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

Expected Results

I - Monitoring of the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness contents and activities from the Youth perspective




The 40 members of the Youth core group and up to 100 other young participants take an active role in the different workshops and discussions of the Conference


The young delegates prepare a detailed report for each of the activities underlining its strengths and defaults in terms of Youth participation.


The work of the Youth delegates is reflected in an accrued space given to Youth in the workshops, plenary and panel discussions, with young participants co-leading most of the official activities in a peer relation.


Both a written and a video report  are prepared, where the specific approach of the Youth from different countries to Gross National Happiness is described in detail, and recommendations and guidelines for Youth involvement in the GNH process in all sectors concerned are developed.



II - A strong support for the implication of the different national youth groups present, with the creation of a Youth Focal Point during the main conference




A Youth Focal Point is created  to present Youth GNH activities and initiatives to the participants of the Conference, with video presentations, open discussions and demonstrative action


The integration of new young participants is facilitated by the multi-cultural members of the core group through rotation, assuring a permanent presence at the Youth focal Point and its capacity to orientate young delegates beyond linguistic and cultural barriers.


Up to 100 young participants form different countries are included in the participative process started by the Youth core group to monitor the Conference content and activities from the Youth point of view.


Specific working groups are created according to the interest and skills of the young participants and both national and international issue-based observation teams are formed.


Daily specific Youth discussions and evaluations are run every evening in small groups to gather the opinions, inputs and feelings of the young participants and prepare the following steps. 



III - The strengthening of existing and future synergies among youth actors involved in GNH activities, in particular in the Mekong region, promoting further networking among different countries and in the complementary domains of society, environment and economy.




A new Plan of Action for the Youth GNH movement is developed by the young delegates, including both national and international actions


Issue-based synergies are created on the basis of a shared understanding of GNH dynamics and in respect of local and cultural specificities


Cultural differences are seen as a force and interest in cooperation on intercultural learning and cooperation is affirmed



IV - Important advancements on specific and cross-cutting issues identified and targeted by the GNH Youth preparatory meetings and pre-conference activities




Guidelines for the design and inclusion of specific Youth well-being indicators in GNH policies are developed, taking into account both the common issues and the local specificities for the participants’ countries


A pilot survey is run among the young participants of the Conference on youth and happiness, providing new material for further research at different level


Demonstrative actions are run to involve the Conference participants and show the impact and importance of voluntary service and alternative education in youth learning processes


Youth participation in designing youth education and employment policies are stressed as key factors in building GNH intergenerational consensus.


Youth innovative actions in Peace-building and intercultural learning are brought to the attention of the audience of the Conference as examples of Youth potential for transformation and ‘change in continuity’.


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