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Wellbeing around the world

Angel Gurría

Angel GurríaSecretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD

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

The OECD aims to help governments design better policies for better lives. Over the past ten 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.

Around the world, a consensus is growing about the need for a more holistic and transparent way to measure societal progress – one that accounts for more than just economic indicators such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and takes into account the full range of social, health, environmental and economic concerns of citizens. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) Network is viewed as a global pioneer in developing a holistic, integrated approach to measuring wellbeing. Because of this position of leadership, we are often invited to partner with experts in other countries and participate in international initiatives.

The CIW Network has been working with the OECD on their Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies for the past several years. Our CIW Advisory Board Co-Chair, The Honourable Roy J. Romanow, participated in the OECD Second World Forum in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2007. The Forum, attracted 1,200 participants from 130 countries and focused on the subject of Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies. The CIW signed the Istanbul Declaration (PDF) which affirmed commitment to measuring and fostering the progress of societies in all dimensions, with the ultimate goal of improving policy making, democracy and citizens’ wellbeing. Mr. Romanow addressed the Fourth World Forum on Measuring Well-being for Development and Policy Making held in New Delhi, India in October 2012.