Ranking Good Ideas at the United Nations

Copenhagen Consensus CenterThe United Nations (UN) in 2000 established eight Millennium Development Goals to help guide and focus global efforts to reduce poverty through 2015. With the final date approaching, the UN is now in the process of establishing a set of Sustainable Development Goals to guide global development efforts through 2030.

The Open Working Group at the UN has received hundreds of suggested priorities to include within the Sustainable Development Goals. How should the Open Working Group decide which to prioritize?

Analysis and suggestions are being offered by the Copenhagen Consensus Center, an international organization that evaluates the effectiveness of global development ideas. The Center has issued a preliminary benefit-cost analysis, ranking 212 potential targets as “phenomenal”, “good”, “fair”, “poor”, or “uncertain”.

Which ideas come out on top? You can read the full report (PDF) here.

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