IHDP's symposium succeeded in garnering much needed attention to the topic of Beyond GDP and received wide international media coverage. Over 70 articles were published across 15 countries, including an Op-Ed co-authored by IHDP's Executive Director, Anantha Duraiappah.

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have confirmed humans as the principal driver of climate change, while the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment indicates the same for biodiversity and ecosystem services loss. New research has also begun to show how people often value non-material wealth as highly, if not more so than monetary wealth. Moreover, as countries become developed, there are diminishing returns to quality of life from economic output – indeed, the relationship becomes increasingly contentious and questionable. Growing inequality within and across nations is now becoming a centrifugal force for social tension and conflict, not only in developing countries, but also in developed ones, where calls for a more equal society are growing. 

The urgent need to provide a platform for dialogue and brain-storming has inspired IHDP and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), in partnership with the Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the Sime Darby Foundation, to join forces in organizing the upcoming symposium entitled Beyond GDP: Transitioning into Sustainability.

On May 19, 2014, a high-level, public symposium, entitled 'Beyond GDP: Transitioning into Sustainability', was held in Kuala Lumpur.  The special event shared the message of Beyond GDP: Traditional economic indicators are limited in their efforts to measure social progress, as well as fail to indicate both well-being as a whole and its sustainability.

IHDP's symposium succeeded in garnering much needed attention to the topic of Beyond GDP and received wide international media coverage. Over 70 articles were published across 15 countries, including an Op-Ed co-authored by IHDP's Executive Director, Anantha Duraiappah.

A selection of articles published in English can be found below. Email us for a full list of articles.