11/10/2012 - Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012 to discuss how improving the ways we measure well-being can contribute to effective and accountable government policy.
A news briefing with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will be held at the OECD’s World Forum on Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy-Making at the Ashok Hotel and Convention Centre, New Delhi at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday 16 October.
All sessions of the World Forum will be open to the media, including a lunchtime seminar on the OECD’s Better Life Initiative at 12.00 noon on Thursday 18 October.
Other key speakers at the World Forum will include Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; India’s Minister of Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh; Vice-President of Costa Rica, Luis Lieberman; Chandran Nair of the Global Institute for Tomorrow ; Angus Deaton of Princeton University; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Lord Richard Layard, Well-Being Programme Director, London School of Economics, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission and T.C.A. Anant, India’s Chief Statistician.
The OECD’s World Forum aims to improve the production and dissemination of key social, economic and environmental indicators. It will build on projects such as the OECD Better Life Initiative and its internationally comparable well-being statistics as well as on national and international programmes of measuring progress. The sessions will cover a broad range of themes: from inequality to urban development; from empowering women to environmental sustainability. The Forum will also contribute to the global discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.
Organised in cooperation with India’s Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the New Delhi World Forum will make an important contribution to ongoing work by the OECD, other international organisations and national statistical agencies, to go “beyond GDP” (gross domestic product) as the main measure of progress and to look at the role that other key indicators can play in underpinning democracy and effective government policy-making. Previous world fora were held in Palermo, Italy in November 2004, Istanbul in June 2007 and Busan, Korea in October 2009.
Journalists can register for the Forum online at: http://www.oecdindia.in/registration.aspx.
Further information for journalists about the World Forum on Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy-Making is available at www.oecdindia.in or from the OECD Media Division (tel: + 33 1 4524 9700).