United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on happiness. It said happiness was critical in advancing economic growth and social progress, Xinhua reported.
Calling the "pursuit of happiness" a "fundamental human goal," the resolution recognised that it was a universal goal in the spirit of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The resolution called on a "balanced approach" to economic growth that can lead to sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of the planet.
It also invited the world body to "pursue the elaboration of additional measures that better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding public policies".
Lhatu Wangchuk, Bhutan's ambassador to the UN, whose country was a co-sponsor of the resolution, said it was "inspired by the belief that we need to begin discussing a topic whose moment has come, at the UN".
He said Bhutan has offered to convene a panel discussion on the theme of happiness and well-being at the next session of the General Assembly to be held in September.