Dubai (IINA) � Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed that the world today is in desperate need to adopt a new approach to achieve human happiness, based on cooperation and the integration of efforts, through identifying commonality and by searching for points of agreement to strengthen positive values.
This came during his announcement of establishing the first World Happiness Council, in coincidence with the global celebration of the International Day of Happiness on March 20 every year, to send a positive message from the United Arab Emirates to the world, WAM reported.
"The increased challenges, and the acceleration of international transformations and changes, require decision makers to adopt policies and approaches that open the windows of hope to people, and perhaps the United Nations celebration of the International Day of Happiness will be transformed into a message to the world to search for new ways to achieve goodness for people," Sheikh Mohammed noted.
"The UAE, under the leadership of my brother, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, believes that the role of governments is to achieve happiness for their people, by enabling them to choose the tools and means and by providing an environment that accommodates the hopes, ambitions and dreams of the people, which supports them in their search for what makes them happy, because we are aware that the role of governments will be deeper and more effective when the achievement of happiness becomes a higher goal, he added.
"Happiness is a good contagion, and we want the peoples of the world to be affected by it, to enjoy its goodness. This requires a tangible change in the culture of government work."
"We want an actual translation of the goals of international organizations that all share a general goal, represented in strengthening positivity, and maintaining a more sustainable world, and achieving goodness for the human," he continued.
The UAE official went on to say that "our initiative in launching the World Happiness Council comes from our values and convictions, with the necessity of achieving happiness for the people so they can enjoy goodness, and for the positive values to spread among them, as our country was based on the principles of goodness, happiness, development, building, and positive openness for civilizations, cultures and peoples. It succeeded in making happiness and positivity a lifestyle and a social culture, and we want to share the continuing efforts to make the world a better place with the international community."
The World Happiness Council will be headed by Jeffrey D. Sachs, professor of sustainable development. The Council comprises 12 other members including international scientists and experts. It will launch annual global happiness report during the World Government Summit.
The council will receive an administrative support from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and will convene twice each year. The first meeting will be held during the Global Dialogue for Happiness as part of the World Government Summit, while the second will be held during the meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Six sub-councils will fall under the umbrella of the World Happiness Council, namely: the Council of Happiness and Health, to be chaired by Professor Lord Richard Layard; the Council of Happiness and Education, to be chaired by Professor Martin Seligman; the Council of Personal Happiness, to be chaired by Professor Edward Diener; the Council of Happiness in Work Environment, to be chaired by Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve; the Council of Happiness Measurement, to be chaired by Martine Durand; and the Council of Happy cities, to be chaired by Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr.
Source: international Islamic News Agency