For A Hap­pier Fu­ture

Southasia - - 15 -

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.

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