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Bjorn Lomborg

The global development agenda needs an overhaul

The incoming US Ambassador to the United Nations has the opportunity to bring order to the confusion on international development by calling on all nations to prioritize the most powerful targets. When the UN set its development agenda in 2015, it ratified a completely unmanageable list of 169 targets, and it has become clear that there is only a fraction of the money needed to fund this wish-list. 

In Boston Globe, Lomborg argues that America's new UN ambassador could lead the world by example and focus on the most cost-effective solutions, identified by a panel of Nobel laureate economists for Copenhagen Consensus. Focusing on the 19 most powerful targets could achieve the same as quadrupling global aid spending.

Lomborg published a similar article in which he argued for prioritization of the Global Goals in newspapers across Latin America, including Milenio (Mexico), El Comercio (Peru), La Prensa (Nicaragua) and El Universo (Ecuador).

The World Bank needs to change course

The World Bank does a lot of important and effective work, especially in health and education, but its climate policies are poorly considered. The Bank’s new president David Malpass should refocus the institution on its core mission of eradicating poverty – including the energy poverty that wrecks so many lives.


Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate six languages. The article was published by global media outlets including The Australian, El Tiempo (Colombia), Channel News Asia (Singapore), La Nacion (Costa Rica), The Daily Star (Lebanon), My Republica (Nepal), New Times (Rwanda) and Jornal de Negocios (Portugal).

Finding the best policies for Ghana's future

During a recent visit to Ghana, Bjorn Lomborg met the team from the country's leading newspaper The Daily Graphic to discuss the Copenhagen Consensus Center's newest major project, Ghana Priorities.

Lomborg underscored the need for Ghana to change the national conversation to push for smart policies for accelerated growth.

Over the next year - in cooperation with politicians, academics and economists - Ghana Priorities will analyze the most impactful policies for the country’s well-being.

Findings of the project will be shared with the public through communication channels including articles in The Daily Graphic and interviews with the popular Citi FM radio station, where Lomborg appeared on the show of prominent media personality Bernard Avle.

Engaging Ghana's decision-makers about prioritization

While in Accra, Lomborg held a well attended lecture at City Hall for academics and policy advisors as well as international donors.

During the week-long visit he discussed Ghana Priorities with key stakeholders, most notably the Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta (pictured above), the Minister for Planning George Gyan-Baffour and the former Ministers for Finance Kwesi Botchwey (pictured below) and Seth Terkper, all of whom endorsed a more data-driven policy discussion and gave the project their support.

The solution to climate change is innovation

In a feature article for Denmark's newspaper of record, Jyllands-Posten, Bjorn Lomborg analyzes why the world still fails to make significant carbon cuts despite all the grandiose rhetoric we hear from political leaders.

Instead of making more on bombastic promises, leaders should focus on comparatively modest investments into green energy R&D. By improving today’s technologies rather than subsidizing inefficient turbines and solar panels, and by exploring fusion, fission, water splitting, and more technologies, we might be able to solve climate change once and for all.

Prioritizing the Bangladeshi one-stop rural shop

More than 80 countries have introduced one-stop shops—one-door or single-window service delivery outlets, community or citizen information and service centres, e-government web portals—to reduce corruption by simplifying public service delivery processes and making them citizen-friendly.

New research evidence for Bangladesh Priorities by the Copenhagen Consensus and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) indicates that Bangladesh could also benefit from enhancing its rural service centers. 

Hasanuzzaman from Copenhagen Consensus points out in The Daily Star that for each and every taka spent, Union Digital Centres that serve rural citizens are generating a double return to society through the delivery of three key services: online birth registration, exam registration and the social safety net program.

Lomborg on social media:

Where does almost all renewable energy come from?

Inequality depends on intergenerational mobility

Without vaccine, hundreds of children die in Madagascar measles

Ethanol and biomass are no longer viewed as "green"

Climate and climate policy cost across 21st century

You can’t make the sun shine more regularly or the wind blow more reliably

More global articles and interviews:

„Der Klimawandel bedeutet nicht das Ende der Welt“
Capital (Germany)

Globale Erwärmung – eine überhitzte Debatte
Der Standard (Austria)

El cambio climático: problema real pero no el único
Perfil (Argentina)

Až moc horko kolem globálního oteplování
Finmag (Czech Republic)

Dajmy priorytet zapobieganiu przemocy domowej
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Jak sobie radzić ze skrajnymi wydarzeniami pogodowymi?
Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

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 works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was named Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine, in US International Affairs. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of think tanks.

Lomborg is a 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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