The Copenhagen Consensus 2006 Results Surprising, U.S. Envoy Says (Ambassador Bolton says U.N. needs to prioritize vast world issues), June 21, 2006, by Anita N. Wadhwani, Washington File Staff Writer.
Washington – Prioritizing the world’s greatest problems was the challenge given to the U.N. ambassadors from China, India, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia and the United States at a June 16-17 meeting organized by the Danish Copenhagen Consensus Center in collaboration with Georgetown University in Washington. The diplomats were asked, “If we had an extra $50 billion to put to good use, which problems would be solved first?”
“This kind of ranking process, this kind of priority, I think, is exactly what we need to proceed,” said Ambassador John R. Bolton, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations at a June 20 press briefing on the Copenhagen Consensus.
To find the answer to the question of the most effective use of limited resources, the participants in the meeting “The Copenhagen Consensus 2006 — A United Nations Perspective,” focused on ten global challenge areas: climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts and arms proliferation, education, financial instability, governance and corruption, malnutrition and hunger, migration, sanitation and clean water, and subsidies and trade barriers.
These areas were then subdivided into forty specific issues, from the controlling of diseases such as malaria and AIDS to reduction in education costs.. Top priority for the major world challenges was given to communicable diseases, sanitation and water, education, and malnutrition.
Bolton said that “some of the outcomes were really striking” in terms of their ranking order. “I was surprised that the elimination of subsidies and trade barriers wasn’t higher,” he said, adding that he was also taken aback by the fact that climate change issues ranked last on the list … (Read the rest of this article on US Mission).