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World Happiness Report 2023

Syllabus- International Organisations [GS Paper-2]

Context- The World Happiness Report 2023, compiled by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks nations in terms of happiness.

About World Happiness Report

  • As a part of the celebration of the International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report has been released each year on March 20. This tradition began in 2012.
  • Based on survey results from people in over 150 countries, the report ranks global happiness.
  • The report ranked 136 nations this year.
  • The positioning purposes six vital variables to gauge bliss — social help, pay, wellbeing, opportunity, liberality, and nonappearance of defilement.
  • In addition to ranking the nations, the report examines the global situation in 2023.

What about the performance of the countries?

  • Performers of Note:
      • Denmark comes in second place, followed by Iceland in third, making Finland the happiest nation for the sixth year in a row.
      • This year, Lithuania (ranked 20th), a newcomer, joins the ranks in contrast to previous years, when the same nations typically made it into the top 20.
  • Negative Performers:
      • The most unhappy country was Afghanistan, followed by Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Lebanon.
  • India’s Progress:
    • India is one of the world’s least happy countries because it ranks 125th out of 136 countries.
    • Out of 146 nations, India ranked 136th in 2022.
    • It even lingers behind its adjoining countries like Nepal, China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SSDN)

  • Under the direction of the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN SDSN was established in 2012.
  • Through education, research, policy analysis, and international cooperation, SDSN encourages integrated approaches to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
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