Upcoming ‘New Economics and Happiness/Well-being’ meetings and conferences Reply

In line with the growing worldwide debate about economic growth in relation to human well-being and happiness, there are many events relating to this topic that are to be held this spring/early summer. We list here some of the major upcoming meetings and conferences to be held in the next three months. Please contact us if you think there are any important events missing in our list that should be added.

April 2012

“African Conference on Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies,” 19-21 April 2012, Rabat, Morocco; meeting in preparation for the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policies (New Delhi October 2012), organised by the OECD Development Centre and the Moroccan High Planning Commission (HCP) in collaboration with the OECD, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), http://www.oecd.org/

May 2012

“Global Green Growth Summit 2012,” 10-11 May 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea; the meeting is hosted by The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Government of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the meeting will convene top economic and environmental policymakers and experts to discuss the concrete ways in which international cooperation can be strengthened to support countries that pursue green growth and green economy strategies, http://www.gggi.org/event/

“International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas,” 13-19 May 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; drawing from previous degrowth conferences in Paris and Barcelona in 2008 and 2010, respectively, the Montreal conference will focus on the particular situations and dynamic of the Americas in terms of Degrowth, http://montreal.degrowth.org/

June 2012

“Well-being and the Pursuit of Happiness,” 1 June 2012, Vermont, US; the Second Conference on GNH will focus on how we can measure well-being and use those indicators to help shape policy in state and local government and in organizations, it will also explore how to work with communities to further the pursuit of happiness based on what has been learnt from Vermont and National Surveys, http://www.gnhusa.org/

“Strategies for a New Economy,” 8-10 June 2012, Bard College’s main Campus, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, US; convened by the New Economics Institute, the conference will gather together what are often diverse and scattered efforts to reshape our economic system, place them under one tent, and raise the flag to announce that transitioning to a new economy will mean engaging politicians, researchers, media, educators, citizen activists, business leaders, financial experts, scientists, union workers, cultural leaders, advocates for the disenfranchised, and youth — all working together to achieve a common goal, the conference will focus on 10 theme areas: Banking and Financing, Measuring Well Being, Messaging, Responsive Government, Local Economies, Ownership and Work, Production and Consumption, Sharing the Commons, Transforming Money, and Visioning and Modelling, http://neweconomicsinstitute.org/conference

“The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development” (UNCSD, or ‘Earth Summit 2012’, or ‘Rio+20’), 20-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection — the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources. The Rio+20 conference will focus on two themes: 1. Green Economy in the Context of Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development, and 2. Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development; there will be also numerous side events, exhibitions, presentations, fairs and announcements in connection with the conference, http://www.uncsd2012.org

“European Conference on Measuring Well-being and Fostering the Progress of Societies,” 26-28 June 2012, Paris, France; undertaken as part of the European Framework for Measuring Progress e-Frame EU FP7 project and organised by the OECD, the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in collaboration with Eurostat and the European Statistical System, it will focus on recent activities in the field of measuring progress and well-being in the European context and it is the last in a series of regional events being conducted in preparation for the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, to be held in New Delhi on 16-19 October 2012, http://www.oecd.org/


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