In­ter­na­tional Day of Hap­pi­ness, 20th March 2015 ob­served at Rangsit Uni­ver­sity

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The Rangsit uni­ver­sity in col­lab­o­ra­tion with UN or­ga­ni­za­tions in Bangkok, In­ter­na­tional Re­search As­so­ciates for Happy So­ci­eties (IRAH) and Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy, Bangkok or­ga­nized one day In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum on “Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment and Sus­tain­able Hap­pi­ness”. The fo­rum was or­ga­nized to ob­serve the In­ter­na­tional Day of Hap­pi­ness and to ini­ti­ate a dis­course on how hap­pi­ness can be adapted in Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals. The Bhutanese am­bas­sador to Thai­land ac­com­pa­nied by Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter Coun­selor at­tended the fo­rum. The vice pres­i­dent of Rangsit Uni­ver­sity Dr. Chitriya Pinthong presided over the open­ing ses­sion.

The Bhutanese am­bas­sador with the aid of vis­ual graphic char­ac­ters made a pre­sen­ta­tion on GNH elab­o­rat­ing on how the devel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy of GNH was coined and its im­ple­men­ta­tion in Bhutan and dis­cus­sion in the out­side world. He clar­i­fied that Bhutan doesn’t claim to be a land of hap­pi­ness but rather Bhutan is as­pir­ing for hap­pi­ness. He also touched on how, when, who and why GNH and Hap­pi­ness was im­por­tant for Bhutan and the world at large.

Mr. Bish­wanath Tiwari, UNDP Re­gional Of­fice Bangkok, Dr. Nima As­gari, Public Health Ad­min­is­tra­tor, WHO Bangkok and Mr. Wi­taya Pin­tong, Se­nior Ad­viser of the Of­fice of Na­tional Eco­nomic and So­cial Devel­op­ment Board (NESDB) of Thai­land also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.

In the af­ter­noon ses­sion, two pa­pers on GNH were pre­sented by Dr. Sauwalak Kit­tipra­pas, Direc­tor, Fac­ulty of Eco­nomics, Rangsit Uni­ver­sity and Prof. Dr. Vi­jay Ku­mar Shrotryia, North-Eastern Hill Uni­ver­sity, Shi­long, Megha­laya, In­dia. A third pa­per on the Lo­cal Con­cep­tion of Well­be­ing in Lao PDR was pre­sented by Dr. Than­ta­vanh Manolom, Min­istry of In­dus­try and Com­merce, Lao PDR.

Dr. Kit­tipra­pas said that the cur­rent SDGs which are dis­cussed glob­ally do not in­clude hu­man hap­pi­ness. She touched on the suf­fi­ciency econ­omy model of Thai­land based on the three prin­ci­ples of mod­er­a­tion, rea­son­able­ness, and self im­mu­nity and the GNH phi­los­o­phy of Bhutan. She em­pha­sized that although time is very limited for hap­pi­ness to be in­cluded in the SDGs, per­haps the next global devel­op­ment agenda af­ter SDGs could be HDGs (Hap­pi­ness Devel­op­ment Goals).

The fo­rum was at­tended by mem­bers of diplo­matic corps, aca­demics, so­cial re­searchers and Bhutanese stu­dents study­ing in Rangsit. There were gen­uine ap­pre­ci­a­tion for GNH and good­will for Bhutan among the par­tic­i­pants.

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