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Northern Ireland to emulate Bhutan’s GNH philosophy

In a bid to emulate Bhutan’s governing philosophy of Gross National Happiness, Northern Ireland’s Carnegie UK Trust has released a report that focuses on the finding that development should be GNH-driven, and parties should be committed to putting wellbeing at the heart of Stormont. The pledge from DUP Finance Minister Simon Hamilton and Sinn Fein finance committee chairman Daithi McKay comes as Carnegie publishes Measuring Wellbeing In Northern Ireland: A New Conversation For New Times. Produced with The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, the report says wellbeing should be a part of the Programme for Government. It argues that the current focus on GDP (gross domestic product) as the sole measure of social progress ignores the well being of the population as a factor for social progress. Bhutan is said to be the only country in the world, which measures GNH. The term “Gross National Happiness” was coined by the Fourth King in 1974.