The United Nationsâ€™ decision on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is fast approaching. Rwandan Youths, newspapers around the world, and our Nobel Laureate Expert Panel have examined the outcome of 100+ peer-reviewed papers from some of the world's top economists evaluating the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of more than 100 targets for the development agenda.
The Expert Panel found that focusing on just 19 key targets would quadruple the amount of good achieved than if we tried to do all 169 sustainable development targets. Some targets would achieve vastly more good than others. We cannot do everything at once, so we should prioritize the areas where we know we can achieve the most good.
Rwandan youth agree - as reported in The New Times 115 Rwandan youth considered the research at forums in Kigali, and found that nine targets are the most important for the world to embrace first. These are:
"I learned a lot from this forum and I also loved the whole experience. One of the crucial things I learnt in my opinion is that the youth are fully responsible for their country development; itâ€™s them that influence development through the priorities they focus on." said DJALIA UWIMANA ALICE, pharmacy student Mount Kenya University Kigali Campus. The Kigali Youth Forum was part of a global series, with meetings held across Africa, Latin America and Asia, reaching thousands of young people.
We are sharing photos and The New Times article on the four Kigali youth forums with the hope that you will take one minute to listen to the message of young people from Rwanda. What are your priorities for the Post-2015 development agenda? How can we help you spread the message, so clearly put by Rwandan youth, that effective development depends on the UN prioritizing the smartest targets post 2015? Sincerely, Bjorn Lomborg PhD and Adjunct Professor President of Copenhagen Consensus Center