World Eternal Peace Conference

Peace Conference

The prime concept to hold the World Eternal Peace Conference arose from the observation that world leaders in the past had failed to achieve true everlasting peace through political, economic or military channels, and Dr. Suchart Kosolkitiwong considered that religions would play major role in bringing about true peace for mankind.

Realizing the exactness of this concept, the World Peace Envoy Dr. Suchart Kosolkitiwong then proposed it to worldwide religious and peace leaders including political leaders of different countries of both Free Democratic and Communist Blocs to attend the conference.

The World Peace Envoy organinzed the project of the World Eternal Peace Conference as follows:

1. Receiving Holy Soils from Various Countries

He asked for holy soils from an important, symbolic or spiritual site of each country. These included:

  • The primary government building
  • The government house
  • A Temple
  • The main building of the temple or the mosque which is the most sacred of religious countries or residence of leaders of the countries without religion to contain in the foundation sacred stone base of the conference hall

The WPE began to make official letters to the foreign Embassies in Thailand and to the Thai Embassies in foreign countries from the year 1977-1978 and also sent the group to receive the holy soils at the embassies. Some countries sent representatives to offer it at Hooppha Sawan.

2. Construction of the World Eternal Peace Conference Hall at the Religious Land Hooppha Sawan

On October 19th, 1978, the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the World Eternal Peace Conference Hall was held with the participation of the representatives of 5 major religions including diplomatic corps members from 19 countries with good relation with Thailand, namely the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Union Soviet Socialist Republics and so on. In addition, more than ten thousand general and prominent people attended the function. In this ceremony diplomatic corps members from nineteen countries including from Thailand were represented to place the Holy Soils, presented by their countries, at the Foundation Stone base of the Peace Conference Hall. The Holy Soils placed at the Foundation Stone Base were presented by 85 various countries worldwide.

Later on January 19th, 1981, the actual construction of the Peace Hall commenced with major financial support by public donations and was on the way to be completed in time for the World Eternal Peace Conference scheduled for 1982.

3. Appointing Committee to Prepare for the Peace Conference

There were both Thais and foreigners namely:

  • The General Conference Organizing Committee
  • Honorary Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee
  • The Co-Hosting Committee for Preparing the Peace Conference

4. Making a Project in Brief and Topics for the Peace Conference

In May 1981 the WPE sent the project in brief for the World Eternal Peace Conference together with a questionnaire asking for ideas to attend the conference and their promotion to religious, peace and state leaders worldwide.

Main topics to be discussed in the conference included:

  • Why were men born? For what purpose does our life exists? Where shall we go after death?
  • How will the religious power play a major and effective role in preventing World War III? How can it bring peace to the world?
  • Consideration to ratify principles of World Constitution for the establishment of Provisional World Parliament and World Government.
  • Consideration to ratify the usage of world common language i.e. the Esperanto language as a major medium in creating good understanding among population of every nation and language in the world.
  • Consideration to declare the Indo-Chinese Peninsula as an independent, neutral peace zone of the world to ease the tension, to prevent the cause of World War III, to develop Indo-China, to help it achieve a true, everlasting peace and to foster a better standard of living.
  • Ratification to guarantee the independence and neutrality of Thailand.
  • Ratification of the status of the Religious Land Hooppha Sawan as “the Centre of Peace Promotion” which shall not be violated by anyone.
  • Consideration to use world currency of only one issuing body.
  • Consideration to reduce or destroy war arms of every kind especially those mass weapons of mass destruction. (W.M.D.).
  • Consideration of fundamental human rights.
  • Consideration on food especially food nutritious to human beings, both physically, mentally and economically.
  • Consideration on righteous means for one’s self conduct so that one can attain physical and mental perfection.

5. Participation

To have worldwide participation, an official invitation had been extended to the political, religious and peace leaders around the world. It was interesting to note that more than 200 prominent world figures acknowledged the receipt of this invitation to attend this historic conference even though the actual date for the conference had not yet been fixed.

6. Fixing the Date for the World Eternal Peace Conference

In October 1981, after attending an NGO meeting of the UN Department of Information Affairs as an associate association with the United Nations to exchange ideas work for world peace and to discuss with the United Nations for cooperation in fixing the date of the World Eternal Peace Conference. The date for the Peace Conference was fixed for September 5th-12th, 1982 at the Religious Land Hooppha Sawan, Ratchaburi Province, Thailand.

7. Asking for a Message to read on the First day of the Peace Conference

Messages from some prominent world and religious leaders to read in the Peace Conference Opening Ceremony and to be printed in the commemorative books to be distributed on the day of the conference were asked for. The request was well accepted by leaders giving the asked for messages.

The World Peace Envoy had an idea that Thailand has a suitable geographical area, not very large and not very small, with a ruler who patronages all religions equally, with good culture and tradition and people that are free to take faith in any religion. If the peace conference could be organized, the decision of the conference would ask for “the Centre of the World Religion,” “the Centre of the World Culture” and “the Centre of the World Peace” to be put at the Religious Land Hooppha Sawan. Thailand would be well known the world over for its peace promoting initiatives.

When there was a troublesome situation with the IFR and Hooppha Sawan in 1982, the World Peace Envoy wrote to political leaders, religious and peace leaders worldwide reporting about the unability to hold the Peace Conference.