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November 22, 2013

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"PIBien be" joint Opinion Economic and Social Council - Higher Council for Sustainable Development

"PIBien be" joint Opinion Economic and Social Council - Higher Council for Sustainable Development

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MM. Gary Kneip, President of the ESC, Francis Schartz, Chairman of the CSDD, Serge Allegrezza, Chairman of the Working Committee "PIBien be" ESC and André Roeltgen, Vice-President of the ESC, presented the work that led to this review a common tool for measuring the well-being of the population.

The referral letter of 23 April 2010, the Prime Minister has reported that "The Government has decided to consult the Economic and Social Council (ESC) and the Higher Council for Sustainable Development (CSDD) to develop and propose a system of indicators of well-being measuring the progress of society as a long-term and beyond traditional indicators such as GDP per capita. Economic and Social Council and the Higher Council for Sustainable Development are invited to produce a joint opinion and can rely on the expertise of the Centre for Competitiveness and use databases STATEC. "

The ESC and the CSDD decided on a common working method and included the division of the OECD and of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi, which distinguishes the current well-being of future welfare, which adds the notion of sustainability to the notion of well-being. The role of the two institutions in the measurement of well-being has been arranged according to these criteria, and to make an effective division of labor, it was mutually agreed that the ESC is more concerned about the current well-being, through a selection of a set of indicators from a "household" and the axis CSDD his thoughts on the future well-being (sustainability).

The objective is to define the structure and content of a system of indicators to get an overview of living in Luxembourg and be part of a broader international movement on a new way of measure well-being.

Extensive consultation with civil society, in the form of lectures and workshops on the theme "Reform of GDP", "Quality of Life" and "Durablilité" provided an opportunity for citizens, scientists and representatives associations to share their concerns about the quality of life and their societal expectations. The proposals made and lessons learned at the end of this consultation were subsequently taken into account in the system of indicators adopted by the two institutions.

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