Incorporating Environmental, Social and Political Objectives in the Millennium Development Goals

‘In a world of limited resources, we can’t do everything, so which goals should we prioritize? The Copenhagen Consensus Center provides information on which targets will do the most social good (measured in dollars, but also incorporating e.g. welfare, health and environmental protection), relative to their costs.’ Copenhagen Consensus

Focus Area 1: Poverty Eradication, Building Shared Prosperity and Promoting Equality
Focus Area 2: Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition
Focus Area 3: Health and Population Dynamics
Focus Area 4: Education and Life-Long Learning
Focus Area 5: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Focus Area 6: Water and Sanitation
Focus Area 7: Energy
Focus Area 8: Economic Growth, Employment and Infrastructure
Focus Area 9: Industrialization and Promoting Equality Among Nations
Focus Area 10: Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements
Focus Area 11: Sustainable Consumption and Production
Focus Area 12: Climate Change
Focus Area 13: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources, Oceans and Seas
Focus Area 14: Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Focus Area 15: Means of Implementation/Global Partnership for Sustainable development
Focus Area 16: Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, Rule of Law and Capable Institutions

Included is a recent article – which is the culmination of 25 years of puzzling as to the cause of 25 year alternating drought and flood dominated regimes in northeastern Australia. It turns out that it is the great big, cold, blue ‘V’ in the Pacific Ocean in the thermally enhanced satellite photograph at the top of the blog. This review of the most modern and powerful climate science suggests that the world may not warm for decades more at least – but that comes at the risk of an inherent climate instability. Click to continue to ‘The Unstable Math Of Michael Ghil’s Climate Sensitivity’.

The question is then – what do we do about it? The complexity of climate may be a problem that is far more intractable than many imagine – but the essential solutions to social needs and to human changes to the atmosphere and the environment may be reduced to a human scale.

To that end this project is based on the UN Millenium Development Goals in the context of rigorous cost benefit analysis such as is undertaken by the Copenhagen Consensus as well as analysis of our technological capacity to produce objectives suitable for implementation by either top down aid provision or bottom up polycentric development strategies.

The Copenhagen Consensus has identified ‘phenomenal’ goals (benefit to cost ratio of at least 15) for multinational development. It is a dozen ways to save the world.

1. Achieve full and productive employment for all, reduce barriers to productive employment for all including women and young people.

2. Reduce by 50% or more malnutrition in all its forms, notably stunting and wasting in children under five years of age.

3. By 2030 end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases reverse the spread of,and significantly reduce deaths from tuberculosis and malaria.

4. Achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, with particular attention to the most marginalized, assuming a gradual increase in coverage over time, focusing first on diseases where interventions have high benefits-to-costs.

5. Ensure universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health for all, including modern methods of family planning.

6. By 2030 ensure universal access to access and complete quality pre-primary education

7. By 2030 ensure equal access to education at all levels.

8. By 2030 ensure increased access to sustainable modern energy services.

9. By 2030 phase out fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption

10. Build resilience and adaptive capacity to climate induced hazards in all vulnerable countries.

11. Promote open, rules-based, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading and financial systems, including complying with the agricultural mandate of the WTO Doha Round.

12 Improve market access for agricultural and industrial exports of developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries, and at least double the share of LDCs’ exports in global exports by 2020

This is an open source project with focus area pages linked to post categories – not all links are live as yet. Please feel free to contact me at to contribute posts under any of the focus areas.