As part of the 6th Global Media Forum, held in Bonn from 17 – 19 June 2013, UNU-IHDP together with UNU‐WIDER and GIZ conducted a workshop entitled “Beyond GDP: Inclusive Measures of Economic Progress”. IHDP Executive Director Prof. Anantha Duraiappah and Academic Officer Dr. Pablo Muñoz were among the panelists who gathered at the World Conference Center’s plenary chamber to discuss the need to shift from a focus on economic growth to one on economic progress. The panel was structured around three topics: 1) the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) – a new measure of a nation’s wealth that accounts for natural, human, and produced capital, 2) inclusive growth research and 3) the economics of land degradation.
CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias and Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in their keynote addresses at the 2013 Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity acknowledged the Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) as an innovative and convincing approach to measuring economic progress beyond GDP.
Professor Anantha Duraiappah and Dr. Pablo Muñoz co-authored a paper on inclusive wealth as a framework for sustainable development recently published as a commentary article in the June issue of Environment and Development Economics.