In my last e-mail, I shared with you the extensive Latin American media coverage of the Post-2015 Consensus Expert Panelâ€™s findings - showing that by prioritizing 19 development targets, four times as much good will be achieved as if we tried to do everything. This week, I am sharing some of the coverage from Africa.
Our Global Youth Forums have given more than one thousand young people across Africa the opportunity to say which development targets they would prioritize, and so news agencies have recently published the results of Youth Forums held in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda.
The attention afforded by this coverage is important, as it focuses minds on the need to prioritize the targets in the lead-up to the September Post-2015 negotiations at the UN. Over 18 months, Copenhagen Consensus Center has published 100+ peer-reviewed analyses from 82 of the worldâ€™s top economists and 44 sector experts, including many UN agencies and NGOs.I was interviewed by The Star of Kenya, and discussed the importance of prioritizing smart targets to do the most good.
I hope that you will find the time to consider these reports and present them to your government: by reducing the number of targets from 169 to 19 we would do four times as much good for the world over the next 15 years,
PhD and Adjunct Professor
President of Copenhagen Consensus Center
PS. The Post-2015 Consensus project brings together 60 teams of economists with NGOs, international agencies and businesses to identify the targets with the greatest benefit-to-cost ratio for the UN's post-2015 development goals. If you have questions about the project, reply to this email.