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Advocacy for fewer smarter targets

There is still much awareness building work to be done in order to ensure the United Nations decides an ambitious albeit concise list of smart targets for the world. That is why Bjorn Lomborg traveled around the world to brief aid agencies, policy advisers, experts and key stake holders; as well as the general public and university students, on the benefits of the Post-2015 Consensus expert panel’s 19 smartest targets for the world. Throughout the course of March, April and May, Bjorn visited a total of 13 countries. Follow the link for a list of highlights of meetings, lectures and talks.

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Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Bjorn Lomborg. The article entitled “Promises to Keep Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus project and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate.

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Lomborg on Gates Notes

Bjorn Lomborg is featured in two videos on Gates Notes. In the pieces, Lomborg addresses the issue of energy poverty and argues that the world's poor need better access to cheap fuels, including fossil fuels. Gates states that "...we should be investing dramatically more money in R&D to make fossil fuels cleaner and make clean energy cheaper than any fossil fuel."

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A new way to solve global problems

How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World? A Scorecard from 1900 - 2050 is the new book edited by Bjorn Lomborg and featuring research from some of the world's top economists. The new volume compares ten global problems on a comparative scale, calculating GDP losses for issues such as air pollution, malnutrition, gender inequality, and more.

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Cool it

Cool It is a groundbreaking book that transforms the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns. Rather than starting with the most radical procedures, Lomborg argues that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring and maintaining a safe, fresh water supply-which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime. He asks why the debate over climate change has stifled rational dialogue and killed meaningful dissent.

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3 Aug2015

These are the four SDGs we need to agree on to help the planet

Published by The Guardian

In contrast to the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals include a large number of environmental targets. Bjorn Lomborg explains in The Guardian which are among the best: Cutting indoor air pollution, halving coral reef loss, taxing pollution damage from energy and phasing out fossil fuel...

22 Jul2015

The Best Ways to Fight Extreme Poverty

Published by Project Syndicate

In 1950, people in South Korea and Pakistan earned roughly the same amount of money annually. Today, the two countries are scarcely comparable. South Korean’s per capita income has grown 23-fold since then, while Pakistan has experienced only a three-fold increase. How we can help more of the world...

22 Jun2015

What Pope Francis should do to really help the poor

Published by USA Today

Pope Francis’s much-vaunted Encyclical is rightly concerned with helping the world’s poorest. Climate change will have a bigger impact on poorer people. But the real question is which policies and investments would make the biggest difference for the most vulnerable.

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About Bjorn

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to help the world. He is one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century according to Esquire magazine, and one of the 50 people who could save the planet according to the UK Guardian. Lomborg has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers

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Promises to Keep - Crafting Better Development Goals

The November/December 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs features a 9 page article by Bjorn Lomborg. The article entitled “Promises to Keep Crafting Better Development Goals”, highlights the work of the Post-2015 Consensus project and the valuable knowledge the project is injecting into the post-2015 debate. Click at the link below to read the entire article on Foreign Affairs.

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Lomborg presents to the Open Working Group at the UN

Bjorn Lomborg presented at the Sixth Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations on 13 December 2013. He addressed the need for smart targets in the setting of the Post-2015 development goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals. Watch the entire video at the link below. Dr. Lomborg's address begins at 20 minutes.

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Lomborg at Gates Notes

Bjorn Lomborg is featured in two videos on Gates Notes, the blog of Bill Gates. In these pieces, Lomborg addresses the issue of energy poverty and argues that the world's poor need better access to cheap fuels, including fossil fuels. Gates states that "...we should be investing dramatically more money in R&D to make fossil fuels cleaner and make clean energy cheaper than any fossil fuel." Find the videos and commentary from Bill Gates at the link below.

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