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Develop index to reflect happiness rank, countries urged

Dawn Gibson
Friday, March 21, 2014

YESTERDAY may just have been the happiest day of the year considering millions around the world celebrated International Day of Happiness.

International Day of Happiness has been observed on March 20 each year since it was established by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

And here in Fiji, UN bodies continue to preach that encouraging happier people and general wellbeing are key components of development.

"Today, the world is realising that development and economic growth must also be sustainable — and so having an index that measures happiness also focuses our attention on the importance of sustainability and the future we all want for ourselves and future generations," explained UN resident co-ordinator Osnat Lubrani.

Ms Lubrani said the development of the Human Development Index (HDI) back in 1990 was important to inform policies within countries.

"It is a good thing for countries to have an index that helps to reflect on where they rank on the happiness index," she said.

"Such reflection can inform policy action that can contribute in various important ways."

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