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

Statement by Lyonpo Yigmi Thinley, Presdident of the Center for Bhutan Studies: "There are many who would agree that ours is a story of how the supposed means to happiness have been mistaken for the end itself. And having lost sight of happiness, we have committed ourselves to a life of endless labour and the goal of mindless growth. For too long, we have chased symbols of success that we believed would give rise to happiness. For too long we have chased illusions. That is why we need a clear destination, a new direction. We need to be certain about what it is that we want to achieve through development and how to measure the progress we make".

"Each conference on Gross National Happiness will be unique. The conference in Thailand will start in the Northern provincial town of Nongkhai and will focus on cooperation in the Mekong region. The gathering of community elders, spiritual leaders and Youth will culminate in participation in the Loy Krathong festival."

"The second part, in Bangkok, will center around academic exchanges related to Gross National Happiness (GNH) and an appeal of world leaders to explore new paradigms and engage in inner, social and global transformation."

Left to right: Mr. Thakur Singh Powdyel, Wallapa van Willenswaard-Kuntiranont, Lyonpo Yigmi Thinley and Professor Takayoshi Kusago.

"Growth of GDP in Japan did not result in growth of happiness. We have to find out by careful and reliable research how genuine happiness can be facilitated."

Professor Takayoshi Kusago has undertaken resreach on life satisfaction in Japan and how it correlates with economic growth. He spent considerable time in Bhutan to inderstand the philosophy of Gross National Happiness and related research approaches. Professor Kusago has been a Policy Advisor for Poverty Reduction at UNDP, Bangkok.

"Happiness is not about being goody-goody. For transformation we have to confront the powers that be. But we always have to act non-violently, with skillful means." 

"In Thailand we see a constant struggle between dictatorship and the grassroot people's movement, resulting in numerous coups d'etat. We need to work towards a balance based on spirtuality, cultural integrity, justice and honestly reveal the facts." 

Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa is the Founder and President of the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation. Ajarn Sulak travelled to Bhutan some twenty years ago and wrote a book in Thai that has seen many editions. In 2006 Ajarn Sulak was invited to deliver a speech for the Center for Bhutan Studies in Thimphu, Bhutan which resulted in the agreement to co-organise the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness in Thailand.

Photo: Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa addresses the audience at the UN Center, Bangkok, 19 July 2007.

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Pre-conference gathering at the UN Center in Bangkok.
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Therevada monk addresses the hardship of farmers in Thailand. Natural farming has been largely disturbed.
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Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa confronts UN officials, diplomats, government representatives and academics with his vision.
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H.E. Paiboon Wattanasiritham, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand, closes the pre-conference gathering at the UN Center and emphasizes the advantage of frank 'multi-stakeholder' dialogue and cooperation.

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