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Adjusting policies by taking account of well-being indicators

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Brussels, urged governments to “adjust their policies through well-being indicators”. The resolution adopted today, based on the report by Alexander, Earl of Dundee (United Kingdom, EC), specifies that these indicators concern access to decent work, housing and public services, use of skills, environmental impact, physical and mental health, educational attainment, social status and freedom and human rights.

The adopted text states that in order to develop these tools for measuring well-being, governments can draw on the work of the OECD on measuring progress and the Better Life Index, the recommendations of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress, and the World Bank’s Human Opportunity Index.