Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    13 / 3   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Bhutan PM visits UN, talks economic well-being, happiness

(Xinhua)

08:12, March 31, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Bhutan's Prime Minster Jigmi Y. Thinley on Thursday visited the UN headquarters in New York to promote a holistic approach to achieving economic development goals for the upcoming Rio+20 Summit, which is to be held in Brazil in June.

A high-level meeting on well-being and happiness: defining a new economic paradigm, will be held at the UN on April 2, when governmental, non-governmental, and religious leaders alike, will gather to discuss the methods set forth by the Bhutanese government in obtaining gross national happiness (GNH).

The assessment of GNH was designed in 1972 in an attempt to define an indicator that measures quality of life or social progress in more holistic and psychological terms than only the economic indicator of gross domestic product (GDP).

"Happiness is not just for Bhutan, it is for everyone," said the prime minister to reporters at a press conference here. "I think the world is ready, it would be too irresponsible for anyone to not even consider it."

The model toward social economic and environmental happiness is one that has been pursued by the Bhutanese government since the 1970s. The model plan seeks to integrate sustainable and equitable socio-economic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion and good governance.

During the last few years, Bhutan has grown economically with this model -- since 2007, the country has seen a 22.4 percent growth in its economy.

【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:王莉莉)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. View military budget increase objectively

  2. Buddhism cultural relic in Xi’an

  3. Female martial arts teacher in Wuhan

  4. S. Korea, U.S. carry out live-fire drills

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. A hard-earned, favorable turn for Syria issue
  2. BRICS mulls joint bank
  3. How far away are we from nuclear terrorism?
  4. Benefits, not values, define BRICS unity
  5. China slams Japan's move over Diaoyu Islands
  6. More efforts needed for enhancing nuclear security
  7. Chinese solar companies to fight US tariffs
  8. South China Sea mapping underway
  9. Safer world, safer energy
  10. Keep talking, Hu urges

What's happening in China

About 70 students sickened from SW China food poisoning incident

  1. Failure rate of China's flat-panel TVs hits 14.5%
  2. Ratio of male, female shows consecutive falls
  3. Hainan to ban low-altitude flights for Boao Forum
  4. Strong winds sweep through Xinjiang
  5. Central Chinese city to build second 'Motor Town'

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai