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Mohammed announces creation of first World Happiness Council

File Image: United Arab Emirates' Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the first day of the Government Summit at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

File Image: United Arab Emirates' Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the first day of the Government Summit at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

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DUBAI, 19th March, 2017 (WAM) -- Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has stressed that the world today is in desperate need to adopt a new approach to achieve human happiness, based on co-operation and the integration of efforts, through identifying commonality and by searching for points of agreement to strengthen positive values.

This statement came during His Highness’s announcement of the establishment of the first World Happiness Council, in time for the global celebration of International Happiness Day on 20th March every year, to send a positive message from the UAE to the world.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum noted, "The increased challenges, and the acceleration of international transformations and changes, requires decision makers to adopt policies and approaches that open the windows of hope to people, and perhaps the United Nations celebration of International Happiness Day will be transformed into a message to the world to search for new ways to achieve goodness for people." His Highness added, "The UAE, under the leadership of my brother, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, believes that the role of governments is to achieve happiness for their people, by enabling them to choose the tools and means and by providing an environment that accommodates the hopes, ambitions and dreams of the people, which supports them in their search for what makes them happy, because we are aware that the role of governments will be deeper and more effective when the achievement of happiness becomes a higher goal.

"Happiness is a good contagion, and we want the peoples of the world to be affected by it, to enjoy its goodness. This requires a tangible change in the culture of government work. We want an actual translation of the goals of international organisations that all share a general goal, represented in strengthening positivity, and maintaining a more sustainable world, and achieving goodness for the human," His Highness said.

His Highness also stressed that "our initiative in launching the World Happiness Council comes from our values and convictions, with the necessity of achieving happiness for the people so they can enjoy goodness, and for the positive values to spread among them, as our country was based on the principles of goodness, happiness, development, building, and positive openness for civilisations, cultures and peoples. It succeeded in making happiness and positivity a lifestyle and a social culture, and we want to share the continuing efforts to make the world a better place with the international community."

© Copyright Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2017.

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