4th OECD World Forum — 16 to 19 OCTOBER 2012, New Delhi

«Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy Making»

Introduction

For almost a decade the OECD has led the international reflection on the measurement of well-being and progress, principally through three world fora held in Palermo, Italy in 2004, Istanbul, Turkey in 2007 and Busan, Korea in 2009. These events have helped to develop a shared sense of common purpose and direction among the many agencies active in developing more relevant statistics on well-being and progress.

On 16-19 October 2012, the OECD will organise, jointly with the Government of India, the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy under the theme “Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy Making”. Building on the Better Life Initiative, the main objectives of the Forum are to further the discussions on the different aspects that make for a good life today and in the future in different countries of the world and to promote the development and use of new measures of well-being for effective and accountable policy-making. Thus, an important expected outcome of the Forum is to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

The Forum agenda is being designed to reflect the conclusions of four regional conferences on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies that the OECD has organised in association with the OECD Development Centre, PARIS21 and regional actors. Four of these events, for Latin-America (held in Mexico City), for Asia-Pacific (held in Tokyo), Africa (held in Rabat) and Europe (held in Paris) took place in May 2011, December 2011, April 2012 and June 2012 respectively.

The four-day Forum will gather around 1,000 participants from all over the world, including policy-makers as well as representatives from international organisations, national statistical offices, government agencies, academia and civil society. It will include a combination of keynote speeches, round tables, and themed sessions on material conditions; quality of life; gender, minorities & life course perspectives; and sustainability. Each themed session will be organised around parallel sub-themed sessions involving speakers from different horizons.»

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