12 October 2011
OPHI Director Sabina Alkire attended the meeting organized by France and OECD titled “Two Years After the Stiglitx-Sen-Fitoussi Report: What Well-Being and Sustainability Measures?”
Dr. Alkire attended on behalf of the Government of Bhutan to speak about the country’s Gross National Happiness Index which measures wellbeing in the country. You can watch the session live at the following link: http://www.oecd.org/site/0,3407,en_21571361_48428993_1_1_1_1_1,00.html.
Two years ago, the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress presented its report to the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. The Commission recommended broadening the scope of traditional measures for economic performance to include measures of quality of life, inequalities and wellbeing, as well as better taking into account sustainability and environmental conditions. This conference takes that discussion forward, and focuses in part on the experiences of developing countries such as Bhutan, Colombia and Morocco in measuring wellbeing.