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After decades of research into human happiness, it is time to turn evidence into action for human wellbeing. But governments and city-builders need pragmatic strategies and examples for inspiration.

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions launched the Global Happiness Policy Report to survey and share best practice policies drawn from the research literature and government experiences around the globe. The Global Happiness Council (GHC) is a global network of leading specialists in happiness and key practitioners in areas ranging from psychology, economics, urban planning, civil society, business and government.

As a member of the Happy Cities sub-council, we worked with a small team of collaborators to formulate the report’s chapter focussing on cities. Read the report here.

This report provides evidence and policy advice to participating governments on best practices to promote happiness and wellbeing. The work of the Council will be complementary to the World Happiness Reports and other research on the measurement and explanation of happiness.