Board Member United Nations International Day of Happiness

is March 20th, every yearforever. Founded in 2012, the United Nations created the International Day of Happiness through adopting UN Resolution 66/281 in order to achieve two goals:

1. TO ESTABLISH A SET OF PRINCIPLES

for addressing the complex, interrelated challenges faced by humankind in the ultimate quest to achieve happiness.

2. TO PROMOTE, PRESERVE, AND CELEBRATE

the principles outlined in UN Resolutions 65/309 and 66/281, especially that happiness is a universal human right and goal.

 

Happiness is a fundamental right and goal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

The International Day of Happiness was founded on June 28th, 2012 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted UN resolution 66/281 “The International Day of Happiness” (read resolution here).

On April 2, 2012, the United Nations held the first ever High-Level Meeting on Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. At the First High-Level Meeting, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said, “We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. together they define gross global happiness.”

The mandate of the 2017 International Day of Happiness Board of Directors is to promote and advance the principles, articles, and values of UN resolutions 65/309 and 66/281 with particular emphasis on Article 2 of UN 66/281 which states:

[The General Assembly] Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising activities;

At the first High-Level Meeting on Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm held at United Nations Headquarters on April 2, 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “We need a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. together they define gross global happiness.”

Luis Gallardo serves on the International Day of Happiness Board of Directors with representatives of the leadership of the epistemic community working to advance the international happiness movement.