Conference on measuring progress

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24 Jun 2007

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is organising a substantial conference in Istanbul this coming week on “measuring and fostering the progress of societies”. It is an important step in a trend to move away from economic indicators such as GDP as measures of progress towards well-being indicators (see, for example, posts of 4 April and 31 May). Among the many subjects being discussed are happiness (Richard Layard will be there), what constitutes progress, biodiversity, climate change, governance and global cities. The conference is being organised in co-operation with the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations and the World Bank. It follows on from an earlier conference in Palermo in 2004. A large amount of useful information, including background papers, (PDF) is available at the OECD website.