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In May 2004, a group of the world's top economists gathered for the 2004 Copenhagen Consensus project to perform triage on the biggest challenges facing the world today: conflict, hunger, disease, water, education and climate change.

Professor Bjørn Lomborg, the event's organiser, will give a public lecture on the project at LSE on Thursday 17 November. He will present the Copenhagen Consensus setup, the background facts, and the list of global priorities set out in the Consensus.

The Consensus saw eight illustrious economists - including three Nobel laureates - examine ten of the largest challenges facing humanity. They looked at the costs and benefits of solutions to each problem, and provided a prioritised list of how to do the most good with every dollar we spend.

Bjørn Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine, he is the author of the best-selling The Skeptical Environmentalist and edited the book from the Consensus, Global Crises, Global Solutions, which was named book of the year by the Economist.

Professor John Sutton, LSE, will chair this event.

The biggest problems in the world-what should we deal with first? is on Thursday 17 November at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Click here for details on how to request a ticket from 10am on Monday 7 November| 

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1 November 2005

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