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Cost-Effective Post-2015 Development Targets ‘Can Make A World Of Difference’

Devex: Smarter targets for the U.N.: The best thing any of us can do
Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center

“…[M]y think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus, has engaged in a project to determine which [post-2015 development] targets will do the most good per dollar spent. … Imagine taking the U.N. document and overlaying it graphically with economic evidence. … And that’s exactly what we’ve done with the final document of the U.N. Working Group on the SDGs that proposes 169 targets. … Reducing malaria and tuberculosis is a phenomenal target, preliminarily painted green. … On the other hand, HIV eradication is both hard and much less effective. Because of the higher costs and lifelong treatment, it is only yellow, not green. … If well-documented economic arguments can help to swap just one poor target for one phenomenal one, leveraging trillions of dollars in development aid and government spending can make a world of difference…” (11/10).