Laundry list of aspirations from the UN tries to please everyone, yet will do much less for the most vulnerable 


Bjorn Lomborg

Global Leaders Miss Chance of a Lifetime

150+ global leaders met in New York to adopt the UN's 169 Global Goals. But world leaders are missing a generational opportunity by not prioritizing. They could use the just 19 targets identified by the Copenhagen Consensus Nobel laureate panel. Read this in TIMEEconomic Times (India), El Comercio (Peru) and La Tercera (Chile).

In New York, at the General Assembly, Bjorn Lomborg shared live updates with more than ten newspapers, and met with dozens of reporters.
Between briefing delegates on the Copenhagen Consensus findings, he wrote that the 169 targets were not the best way to help the global poor - read this in the Daily Nation (Kenya), The Sun (Malaysia) and El Universo (Ecuador). And he described the voices not heard at the United Nations, and asked what would benefit them the most - read this in Daily News Egypt, El Espectador (Colombia), Excelsior (Mexico) and El Universal (Venezuela). 

In interviews from the UN, including with Norway's business paper Dagens Næringsliv and Los Angeles Times, Lomborg reaffirmed "I'm afraid we are wasting a generational opportunity here."

Trade-Offs for Global Do-Gooders

In The Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg examines what the Global Goals get right -- and wrong. Includes a quiz where readers can test which investments are the smartest.

In his column for Project Syndicateavailable in five languages and published around the world, including in outlets like Philippine Daily Inquirer and Tyzden (Slovakia), Lomborg argues that the Global Goals should have been cut back. "The day after the UN conference, when leaders return home and recognize that they cannot work on 169 grand targets simultaneously, they will choose a smaller number on which to focus."

Further articles prior to the General Assembly were published in e.g. Listin Diario (Dominican Republic), Der Tagesspiegel (Germany), Berlingske (Denmark), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden).

How to Solve the Problem of Hidden Hunger

In front of 400 participants, Bjorn Lomborg gave a well-received keynote speech at the first global summit on food fortification, "Future Fortified", in Arusha, Tanzania, hosted by the African Union, Gates Foundation, UNICEF, USAID, World Food Programme and others. He presented Copenhagen Consensus research showing tackling malnutrition is one of the single smartest investments that can be made.

Pope's Prescription Not What the World’s Poor Need

The Pope's US tour created headlines. He declared an urgent need to respond to climate change to “protect the vulnerable in our world.” But that's not what the world's poorest ask for. The world's worst-off are much more worried about education, health and nutrition, and much better helped directly rather than via climate aid. Also in Latin American newspapers, e.g. El Espectador (Colombia) and Milenio (Mexico).

UK Commitment to Climate Aid Is Immoral

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced £5.8 billion will be diverted from development aid to the International Climate Fund.
Bjorn Lomborg writes in The Telegraph that there is something profoundly iniquitous about looking at the needs of the world’s poor and hungry -- and then giving them a solar panel.

Tackling Domestic Violence Pays Dividends

The Australian government's decision to step up its fight against the scourge of domestic violence does not just make moral sense: it is underpinned by a sound economic case too. Violence stops women from fulfilling their potential and undermines a country's overall performance, costing the world $6.3 trillion every year. If Australia's new policies reduced domestic violence by only 1 per cent – which would seem highly conservative – the benefits would outweigh the costs four to one, as Lomborg writes in The Age.

What Youths Could Teach World Leaders

In Huffington Post, Bjorn Lomborg outlines the results of 60 youth forums held in 21 countries, where we asked young people what they would prioritize. Their lists were broadly similar to the Nobel Laureate panel.

In Uganda’s leading newspaper The Monitor, Bjorn Lomborg points out that young people in Uganda believe that international donors should prioritize spending on reducing child malnutrition.

Recommended links:

"The U.N. should have picked fewer and more targeted goals"
New York Times

Prioritise UN goals to reach relevant targets
Business Day (South Africa)

Kenya to focus on 5 sustainable development goals at UN summit
The Star (Kenya)

UN should focus on smart spending
Bangkok Post (Thailand)

Childhood Nutrition -- Start to a Virtuous Circle
Huffington Post

Reducing deaths from non-communicable diseases
The Sun (Malaysia)

U.N. climate plan won’t work?
Varney & Co (FOX Business)

"Keiner wird zurückgelassen"
Badische Zeitung (Germany)

Warum 169 gut gemeinte Ziele zu viele sind
Weser Kurier (Germany)

¿Qué tan realistas son los Objetivos de Desarrollo que marcarán la agenda para el mundo?
El Espectador (Colombia)

Desarrollo para las nuevas generaciones
La Nacion (Costa Rica)

Inversiones inteligentes para el medio ambiente
Listin Diario (Dominican Republic)

O desenvolvimento da próxima geração
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Blog for Berlingske (Denmark)

Ubæredygtige udviklingsmål

Hver fjerde globale bistandskrone går til klima

Et grønt Apollo-program

Klima: tør vi lytte til kritikken?

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and regularly works with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates. 
His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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