This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends that such indicators should cover, for example, health, education, social welfare, state of the environment and the economy.
The Human Development Index (HDI), published annually by the UN, ranks nations according to their citizens' quality of life rather than strictly by a nation's traditional economic figures. The criteria for calculating rankings include life expectancy, adult literacy, school enrollment, educational attainment, and per capita GDP.
Friends of the Earth in Norway conducted a survey in 1993 on what Norwegians regarded as indicators of high quality of life. In decreasing order of importance, the first five indicators were: high quality interpersonal relationships; good health; access to healthy nature; access and availability of meaningful work; and having enough goods and services.
In 1998, the Labour government in the UK initiated a "quality of life barometer." It is available interactively online on the Internet. This is a set of indicators to measure quality of life, not based on conventional indicators such as GDP or economic growth, but on things like air pollution levels, quality of the built environment, housing standards, the state of the countryside, numbers of songbirds (as an indicator of the environment) etc.