Besides gaining interest from people living in Thailand and abroad, the project also received interest from an international organization. In March 2000, the project, under the operation of International Buddhist Society, was selected as one of UNESCO Culture of Peace and Non-violence projects.
In 2007, The Most Venerable Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Luang Phaw Dhammajayo) wished to spread the teaching of the Lord Buddha, which is a universal knowledge that everyone can learn and bring it into practice in everyone’s daily life regardless of race and religion, to those who are interested in the teaching of the Lord Buddha in every part of the world. The World Peace Ethics Contest (World-PEC) was then originated for the first time. The participants in the first contest included 60 races of people from 6 continents around the world. There were 147 test centers. The exam was offered in 5 languages: Thai, English, Laotian, Chinese, and Japanese. In the second contest which was held in 2008, there were 60 races of people living in 6 continents participating in the contest. The number of test centers increased to 334 centers. The exam was offered in 10 languages: Thai, English, Laotian, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Spain, Portuguese, and Arabic.