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4th OECD World Forum in Delhi next week

K. R. Srivats New Delhi | Updated on October 12, 2012 Published on October 12, 2012

T.C.A. Anant   -  THE HINDU

Meet to focus on measuring well-being for policy-making





Over 1,000 policymakers from across the world, representatives from national statistical offices, academia and civil society are converging in New Delhi from October 16-19 for the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy.

This is the first major OECD forum hosted by India. It would focus on the theme ‘Measuring well-being for development and policy-making’, T.C.A. Anant, Chief Statistician of India, told Business Line here.

An important expected outcome of this forum, being jointly organised by OECD and the Indian Statistics Ministry, is to contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

The meet will deliberate on the use of new measures of well-being for effective and accountable policy making.

UN agencies, such as UNDP, will also be represented at the Forum. Some of the discussions will feed into the work of the UN system, Anant said, and added that people would bring out their approaches in different areas, and it was not only about measurement.

Although gross domestic product growth remains an important variable to measure economic dynamics and wealth in a society, it is now widely recognised that other indicators are necessary to explain the full picture about progress.

Through the three World Fora held in Palermo, Italy in 2004, Istanbul, Turkey in 2007 and Busan, Korea in 2009, the OECD has sought to develop a sense of common purpose and direction among the many agencies active in developing more relevant statistics on well-being and progress.

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Published on October 12, 2012
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