Citizen Happiness and Sustainable development – Spain

Celebrating the International Day of Happiness,  the United Nations Association of Spain is organizing a seminar :

Citizen Happiness and Sustainable development
Date : March 20th 2014
Place : Sala Plato, Pati Manning
C/Montalegre, 7, Barcelona

Program (PDF)

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Gross Domestic Product in 1968 by Robert F. Kennedy

In a famous speech  in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy challenged Gross Domestic Product and talked about what it meant and more important, about what it didn’t mean.

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The first international Day of Happiness in the world

Extracts from the General Secretary’s message M. Ban Ki-moon : “the pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours. People around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature.

Yet, basic material well-being is still elusive for far too many living in extreme poverty. For many more, recurring socio-economic crises, violence and crime, environmental degradation and increasing threats of climate change are an ever-present threat.

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Symposium : Sustainable development in Oceania – towards a new ethics ?

Academics, researchers and development practitioners are invited to this international colloquium on the theme of sustainable development (SD) in New Caledonia and Oceania, which will be held from the 24th to 26th April 2013 at Koné,  in the Northern Province of New Caledonia. Several OIB members will also participate to the conference. 

Organized by AGORA-SHS NC, the Network of Social Sciences in New Caledonia, in collaboration with the Centre des Nouvelles Etudes sur le Pacifique (CNEP, University of New Caledonia-UNC) and the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the conference will aim to build up the reflections started around the concept of sustainable development and its implementation in Oceania.

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Paris Lawyers join the International Day of Happiness

OIB joins the Paris Bar Association for the celebration of the first International Day of Happiness for a conference on practice of law and happiness, at the Maison du Barreau in Paris on the 20th of March 2013. The conference will be followed by seven workshops on different subjects : success and happiness, stress management, neurosciences…

Bénédicte Bury, advocate at the Paris Bar and member of the Board of OIB and Jean-Christophe Barralis, co-founder of the French Institute of Appreciative Inquiry and member of OIB, will also give a talk.

The program of the event (in french)

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International Day of Happiness at the United Nations

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) will host a special event for the first International Day of Happiness, on the 20th of March, in association with the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the United Nations on the theme “Happiness and well-being : Essential for a sustainable future”.

This event will take place on 20 March 2013, from 1:15 – 2:30 at the UN Headquarters. It is open to all, but registration is required to attend. The event will also be available live on the web at

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Sète 2012 : a rich and successful experience

The second International Seminar on Happiness organized by OIB in Sète on the 14th and 15th of september 2012 was focused on sustainable development and happiness.

 Speakers with different expertise and from all over the world gathered together to share innovative approaches to development challenges : what is the rôle of international organizations in promoting global well-being ? What about global governance and participative democracy ? How to cope equally with environment, development and sustainability issues ? What are the tools required to achieve social peace and social happiness within a given legal framework ?

Advocates specialized in development issues or criminal law, philosophers, researchers on the evolution on international organizations, social workers, members of Human rights League discussed together and over all, listened to each other, in order to create cross knowledge.

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