Happiness should have greater role in development policy | UN Member States

The UN General Assembly called on United Nations Member States to undertake steps that give more importance to happiness and well-being in determining how to achieve and measure social and economic development.

In a resolution adopted without a vote, the Assembly invited countries “to pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.”

The resolution said “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and embodies the spirit of the globally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

via Happiness should have greater role in development policy – UN Member States.

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2 thoughts on “Happiness should have greater role in development policy | UN Member States

  1. Interesting news! Just tweeted about it! So is the next step the upgrading of the “pursuit of happiness” as a basic human right?
    Why not?
    I rather like the idea! It would at least make people think twice before they embark on the wrong development policies…

  2. Sorry, the comment was posted under the wrong name…in the sense the I use Claude Nougat on Internet (my pen name)

    So I’ll just finish the idea: I really like the concept of “pursuit of happiness” as setting boundaries to what can be done and what should not be done in coming to people’s aid, whether in emergency situations or in longer-term development activities…

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