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Data, Resources Needed To Monitor Development Goals

The Guardian: Cost of gathering data on new development goals could be crippling
Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre

“For the past decade and a half, the world has made a few smart promises with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and poverty, get all children in school, and dramatically reduce child mortality. We have seen a move towards success, although not all targets will be met. Surprisingly, we have little information about what exactly we have achieved. … This matters because the world is discussing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new set of targets that will take effect in 2016 and last until 2030. Of course, attention is on high-profile issues such as health, education, food, water and the environment. But we also need to set aside resources to measure how well we tackle all these issues…” (9/24).

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