BANGKOK, 28 May 2012 – Thailand has announced its readiness to host the World Blind Union and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (WBU-ICEVI) joint meeting in November 2012.
Deputy Bangkok Governor Taya Teepsuwan, on Sunday, presided over the launch of the “Happy Smile Blind Event”, held by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in collaboration with the Thai Association of the Blind (TAB). The activity saw a group of blind volunteers gathering near the Grand Palace to form a yellow smiling face wearing black sunglasses, which showed Thailand’s readiness to host the joint meeting of the World Blind Union 8th General Assembly and the meeting of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment at the end of this year.
The yellow smiling face wearing black sunglasses in front of the Grand Palace symbolizes the sharing of smiles from blind people in Thailand for the world.
The “Happy Smile Blind Event” also marks the 60th anniversary of the royally-composed song “Yim Soo” (Smiles) which was graciously granted as moral support for the blind people in Thailand by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1952.
The WBU-ICEVI 2012 will be held during 8-18 November at the Imperial Queens Park Hotel in Bangkok, with over 2,000 blind delegates from 190 countries across the world expected to participate in the event.