Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm
Report of the Kingdom of Bhutan
This report marks a milestone in Butan’s involvement in the worldwide endeavour to define a new global development agenda. After initiating the General Assembly Resolution titled Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development in July 2011, that was adopted by consensus, Bhutan hosted a High-Level Meeting on Wellbeing and Happiness at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in April, 2012.
That meeting, attended by more than 800 governmental, international, scholarly, business, religious and civil society leaders in turn requested the Kingdom of Bhutan to convene an expert working group to frame a new development paradigm. In July 2012, with reference to Bhutan’s own experience of pursuing a holistic, sustainable and inclusive development process aimed at promoting human happiness, His Majesty the King of Bhutan established the Steering Committee for the New Development Paradigm and an International Expert Working Group to undertake that task. This report draws from many contributions made by that multi-disciplinary expert group as well as the Steering Committee.
The time has never been more opportune to re-orient the goal of development towards genuine human happiness and the wellbeing of all life. There is a growing global consensus on the need and urgency for such a holistic new model. WE have the knowledge, means and capacity to chart this new path, and nations and communities worldwide are already blazing the trail.
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