SDGs In Order
The first-ever sequence for tackling the most important problems in the world.


Comparison with Copenhagen Consensus Recommendations


The most widely circulated SDG priorities were developed by the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think tank of more than 300 economists, including seven Nobel Prize Laureates. The Center's recommendations are, not surprisingly, predicated on economic considerations such as cost-benefit. While our survey had a substantively different intent and screening criteria, it is interesting to compare the two. On the left are options from our survey; on the right are the Center's recommendations. As you can see, our options address all but one of the Center's recommendations: reduce trade restrictions.

Survey Options Copenhagen Consensus Recommendations
Ensure women's rights to economic opportunity, property ownership and inheritance Improve gender equality in ownership, business and politics
Ensure all children graduate from primary and secondary schools Achieve universal primary education in Sub-Saharan Africa
Triple preschool in Sub-Saharan Africa
End discrimination against women and girls Improve gender equality in ownership, business and politics
Increase girls' education by two years
End preventable deaths of infants and children under 5 years of age Increase immunization to reduce child deaths by 25%
Reduce newborn mortality by 70%
End violence against women and girls Eliminate violence against women and girls
Provide access to sexual and reproductive health care services Make family planning available to everyone
Eliminate tax policies and fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage consumption Phase out fossil fuel subsidies
Tax pollution damage from energy
Curtail epidemics of communicable disease Halve malaria infection
Reduce tuberculosis deaths by 90%
Avoid 1.1M HIV infections through circumcision
Ensure year-round availability of nutritious and sufficient food Lower chronic child malnutrion by 40%
Eliminate disparity in education and vocational training Increase girls' education by two years
Increase investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and productive capacity Boost agricultural yield growth by 40%
Protect marine and coastal ecosystems Halve coral reef loss
Reduce death and illness from pollution Cut indoor air pollution by 20%
Reduce deaths from non-communicable disease Cut early death from chronic disease by 1/3
(not applicable) Reduce trade restrictions