Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jeffrey Sachs and the global challenge

Jeffrey Sachs believes that the global economic crises give us a unique windows of opportunity to take on economic development, poverty, and environmental sustainability throughout the world.

Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is also the Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia's School of Public Health. Additionally, he is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and the founder and co-President of the Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and hunger. From 2002 to 2006, he was the Director of the United Nations Millennium Project and today remains a leading advocate for the Millennium Development Goals, eight internationally endorsed objectives to reduce extreme poverty, hunger, and disease by the year 2015.

Originally one of the youngest economics professors in the history of Harvard University, Sachs became renowned for implementing economic shock therapy throughout the developing world, and subsequently for his work on the challenges of economic development, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, debt cancellation, and globalization. He has authored numerous books and articles on these subjects, including The End of Poverty and Common Wealth both New York Times bestsellers. He has been named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" several times.

My conversation with Jeffrey Sachs: