries emerge simultaneously, although less well-known. A prominent thinker and community development leader in Laos is Sombath Somphone. The founder of PADETC in Vientiane received the Magsaysay Award in 2005.

Several countries in the Mekong Sub-region share Least Developed Country (LDC) status with Bhutan and therefore have special interest in the example of inspiring innovative policy development initiated from Bhutan.

The conference will offer a unique opportunity to shape South-South development cooperation within Asia and globally.

Photo top of page: Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa; H.E. Paiboon Wattanasiritham. Bottom page: Sombath Somphone; in the background, among others, Dasho Karma Ura and Doctor Ugrid Milintangkul

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