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The world has generally become a much better place during the last half-century.There has also been a concerted international effort, reflected in the Millennium Development Goals, which the United Nations adopted in 2000 to make the world a better place by 2015 .The U.N. is now contemplating extending this target-setting process from 2015 to 2030 . The Copenhagen Consensus Center has asked 57 teams of economists to investigate 19 major areas and about 50 targets – asking how much each will cost and how much good it will do – by the end of this year, well before the U.N. decides on its SDGs in late 2015 .At the other end of the scale, some of the U.N.'s proposed targets are unrealistic, like promising work to everyone.That is why helping the U.N. narrow its priorities to include the best targets could be the most important thing that any of us can do this decade.
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