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Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). ). His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013).

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.

Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Entries by Jeffrey Sachs

The Drug That Is Bankrupting America

(229) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 11:01 AM

America is the land of breakthrough science -- and health care scams. The two seem to go hand in hand in the case of the new hepatitis C virus (HCV) cure named sofosbuvir, sold under the brand name Sovaldi by the drug company Gilead Sciences. There is no question that...

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The True State of the Union 2015

(48) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 7:46 AM

Mr. President, Members of Congress, and Fellow Citizens,

The true State of the Union, and the state of the world, in 2015 can be described in one word: precarious. Despite our wealth, our technological knowhow, our global social media, we are a world at war with each other and with...

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The Climate Breakthrough in Beijing Gives the World a Fighting Chance

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 11:41 AM

This week's US-China joint announcement on climate change and energy is the most important advance on the climate change agenda in many years. While the full ramifications will only be known at the climate summit in Paris in December 2015, the two largest C02 emitters have finally spoken, and most...

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Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy

(190) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 8:13 AM

Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government.

This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties....

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Global Handwashing Day in the Time of Ebola

(7) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:10 PM

We shouldn't require a horrific epidemic like Ebola to remind us why we observe Global Handwashing Day today. But it seems, alas, many in the world can use a reminder about the importance of good hygiene. Though proper hygiene - including the use of soap and water to stop the...

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Let the Middle East Fight Its Own War on ISIS

(167) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Tonight President Obama will address the American public and explain his decision to expand the ongoing Middle East war with more US bombings in Iraq and Syria. The decision to expand the US military campaign comes amidst high public emotions stirred by two gruesome beheadings. Yet Obama is leading us...

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The 'Wall Street Journal' Parade of Climate Lies

(128) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 9:21 AM

That Rupert Murdoch governs over a criminal media empire has been made clear enough in the UK courts in recent years. That the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages, the latest victim of Murdoch's lawless greed, are little more than naked propaganda is perhaps less appreciated. The Journal runs one absurd...

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Why I Am Endorsing Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu

(14) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 6:31 PM

It is hard to exaggerate the shamelessness that passes for political behavior these days. Politicians sell out our democracy to the highest bidder, and trade away our public schools, clean air and water, and economic futures. Around the world I've seen repeatedly how greed and corruption put societies on the...

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Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Deception

(87) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 10:12 AM

It's said that the best defense is a good offense. This strategy probably lies behind Hillary Clinton's recent takedown of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. After all, Clinton was a lead architect of that policy as Secretary of State, and the policies that she espoused until recently now lie in...

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Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change

(57) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:42 AM

We've just about run out of time to keep the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees Centigrade (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The world promised to do it back in 2010. But it hasn't acted. This is your moment, as a Global Citizen, to raise your voice to head off disastrous...

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The EPA Is Right and US Chamber of Commerce Is Wrong on Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 9:27 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed rules for power plants last week, arguing that the extra costs of low-carbon power plants are justified by the even larger gains in avoided climate damages. The EPA measures the avoided climate damages on a global basis, meaning that it calculates not...

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Poland's Return to Europe: Lessons for Ukraine, Russia and the West

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:34 PM

This piece originally appeared in The Financial Times.

Since Poland returned to democracy 25 years ago, the country's economic and political development has been astounding. Today Poland is a prosperous, dynamic and democratic society. Yet the leaders will make the most of their visit if they understand...

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Kudos to the White House and EPA on the New Climate Regulations

(18) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Kudos to President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on a true breakthrough in climate policy yesterday! The newly proposed EPA rules on CO2 emissions from power plants represent a breakthrough not only in the US Government ambition to halt climate change, but also a breakthrough in the...

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Next Steps in the Ukraine Crisis

(34) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:11 PM

There is a stark and obvious asymmetry in the Ukraine crisis. Russia will use military force to get its way. The West will not and should not. There is no doubt that Russian militarized bullying can lead to the de facto division of Ukraine, an event that would be of...

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Global Cooperation in the Age of Sustainable Development

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:36 PM

Vuk Jeremic, the president of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), served as Serbia's foreign minister prior to being elected president of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Jeffrey D. Sachs, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor...

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Stop the Syrian Bloodletting

(47) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 9:47 AM

The Syrian War has already taken more than 130,000 lives. It is destroying a country that lies at the very cradle of civilization. Some of the world's greatest cultural treasures, in ancient heritage cities like Aleppo, are being destroyed; irreplaceable archeological sites are being plundered. Yet this violence...

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How the AEI Distorts the Climate Debate

(56) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Benjamin Zycher, the head of the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) energy studies criticizes an article I wrote earlier this week about the climate dangers of approving the Keystone Pipeline Project.

In that article, I said that the Earth's climate is on a trajectory to raise...

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How the Obama Administration, Congress, and the Keynesians Gutted the Budget

(191) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:51 PM

The new Congressional Budget Office outlook for 2014-2024 makes for grim reading. While the budget deficit is temporarily down to around 3 percent of GDP, this has been achieved by budget cuts that are gutting the capacity of the federal government to address our nation's economic, social, and...

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Keystone: The Pipeline to Disaster

(416) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:20 AM

The new State Department Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone Pipeline does three things. First, it signals a greater likelihood that the pipeline project will be approved later this year by the administration. Second, it vividly illustrates the depth of confusion of US climate change policy. Third, it...

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Declaration on the Well-Being of NYC's Children

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Written by the New York City Advisory Council on Child Well-Being. See full list at bottom of the page.

The New York City Advisory Council on Child Well-Being endorses Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio's call for universal pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds, and after-school for middle-school children, as part of a bold and...

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