For A Happier Future
Members of the International Expert Working Group recently met in Thimphu to work on the New Development Paradigm. The program has been developed to gauge and enhance human happiness and the well-being of all life forms. The meeting, attended by 40 international experts, discussed the major domains that constitute the NDP. Members identified the possible dimensions to the NDP programs against major components of the old development paradigm. The provisional dimensions come under four capitals namely natural, social, human, and built capital. Included within these four capitals are 9 domains of GNH and 33 indicators.
According to the Secretariat for NDP, the mission is to change the world and show the path that leads to happiness. NDP was launched in 2011, when over sixty countries joined Bhutan to co-sponsor a UN resolution titled ‘Happiness: Towards a Holistic Approach to Development.’ Since then, Bhutan has actively taken part in increasing its happiness levels and the NDP project hopes to appeal to scholars, policy makers and common people alike.
The Nepalese team behind the NDP project hopes to make it attractive to all classes of society and to outside cultures as well. Furthermore, the members have taken into consideration the cultural construction of happiness and have made it flexible enough for other cultures to adopt.