What’s happening with the Wellbeing Economy Governments?
The Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo) group now consists of five key governments: Scotland, Finland, Iceland, Wales and New Zealand. There has been such momentum from the WEGo partnership – other governments are following their lead. Below are a few updates of some of the exciting advancements in this space.
- Canada included a wellbeing/quality of life framework in their 2021 budget which you can see here. They have just had an election, so watch this space for any more momentum a refreshed government may bring.
- Norway has just announced a new wellbeing strategy. They also have a new government- but the strategy predates it. More here
- ZERO, a Portuguese based member, hosted an event a few months ago with speakers from the OECD, Scotland’s chief economist and Katherine Trebeck putting collective wellbeing into policymaking. You can watch the video here:
- The European Environment Bureau and Oxfam Germany have recently launched a paper about the Wellbeing Economy agenda..
- The Club of Rome recently launched a paper about reframing economics toward wellbeing.
- The European Commission has been debating the agenda
- There was demand for a wellbeing economy in the UK through petition to Westminster (which received almost 70k signatures!)
- The University of Glasgow recently hired Dr. Gerry McCartney as the Professor of Wellbeing Economy.
- Katherine Trebeck wrote a great piece for the Scotsman about a new oil field off the coast of Scotland.
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