Happiness is more than "individual contentment" says UN chief

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A video message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is played at last year’s special event on "Young People in Support of Climate Action" on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, 20 March, 2015. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Improving the level of happiness around the world means a lot more than just "individual contentment."

That's the heart of the message coming from UN chief Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Happiness, celebrated with a smile on Sunday.

Carmen Cuesta Roca has more.

The UN is focussing this year's international day on how taking action to mitigate harmful climate change can make for a happier planet.

The Secretary-General said that celebrating on Sunday was a "global chance to assert that peace, well-being and joy deserve primacy."

Rather than focussing on personal happiness, this was a chance, he added, to appreciate the value of "collective responsibility" embodied by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

"By advancing progress towards the interlinked" goals, he said, "we can help spread happiness and secure peace."

On Friday the UN teamed up with the popular Angry Birds mobile phone game characters, who "famously lack good cheer" in Mr Ban's words, to raise awareness about the importance of climate action.

Carmen Cuesta Roca, United Nations.

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