G7 leaders must act so development targets for the next 15 years provide a clear, ambitious and effective vision.


Bjorn Lomborg

G7 must sharpen development priorities

This weekend’s G7 conference in Germany is one of the last opportunities to improve the use of $2.5bn in aid over the next 15 years. In The Telegraph, Lomborg calls on the G7 to prioritize a smart list of 19 development targets that will achieve the most social, economic and environmental benefits.

Smart development choices

In his new column for Project Syndicate, Lomborg analyzes some of the proposed targets in more detail, describing why curbing malnutrition, infectious diseases and coral reef losses were found by Post-2015 Consensus to be phenomenal investments. His article is available in nine languages and has been published around the world, including the World Economic Forum, in Hospodářské noviny (Czech Republic) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).
An article on the findings by Lomborg with Nobel Laureate economists Finn Kydland and Thomas Schelling, as well as Nancy Stokey (University of Chicago), was published in The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Al Ahram (Egypt), L'Express (France), El Universal (Venezuela), Los Tiempos (Bolivia) and Het Financieele Dagblad (Netherlands).

Listening to scientists, not just when it suits us 

Climate change is real and happening, it is safe to eat GMOs and food grown with pesticides and, of course, you should get your child vaccinated, says Lomborg in Canada's National Post.
Prompted by a recent Pew survey showing that the public is sometimes very selective with scientific evidence, Lomborg writes that we should not just listen to scientists when it suits our preferences.

Discussing development in Latin America and Africa

Bjorn Lomborg recently met with local politicians, journalists and students in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, and discussed development targets.

Excelsior TV in Mexico featured a long report on the Post-2015 Consensus (in Spanish), and multiple news outlets such as VEJA (Brazil) and The New Age (South Africa) wrote articles on the project. In Colombia, El Espectador and Semana Sostensible featured interviews on development priorities.

African youths outline their development priorities

During visits to Latin America and Africa, Bjorn Lomborg lectured at universities and hosted Post-2015 Youth Forums, asking students about their development priorities. The students' rankings will be shared with the United Nations in New York to help the ambassadors make better choices, as Lomborg describes in Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper.

Adding facts to a toxic Australian debate

In two articles for Wall Street Journal and Australian Financial Review, as well as an interview with the public affairs show 7.30 on ABC television, Bjorn Lomborg sets the record straight on misinformed claims and allegations from climate campaigners who opposed the new Australia Consensus Centre.

Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus Center remain enthusiastic about working with Australians of all political stripes and top academics, and to building a research center that will improve global efforts on aid and development. Even if it's considered inconvenient by some, the research will continue to go where the economic evidence leads.

Germany's failed energy and climate policies

Germany's newspaper of record Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a full-page feature by Bjorn Lomborg on Germany's energy and climate policies, which cost incredible amounts of money but do little good for the climate. Germany's 100 billion euros in solar subsidies will delay global warming by a mere 37 hours towards the end of the century. Instead of focusing on lavish subsidies, Germany and other industrial states should commit at the Paris climate summit later this year to ramp up investments in green R&D to make renewables cheaper.

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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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