THE H-20 or “HAPPY 20”

Much like the G20 focuses on growth economics, the H-20 examines wellbeing economics. Social and cultural values differ among countries and within countries. Growth and GDP focus often disconnect policy from citizen aspirations. Science demonstrates the linkage between citizen perceived happiness and satisfaction in government performance.

Invited government leaders, economists, academics, activists, and researchers discuss wellbeing policy. Attendees share societal and national wellbeing policy challenges and good practices.

The H-20 focuses on “Smart Prosperity:”

+ Smart prosperity driven by policy simplification and the latest science
+ Smart social investment practices for lasting national peace and social cohesion
+ Smart economic returns from wellbeing and happiness policy

+ Smart orchestration of health, employment, education, and inclusion policy

H-20 2019

Apply for an H-20 Invitation


The H-20 Summit explores public policy innovation aligned with national priorities. Lisbon, named “Felicitas Julia” by the Romans, welcomes the Summit. Co-hosted by Universidade de Lisboa, the third annual H-20 welcomes attendees from over 40 countries. This largest and most prestigious university in Portugal provides peace and policy innovation through a UNESCO chair. The “UNESCO Chair on Education for Global Peace Sustainability addresses peace from the point of view of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Human Rights and Public Happiness.”

H-20 2019 Highlights

+ Global policy lessons learned
+ Updates from the World Happiness Report
+ Roundtable discussions with policy thought leaders

Chairman's Message

As Chairman of the WOHASU® Advisory Board, I am proud to announce the third edition of the H-20 Government Meeting, an exciting project and business endeavor for which I have a great passion and deep commitment. I’ve spent decades working on international development helping governments around the world leverage good practices in resource management. But, I must say, I am quite inspired and moved by what we have created with the H-20 and World Happiness Summit®.

My work at FreeBalance has brought new perspective to the concepts of good governance and how transparency and accountability can help build nations. We have also seen the impact of strong, meaningful relationships by building value over time and creating “customers for life.” These beliefs have helped ensure that corporate social responsibility is the foundation of our company and an important contributor to our success.

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H-20 2018 Recap

H-20 2018 was held at Miami-Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in America, with more than 165,000 students. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Lord Richard Layard, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Dr. Alejandro Adler, and Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky shared policy insights for:

+ Sustainable Development
+ Health Policy
+ Positive Psychology
+ Effective Leadership
+ Community Inclusion


Invitation Only

Government policy practitioners, budget planners, sustainable development and governance thought leaders apply for an H-20 invitation below.