Juche Idea and World Conference

A world conference on the Juche idea is to be held in Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in April 2012.

The Juche idea, which was authored by Kim Il Sung, founding father of socialist Korea, and has been enriched by Kim Jong Il, supreme leader of the DPRK, is a revolutionary idea which gives a scientific analysis that man occupies the position of master of the world and plays a decisive role in remolding it, and based on it, elucidates the road for the masses of the people, the motive force of history, to carve out their destiny on their own efforts.

Kim Il Sung, who set out on the road of struggle for the country and the people in his teens in the mid-1920s when Korea was under the military occupation of Japan, authored the Juche idea while groping for the road ahead of the Korean revolution. And he thoroughly applied it in the whole course of the protracted revolution. Under the banner of the idea, the Korean people became the full-fledged master of an independent and sovereign state, and have built a socialist state which is independent, self-supporting and self-reliant in defense.

As Kim Jong Il has developed the Juche idea in depth and systematized it through his energetic ideological and theoretical activities, the Juche idea has become the guiding idea of the Korean revolution and the cause of global independence. As it was guided by the idea, socialist Korea was able to adhere to the banner of socialism in the grimmest adversity brought about by the intense moves of the imperialist forces to stifle socialism, and is now carrying on successfully the building of a prosperous and powerful socialist country. Despite the high-handedness and arbitrariness of the imperialists and dominationists led by the United States that boasts itself as the world’s “only superpower,” the cause of global independence is advancing steadily.

The world’s attention to and sympathy with the Juche idea, whose veracity and vitality have been proved century after century, are increasing day by day.

In fact, the world has long sympathized with the Juche idea.

The study and dissemination of the Juche idea conducted by the individual figures at the outset gradually began to assume an organized character. Since the first group for the study of Kim Il Sung’s works was formed by the teachers and students of a high school of education in Mali in April 1969, a large number of study groups of the Juche idea have been organized. A national organization for the study of the Juche idea was inaugurated in Lebanon in April 1977, and since then study and dissemination of the Juche idea have been conducted on the national level in various countries.

Meanwhile, the activity assumed an international character. The international seminar on the Juche idea held in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, in September 1976 acknowledged the need to form an international academic research organ with a view to developing the effort to study, disseminating and applying the Juche idea. In reflection of the unanimous desire of the participants for forming an international institute of the Juche idea, the international seminar on the Juche idea held in Pyongyang in 1977 organized a committee for founding an international institute, and preparations for its inauguration were made full steam.  Thus, the International Institute of the Juche Idea, an international organization for the study of the Juche idea, was established in April 1978.

It was followed by the forming of continental organizations: the Asian Regional Institute of the Juche Idea was inaugurated in September 1980, the African Regional Committee for the Study of the Juche Idea in April 1985, and the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juche Idea in October 1985. The Latin-American Institute of the Juche Idea had already been formed in February 1978.

The International Institute of the Juche Idea has now four continental organizations and 27 national committees with 1,000 study groups, forming a well-knit system pyramidal in type.

Supported by this organizational system, seminars on the Juche idea are held in a lively way.

In the 1980s, world-scale seminars were held in New Delhi, Lisbon, Vienna, Athens and Pyongyang; regional seminars were held on 13 occasions and national seminars on 100 occasions in 36 countries. In 1990s with socialism being collapsed in several East European countries, international seminars were held on two occasions, joint seminars, including scores of national seminars, on over 200 occasions, and group seminars and various kinds of rallies on more than 2,900 occasions in various countries throughout the world.

In 2000 alone, more than 300 seminars were held in over 40 countries. In 2002 the World Conference on the Cause of Independence in the 21st Century was held in a grand style in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. In 2001, too, seminars were held by groups, nations and regions. In March 2011, the national seminar held in Bangladesh proposed holding a world conference on the Juche idea in 2012. This proposal met hearty response from organizations and groups for the study of the Juche idea in many parts of the world.

The Board of Directors of the International Institute of the Juche Idea held the 13th Enlarged Meeting of the Executive Committee and decided to convene the World Conference on the Juche Idea in Pyongyang, the capital city of the DPRK, the motherland of the Juche idea, on the occasion of the Day of the Sun (April 15) in 2012, the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994).

The convening of the World Conference on the Juche Idea-through this fact alone, one can realize once again how influential the Juche idea is and how great are President Kim Il Sung, author of the idea, and Kim Jong Il, successor to the former’s cause.

The cause of global independence will win victory after victory under the banner of the Juche idea.