Sustainable Development

What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development

School children react to the camera through the window of their classroom in a school in Thimphu September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk (BHUTAN - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY)FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE SEE: GM1E74D1J0N01 - GM1E69M1PQ902

Bhutan uses 'Gross National Happiness' to measure human development rather than GDP. Image: REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk

Achim Steiner
Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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