Wellness & Government Initiative

This Initiative was active from 2015 to 2018.

Initiative Co-Chairs: 
Renee Moorefield, PhD, CEO, Wisdom Works, United States
Guillaume Lefevre, President and Co-Founder, THÉMAÉ, France

Silvia Garcia Barnechea, Cultural & Global Marketing Leader, United States
Gerard Bodeker, PhD, Chair, Global Initiative For Traditional Systems of Health, Oxford UK; & Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
Tomonori Maruyama, Chief Research Consultant/Manager, Research & Consulting Team, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd., Japan
Alejandro Ortiz, Ambassador, Global Wellness Day, Mexico



Articles & Reports

World Inequality Report 2018 
The objective of the World Inequality Report 2018 is to contribute to a more informed global democratic debate on economic inequality by bringing the latest and most complete data to the public discussion. Economic inequality is widespread and to some extent inevitable; the World Inequality Report provides an avenue to properly monitor and address rising inequality to help prevent it from leading to various sorts of political, economic, and social catastrophes.

New Zealand’s Health and Independence Report 2017
In May 2018, the New Zealand Government announced the world’s first measures of success combining the nation’s wellbeing alongside financial measures. The Health and Independence Report 2017 was published by the New Zealand Ministry of Health to provide a clear baseline for the state of the nation’s health from which progress will be assessed. The report references Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori philosophy towards health based on a holistic model of health and wellbeing, acknowledging the role of social determinants and environmental factors in sustaining both good and poor health.

The Mindful UK Report
The Mindful UK Report, the first policy document of its kind, seeks to address mental health concerns in the areas of education, health, the workplace and the criminal justice system through the application of mindfulness interventions.

Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit
World’s first global ministerial mental health summit—a global meeting to help countries work together to deal with stigma and confront other issues to do with mental ill health.

How Costa Rica Gets it Right
As part of the Wellbeing Alliance, Costa Rica is implementing ideas, highlighted by the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, for constructing better welfare metrics that promote democracy, sustainability, and inclusive growth.

World Happiness Report
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

Inclusive Development Index
The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP. It has 3 pillars; growth and development; inclusion and; intergenerational equity – sustainable stewardship of natural and financial resources. The IDI is a project of the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on the Future of Economic Progress, which aims to inform and enable sustained and inclusive economic progress through deepened public-private cooperation through thought leadership and analysis, strategic dialogue and concrete cooperation, including by accelerating social impact through corporate action.

Global Happiness Policy Report
The Global Happiness Policy Report is produced by the Global Happiness Council (GHC) and contains papers by expert working groups on happiness for good governance. This report provides evidence and policy recommendations on best practices to promote happiness and well-being.

Well-being Metrics Standard for Ethical Artificial Intelligence
For autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) to demonstrably advance the well-being of humanity, there needs to be concise and useful indicators to measure those advancements. The IEEE P7010TM Standard Working Group, Well-being Metrics Standard for Ethical Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, was created with the belief that A/IS should prioritize human well-being as an outcome in all system designs, using the best available and widely accepted well-being metrics as their reference point.

Handbook of Well-Being
Noba Scholar

Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations on Measuring Sustainable Development
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on Children’s use of digital media and mental health

A Compelling Case for Working A lot Less

A global coalition for the fight against heart disease and stroke
The World Heart Federation (WHF) is bringing together a global coalition of international, regional, and national stakeholders in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) to drive the urgent action needed to combat heart disease and stroke.

Mental Health, Well-being and Disability: A New Global Priority, 2015
United Nations University, United Nations, World Bank Group, The University of Tokyo KOMEX

GOV.UK Publications
A springboard to UK-based government policy documents, workplace recommendations, and toolkits and frameworks to enhance and support mental wellbeing.

Prevention and management of dementia: a priority for public health
By The Lancet

Population health and regional variations of disease burden in Japan, 1990–2015: a systematic subnational analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015
By The Lancet

Environmental Health in Emerging Markets
By Green Templeton College, Oxford

Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities
By Pascale Mantoura and Val Morrison, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy

UAE sets up World Happiness Council
By GulfNews.com

Minister of Wellness: Crafting the Role
By Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works, Global Wellness Institute Chair, Wellness at Work & CoChair, Wellness & Government

Interviews with Governmental Representatives

Interviews reflecting wellbeing leadership at a governmental level: concrete wellness initiatives are already taking place in different countries around the world. We are delighted to present examples and strong inspirations.

    Interviewed by Tomonori Maruyama, September 2016
    Mr. Yoshihide Esaki, Director, Healthcare Service Industries Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
    Theme: The creation of a next generation healthcare industry – towards a lifelong active society
    Watch Interview HERE
    Ms. Naoko Nakajima Director, Hot Spring Conservation and Use Promotion Office, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
    Theme: Spas as a resource for health, tourism, and revitalization
    Watch Interview HERE
    Interviewed by Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD,
    May 2016 Mr. H.E. Mr Jigmi Thinley, former Prime Minister
    Watch Interview HERE
    Interviewed by Renee Moorefield, PhD,
    July 2016 Mr. Serge Dedina, Mayor, Imperial Beach, California
    Watch Interview HERE
    Interviewed by Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD
    Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor, Columbia University and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development to the Secretary General of the United Nations
    Watch Interview HERE
    Interviewed by Renee Moorefield, PhD
    Dr. Jan Emmanuel De Neve, Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy, Saïd Business School & Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
    Watch Interview HERE
    Interviewed by Renee Moorefield, PhD
    Alejandro Ortiz Carbajal, Key Wellness Leader of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
    Watch Interview HERE

The Global Wellness Institute serves as an umbrella organization for numerous Initiatives, that are independently chaired and run. The resources, editorial, research and opinions presented by the Initiatives do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Global Wellness Institute.