Press material related to the 2009 Commission Communication “GDP and Beyond” and the presentation event on Sep 8 is available here.
The Beyond GDP organisers sought to have the active participation of press members in the event, in order to help other participants understand the media's perspectives on measuring and reporting progress. Media coverage of the Beyond GDP conference was extensive, ranging from newswires (Reuters, IPS, Efe-ES, Belga, Dow Jones, AFP, Ansa and DPA) to dailies (La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung, Der Standard, Het Financieele Dagblad, De Telegraaf, DiarioEconomico, and De Standaard in Belgium). Coverage extended beyond Europe to India, China and the US. The conference was also extensively discussed in specialised media such as Ends Europe Daily, The Parliament Magazine, Euractiv and Forbes. Beyond GDP featured on a wide range of web sites, blogs and on Youtube. Finally, radio coverage included Radio France Internationale, and television coverage included EUX.TV, Kanaal Z and Euronews. To understand progress, true wealth and well-being we all need reliable and appropriate data, and we also need to communicate this information in effective and compelling ways.
Select coverage of the Beyond GDP Conference is presented below (ordered by date of appearance). Press Material distributed at the conference can also be downloaded below. Additional articles about the Beyond GDP Initiative and other related news can be found on the Recent News page.
Wir wollen Wohlstand! Fragt sich nur welchen, Der Standard, 28 Dec 2007
Goodbye PIB! Cafebabel, by Alessandra Scaffidi, 25 Nov 2007
GDP Poor Gauge of Well-Being, IPS, by David Cronin, 22 Nov 2007
La svolta dell’Europa: “Il Pil non dice tutto sulla qualita di vita”, Corriere della Sera, 20 Nov 2007
Cuando el PIB no refleja el bienestar de los ciudadanos, by Bernardo de Miguel, Cinco Dias, 20 Nov 2007
GDP 'outdated' as indicator of wellbeing, Euractiv, 20 Nov 2007
Bruxelas procura medir a felicidade e relega PIB para segundo plano, Diario Economico by Luis Rego, 20 Nov 2007
EU leads call to look beyond GDP, Chinaview: Editor: Yan Liang, 20 Nov 2007
There's More To Life Than GDP (But Not Much More), Eursoc 20 Nov 2007
EU arbeitet an neuen Wohlstandsindikatoren, Frankfurter Allgemeine FAZ.NET, 19 Nov 2007
Druk op milieu verdubbeld door economische groei, De Standard 19 Nov 2007
Economic growth measures should be widened-EU, Reuters. by Jeff Mason and Marcin Grajewski; Editing by Ron Askews, 2007
EU economies living beyond ecological means, Other News by WWF, 19 Nov 2007
Scorecards for Real National Progress, www.hazelhenderson.com, by Hazel Henderson, 19 Nov 2007
GDP no longer a good measure of well-being, TheParliament, 19 Nov 2007
Worldwide Support for True Wealth Measures: Three-Quarters Say Governments Should Look Beyond Economics and Measure Social and Environmental Progress, PR Newswire, 19 Nov 2007
Beyond GDP, which indicators measure progress?, EUX.TV, 9 Nov 2007
Beyond GDP: Measuring Real National Progress, IPSNEWS by Hazel Henderson, 7 Nov 2007
Beyond GDP and progress - The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income, Deccan Herald by Hazel Henderson, 6 Nov 2007
Seppellire il Pil: l'Europa ci prova, by Valerio Gualerzi, La Misura della Felicità, by Giorgio Ruffolo, La Repubblica, 4 Nov 2007
EU environment commissioner: World must move beyond GDP, The Parliament 30 Oct 2007
Going beyond GDP, Environment for Europeans, Sep 2007
Does money buy happiness? Can wellbeing be measured? Does growth equal progress? YOU TUBE, 19 Nov 2007
Beyond the GDP, European Commission, 15 Nov 2007
Beyond GDP lie alternative growth indicators, Euronews, 13 Nov 2007
Welcome letter by Stavros Dimas (Commissioner for Environment) [pdf, 103 KB].
Press Release by European Commission [pdf, 81 KB].
Questions and Answers on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [pdf, 97 KB].
Istanbul Declaration by the European Commission, the OECD, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the UN, the UNDP and the World Bank [pdf, 86 KB].
WWF press release: EU economies living beyond ecological means [pdf, 133 KB].
Complete press materials released on 19 November (12:00) are available in the Press Pack [zip file, 2MB].
Also, the Beyond GDP trailer explores the key issues behind the conference