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GDP on the road to Rio+20: Involvement of civil society in the development of complementary indicators

Joint ECO - SDO Hearing Public Hearing - EESC, Room JDE 62 - 99, rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Two years after the release of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Report the issue of generally accepted indicators other than GDP to express the progress and the achievements of a given socio-political community has achieved a strong public interest dimension.

Moreover, in the first negotiation texts for the UN Conference of Sustainable Development - the so-called "zero draft" - limitations of GDP as a measure for well-being have been recognized.

To open up debate and to explore how to better involve stakeholders on this very technical but highly political issue, the EESC organizes a public hearing on Thursday 26 January, 10 days before its major civil society conference 'Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20'.

President Staffan Nilsson will open the event, followed by contributions from civil society representatives, researchers and policy makers. The hearing will provide valuable feedback and input towards an opinion that the EESC will adopt in the coming months. 

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