World Happiness Report

Since 2017, the Ernesto Illy Foundation is a partner and supporter of the World Happiness Report, the happiness report compiled and published annually by SDSN www.unsdsn.org,under the guidance of Jeffrey Sachs.

The World Happiness Report 2021 and 2022, in addition to the usual Gallup survey that gives rise to the ranking of the happiest countries in the world, has developed a focus on the consequences of the pandemic in relation to the world welfare, evaluating its impacts from many points of view.

The 10-year anniversary of WHR was celebrated in 2022. It was indeed a special edition in which all the authors dedicated an article in honor of the anniversary and its meaning. The chapters are dedicated to: welfare linked to the pandemic (part II), global trend on the welfare theme, biology of welfare, big data and social media, balance & harmony related to different intercultural concepts of happiness. The report was presented online on March 18th, 2022 and live in Italy in June during the Parma Green Week.

The project Science and Ethics for Happiness was launched with UN-SDSN in collaboration with Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences to promote a fertile discussion between members of the Academic world, religious and spiritual leaders, policy makers,  private and public institutions on the focal theme of Global Happiness and individual and collective well-being.

The core of the participants held a meeting for the kick-off, useful for defining the topics to be explored in every meeting, at the Pontifical Academy in the Vatican City on November 4th and 5th 2019, under the guidance of Professor Jeffrey Sachs (President of UN-SDSN and advisor for the United Nations and for the Vatican City on the topic of sustainability and happiness), Professor Stefano Zamagni (President of the Pontifical Academy) and Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (Director of the Pontifical Academy).

Every meeting has a specific focus, a series of guests are added at the original core that produce a series of considerations presented to the General Secretary of the United Nations and to the Pope through an executive summary by Sachs, Zamagni e Sorondo in order to encourage the global dialogue on the treated topics.

The only in-person event of 2020 was held during Regeneration 20|30 (Parma, October 15th-16th, 2020. Aside from the kick-off meeting and the October 2020 meeting, other four virtual meeting took place.

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