On January 17th action/2015, a coalition of over 1,000 NGOs and celebrities, began a campaign for SDGs that are inspiring, properly financed and monitored with good data—sound principles, but ones that will not help much in winnowing down the number of goals and targets. Idealists, including Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary-general, want to stick with all the current proposals. Others want to focus on what is most practical, an approach that may win support in July, when finance ministers meet in Addis Ababa to discuss how to finance the SDGs. David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, has said there are too many proposed SDGs “to communicate effectively”; he thinks there should be 10-12.
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