Instead of promising everything to everyone, governments should focus on choosing smart development goals.


Bjorn Lomborg

Paint a bull’s eye on the 19 smartest Post-2015 targets

Convened by the Copenhagen Consensus Center, Nobel Laureate economists Finn Kydland and Thomas Schelling, together with University of Chicago professor Nancy Stokey, have prioritised the 19 best value-for-money targets for the world to focus on over the next 15 years.

Together with Bjorn Lomborg, they write in the world's biggest English-language newspaper Times of India, The East African, China Daily, Bergens Tidende (Norway) and many Latin American newspapers such as Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Milenio (Mexico) and El Universo (Ecuador), that their prioritized list can help the UN to make its choices like a savvy shopper with limited funds. Choosing the smartest development targets would multiply the benefits to people around the world up to four times.

Measurable goals for a stronger Earth

Earth Day is a noble idea, to ensure we cherish and improve our environment. But we have to make sure we are not just engaging in symbolism and feel-good gestures. Lomborg writes in USA Today that we have to focus on the most important environmental issues that deliver most benefits per dollar, not just the ones that get the most attention.

Partnership with BRAC
- the world largest NGO

The Copenhagen Consensus is proud to work with BRAC's Research and Evaluation Division as a collaborative partner on the Bangladesh Priorities project.

In the coming 13 months we'll use the Copenhagen Consensus methodology to to identify, analyze and prioritize interventions that will deliver greater benefit per taka spent, helping move Bangladesh towards Vision 2021 and a more prosperous long term future.

"Boosting Australia's academic firepower"

The establishment of Copenhagen Consensus sister organization; the Australia Consensus Centre has been widely debated in Australia. Contrary to what i.e. The Guardian reports, the Centre is not working on climate change research, but will help frame the debate on aid, Australian prosperity, agriculture and regional issues and focus on smart, long-term priorities.

Nevertheless the Vice Chancellor found himself in an impossible position when the Centre was used
as a political football, and had to leave the project that would have put the University of Western Australia at the forefront of global research efforts to improve the use of aid spending.

Dr. Lomborg remains committed to building Australia Consensus into a world-leading research centre. The Australian describes him as "a highly qualified, original thinker with a flair for evidenced-based research", and expects the new Centre to boost "Australia’s academic firepower".

The right health investments

Despite great progress in healthcare, much of the world is still blighted by preventable disease, with the poorest people suffering the most. Last year, about 3.6 million people died from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. The good news is that tackling these diseases turns out to be an extraordinary good investment.
Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate is available in five languages and got published around the world, e.g. in Korea Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, New Vision (Uganda), Die Welt (Germany) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).

The environmental danger to women and children

The world’s greatest environmental threat disproportionately harms women and children, particularly in the developing world; Indoor air pollution kills about 4.3 million people each year. In the Women in the World section at New York Times, Lomborg looks at the smartest ways to tackle this problem as well as other development issues that are particularly consequential for women.

The Associated Press took a closer look at the under-reported issue of people breathing polluted air inside their homes, and the Post-2015 research on air pollution. The article was published around the world, e.g. in New York Times, Washington Post, Dawn (Pakistan) and News24 (South Africa).

Stop subsidizing fossil fuels

Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies was identified by the Copenhagen Consensus' Nobel Laureate expert panel as one of the 19 smartest global targets for the next 15 years.

The world spends $548 billion subsidizing fossil fuels, mostly in developing countries. Lomborg writes in Canada's newspaper of record Globe and Mail and Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) that cutting fossil fuel subsidies will help developing countries and will free up much needed resources for health, nutrition and education.

Discussing smart goals with Harvard students and finance ministers

Bjorn Lomborg recently discussed the findings of the Post-2015 Consensus at Skoll World Forum and Harvard University, where he gave a lecture entitled "The Smartest Targets for the World." He also talked to Harvard's "Effective Altruism" students and the annual Harvard Ministerial Forum for Finance Ministers which brings together 15 serving finance ministers from Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.

Lomborg then travelled to Latin America, where he discussed the best global targets for the next 15 years with different stakeholders including the Colombian president.

New book: The Smartest Targets For The World

In this new book Bjorn Lomborg summarizes the peer-reviewed research by 82 top economists, who have evaluated more than 100 proposed targets for the Post-2015 agenda, in terms of social value-for-money.

An Expert Panel including two Nobel Laureates recommends 19 targets that represent the best value-for-money in development between 2016 and 2030, offering benefits equivalent to quadrupling global aid.

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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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