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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.

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The Cure for Gilead

(54) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 7:07 AM

Gilead has the cure for Hepatitis C (HCV) known as Sofosbuvir, which is taken alone or in combination with other drugs. Now we need a cure for Gilead. By pressing the company to make Sofosbuvir-based therapies accessible to all who need them, the Hepatitis C epidemic in America and worldwide...

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Germany, Greece, and the Future of Europe

(164) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:15 AM

I have been helping countries to overcome financial crises for 30 years, and have studied the economic crises of the twentieth century as background to my advisory work. In all crises, there is an inherent imbalance of power between creditor and debtor. Successful crisis management therefore depends on the creditor's...

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Gilead's Greed That Kills

(142) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 7:22 AM

Gilead Sciences is an American pharmaceutical company driven by unquenchable greed. The company is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans with Hepatitis C to suffer unnecessarily and many of them to die as the result of its monopolistic practices, while public health programs face bankruptcy. Gilead CEO John C. Martin...

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Obama Bravely Ignores the Clamoring of the Warmongers with Iran Deal

(392) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:11 AM

NEW YORK -- The accord struck in Vienna to rein in Iran's nuclear activities has warmongers fulminating. Citizens worldwide should support U.S. President Barack Obama's brave effort to outmaneuver them, taking heart from the fact that the signatories include not just the United States, but all five permanent members of...

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A Corpse Can't Carry Out Reform in Greece. Here's What Can.

(101) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:59 PM

QUITO -- The Greek crisis is a tragedy for the country and a danger for the world economy. Germany is demanding that Greece continue to service its debts in full, even though Greece is clearly broke and the International Monetary Fund has noted the need for debt relief....

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Greeks Are Just Trying to Stay Alive

(222) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:54 PM

PARIS -- After months of wrangling, the showdown between Greece and its European creditors has come down to a standoff over pensions and taxes. Greece is refusing to acquiesce to demands by its creditors that it cut payments to the elderly and raise the value-added tax on their medicine and...

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A Call to Scale-Up Community Health Workers

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:24 AM

This post is co-authored with Sonia Sachs on behalf of the 1 Million CHW Campaign.

Public health officials and practitioners from around Africa and from international public and private organizations, businesses, and universities, met in Accra, Ghana June 9-11 to consider ways to scale-up the coverage of high-quality...

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The Harvard IKB School of Engineering

(17) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:20 AM

The good people of Dusseldorf, Germany, and specifically the IKB Bank, which specializes in loans to small and medium-size businesses, has kindly endowed Harvard University's engineering school with a gift of $400m. Harvard President Faust announced the endowment on June 3, the most generous in the University's history. Strangely, though,...

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Why Fast Track Is a Dangerous Gift to Corporate Lobbies

(36) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 8:24 AM

This post was co-authored with Lise Johnson, head of investment law and policy at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and Lisa Sachs, director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

The Obama Administration is now on track to get "fast track" legislation through the Senate, heading towards...

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Defend Workers and the Environment Before Voting Fast Track

(35) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:16 AM

President Barack Obama is making a full-court press for two new international business agreements, one with Asian-Pacific countries known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the other with European countries known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). To secure these, he is calling on Congress to pass Trade Promotion...

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O caminho da felicidade: lições do Relatório Mundial da Felicidade de 2015

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Ficar mais rico, mas não mais feliz: é uma história familiar para pessoas e países. O objetivo do Relatório Mundial da Felicidade, agora em sua terceira edição, é lembrar governos, sociedade civil e indivíduos que, sozinha, a renda não garante nosso bem-estar. A verdadeira felicidade depende de capital...

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The Path to Happiness: Lessons From the 2015 World Happiness Report

(45) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Getting richer but not happier: It's a familiar story, for people and for nations. The purpose of the World Happiness Report, now in its third edition for 2015, is to remind governments, civil society, and individuals that income alone cannot secure our well-being. True happiness depends on social...

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The Drug That Is Bankrupting America

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 10:01 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

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 6:46 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 | 10:41 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

(182) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 7:13 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 | 11:10 AM

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:49 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 | 8:21 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 | 5:31 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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