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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 subsidies.

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’s poorest countries emulate South Korea’s success is one of the most important questions facing the world today. Better economic outcomes mean empowering entire populations with better health, more education, longer life, and less vulnerability to challenges like natural disasters.

22 Jul2015

Bjorn Lomborg and the List That Could Save the World

Published by OZY

“There is a reason why Moses came down Mount Sinai with Ten Commandments” and not 169, Bjorn Lomborg tells digital magazine OZY for their feature on the SDGs and the Post-2015 Consensus. He points out that 169 targets are impossible to remember, let alone to implement, and the world would do much better to focus on the 19 targets the Copenhagen Consensus Center's Nobel laureate economists prioritized.

17 Jul2015

Fewer, effective development goals will help India much more

Published by Hindustan Times

Over the last 15 years, India has experienced large strides in its development, not the least urged by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015. Impressively, India has reached the target of halving the proportion of people in poverty in 2011-12, well ahead of this year’s deadline. From almost half of all Indians below $1.25 per day in 1994, more than three in four are now above the poverty line. (...) The article was also published in Hindi language in Hindustan Dainik .

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.

19 Jun2015

Pope Francis so right and so wrong in encyclical on climate change

Published by Herald Sun

The Pope derides those who have “blind faith” in technological advances as a solution to climate change. Instead, his encyclical declares that the world must stop consuming so much. That, he says, will help the poor people who stand to be affected most by global warming. That is troubling, because technical innovation is exactly what we need more of. Humanity’s answer to huge levels of famine wasn’t to insist we should eat less. The Green Revolution, one of the great achievements of the past century, saw scientific and technological advances dramatically increase the productivity of food —...

19 Jun2015

Wasting Food in a Hungry World

Published by Project Syndicate

One-quarter of all the food in the world is lost each year, owing to inefficient harvesting, inadequate storage, and wastage in the kitchen. Halve that waste, and the world could feed an extra billion people – and make hunger yesterday’s problem. The extent of food loss is particularly galling in view of a new global study on food security from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. According to the FAO, 57 developing countries have failed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people by this year. One in every nine people on the planet...

17 Jun2015

Opinion Journal: Bang for the Development Buck

Published by Wall Street Journal

Copenhagen Consensus Center Director Bjorn Lomborg explains how the United Nations can set rational goals for its next antipoverty agenda.

17 Jun2015

What Pope Francis should do to really help the poor

Published by USA Today

Pope Francis's concern for the poor is clear, so it is understandable that climate change is the topic of his forthcoming Encyclical — a Papal letter that is sent out to the world. Climate change will hit the most destitute people first and worst. But the Pope after his letter is officially published, he should tread carefully. The climate policies of today will do little for the poor.

3 Jun2015

Fed up with UK aid being frittered away? Here are 19 things it should really be spent on...

Published by The Telegraph

David Cameron will meet fellow world leaders at the G7 conference in Germany. There he has an opportunity to quadruple the reach of British and global aid without spending an extra penny. To do so, he must convince the G7 – representing the biggest global donors – to get serious about focusing on the smartest ways to spend aid money. In short, he needs to persuade them that the United Nations’ unwieldy list of 169 proposed “Sustainable Development Goals” needs to be slashed to just 19 effective development investments, covering three broad areas: people, planet and prosperity.

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