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Public Lecture: Bhutan and its Gross National Happiness

Mr Jigmi Y. Thinley, the 1st democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan will deliver a public lecture as part of the Sustainable Integrated Cities International Conference. The former PM is internationally renowned for introducing Bhutan’s holistic development paradigm of Gross National Happiness (GNH) to the world in 1998 and for bringing happiness and wellbeing into the serious domain of international development discourse.

With the sponsorship of 68 countries, Mr. Thinley initiated the unanimously adopted UN resolution on happiness in 2011 and chaired the first UN High-Level Meeting on Happiness and Wellbeing in 2012. The first World Happiness Report followed as did the OECD Guidelines setting an international standard for the measurement of wellbeing. The 2013 report of the UN Secretary General entitled Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development advises that we need to “embrace the emphasis on human wellbeing and include the use of metrics that go beyond standard income measures, such as surveys of subjective wellbeing and happiness”.

Since the early 70s, Bhutan’s development has been guided by GNH which is based on the principle that development is a multidimensional transformative process demanding an integrated approach to all social, economic and ecological change. Thinley has repeatedly called for a transformation of society’s notion of wealth, its relationship with nature, a fundamental restructuring of our economies and promotion of a caring, inclusive and sustainable way of life. He has insisted that development must lead to human happiness, wellbeing of all life and the resilience and stability of natural life support systems. He continues to speak against the pursuit of infinite growth in a finite world.
Event details
Date Monday 4 December 2017
Time 5pm to 6pm Refreshments 6-7pm
Venue Elizabeth Jolly
Building 210, Room 101
Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley
RSVP Christine.finlay@curtin.edu.au
Early responses are appreciated.