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Angel Gurría

Angel Gurría - Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 

We need to rethink how to place people's needs at the heart of policymaking.

Around the world, a consensus is growing about the need for a more holistic and transparent way to measure societal progress – one that takes into account the full range of social, health, environmental and economic concerns of citizens.

The CIW is viewed as a global pioneer in developing a holistic, integrated approach to measuring wellbeing. The CIW, while built on Canadian values, can serve as a guiding framework for other nations wanting to construct alternative measures of wellbeing. We are often invited to partner with experts in other countries and participate in international initiatives.

Explore what others are doing by visiting the right sidebar links to initiatives around the world.


"The OECD aims to help governments design better policies for better lives. Over the past several years, the OECD has been leading the debate on measuring well-being and progress. This debate benefits from the involvement of citizens, as well as researchers and policy makers. We strongly support the Canadian Index of Wellbeing as an innovative citizen oriented initiative that contributes positively to measuring what matters most to the Canadian people."

Angel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD