General conference

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Date:
27 October – 3 November B.E. 2535 (1992)
Venue:
Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
Theme:
Development through Harmony and Cooperation
At the conference, the WFB confirm on its standpoints that Buddhism offers a practical way for all of us to lead wholesome lives and redeem humanity from the ills of the world: violence, social unrest, illicit drugs, scourge of AIDS, child abuse and degradation of environment.  We confidently pledge to continually cooperate with other religious, social and cultural organizations and movements which are committed to the fostering of greater understanding, peace and harmony of all humankind.  In addition, the WFB pledge to work earnestly to contribute to international efforts to engender a greater environmental awareness on our planet and encourage appropriate steps to solve the problems.
Date:
21 - 29 October B.E. 2533 (1990)
Venue:
Seoul, South Korea
Theme:
Buddhist Challenges Into the Next Decade
The conference was also held to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the WFB.  The meeting also commemorated the Anniversary with the publication of the 40th Anniversary Volume and convening two impressive Pancasila Ceremonies at stadiums in Pusan AND Seoul. It was the first time in the history of the WFB that the host in Korea invited over 500 participants from 26 different countries to get together in the spirit of friendship and joy in the Buddha-Dharma.
Date:
19 - 26 November B.E. 2531 (1988)
Venue:
Los Angeles, USA
Theme:
WFB : Unity for World Peace
This was the first time in 38 years that WFB General Conference held outside of Asia.  Regarding to the WFB application, the General Council (composed of the Heads of the delegations) informed that before an application was considered by EXCO, the Vice Presidents in the particular areas concerned were asked to review the application and subsequently submit their reports to the Executive Council Members.  The Vice Presidents undertook these investigations on their own account without reimbursement on the part of the WFB.
Date:
26 November - 2 December B.E. 2529 (1986)
Venue:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Theme:
Lumbinī : A Symbol of World Peace
The conference was coincided held with the United Nations International Year of Peace.  The WFB under the leadership of the WFB President, Prof. Sanya Dharmasakti, was active in promoting positive relations with UNESCO and the UN in various projects working for peace and harmony among humankind.
Date:
2 - 7 August B.E. 2527 (1984)
Venue:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme:
Buddhism’s Contribution to World Culture and Peace
At the conference, a new Standing Committee on Socioeconomic Development was established.   The WFB also stressed that among major religious traditions of the world, Buddhism remains unique in that it does not attempt to eliminate plurality and diversity through a process of unification; we affirm to work for peace and tranquility through peaceful means with the ultimate aim of achieving a peaceful community, by the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons and the arms race.
Date:
21 – 29 November B.E. 2523 (1980)
Venue:
Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand
Theme:
Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Life
The conference was also held to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the WFB.  H.S.H. Princess Poon Pismai Diskul, who was re-elected for another 4 years, also marked with appreciation that the WFB Headquarters had been stationed in Thailand for 17 years with the generous support of the successive Royal Thai Governments had made the WFB work spread worldwide.  At the initial period, we had only 29 Regional Centres and at the time of the conference we had no less than 78 of them in 34 countries on all continents of the world.
Date:
1 – 6 October B.E. 2521 (1978)
Venue:
Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
Theme:
Buddhist Contributions to the Future
At this conference practicing of having Declaration at the end of each WFB General Conference was followed from this Conference onwards.  Since many resolutions were remained unimplemented, no resolutions with that were of (1) political nature, (2) have difficulties of implementation, and (3) no providing funds to implement to the submitted project; could be proposed to the General Conference.
Date:
20 - 25 February B.E. 2519 (1976)
Venue:
Bangkok, Thailand
Theme:
Role of Buddhists in Present Day Society
The conference was to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the WFB. Princess Poon, the WFB President mentioned of the significant fact on the recognition given by the United Nations (UN) which was glad to cooperate with religions for the sake of peace desired by all.  The letter of this recognition was given to the WFB President on 25 October B.E. 2518 (1975) at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Date:
22 - 27 May B.E. 2515 (1972)
Venue:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme:
World Peace Through Buddhism
At this conference, it may be added that Dharmacakra had been accepted universally as the common seal of Buddhism by all the Buddhists of the world.  Remarkably, it was also informed at the conference that UNESCO had recognized WFB as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), having Category B Consultative Status with the Agency.  Moreover, the WFB as the parent organization, had held an inauguration ceremony of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (W.F.B.Y.) which was marked to be born in Sri Lanka and the 1st Buddhist Youth Conference was also convened.  From then on the W.F.B.Y. is an organization of youth wing under the WFB’s auspices.
Date:
13 – 20 April B.E. 2512 (1969)
Venue:
Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia
Theme:
Buddha Dhamma : A Way of Life
Noticeable feature of this conference was the resolution to have the permanent headquarters of the WFB in Thailand adopted at the General Council on 4 November B.E. 2509 (1966) that permanent headquarters of the WFB be located in Thailand for the more efficient working of the World Fellowship of Buddhists and the greater control and safety of its assets and records.
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