Around the world, companies are being called upon to align their business practices with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These calls are coming from many places: outside investors such as pension funds, active shareholders within companies, consumers, suppliers, and other stakeholders in society. There is still no single agreed set of standards to assess whether [...]

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The risk of a winner-takes-all approach in the country’s political crisis is extraordinary. It’s time to seek a negotiated transition. By Francisco Rodríguez and Jeffrey D. Sachs Over the past two weeks, the United States, with the support of several countries in Latin America, has recognized the government of Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, and [...]

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The state of the world is paradoxical. The good news is that the world income in 2018 was around $135 trillion according to the International Monetary Fund, measuring world output at “international prices.” That was an average of roughly $17,500 for each of the 7.7 billion men, women, and children on this planet. That sum [...]

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(CNN) Events in Venezuela may be heading toward a catastrophic conflict. Venezuelan society is deeply divided between President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters, backed by the military, versus an opposition led by self-declared president, Juan Guaido, leader of the National Assembly. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, which cited a senior administration official, the US [...]

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Many Democrats have been confused by President Trump’s announced withdrawal of troops from Syria, and some have called the withdrawal a mistake. Yet Trump’s announcement is not wrong, just incomplete. It is time to leave Syria, but also time to ramp up U.S. diplomacy, both directly with the region’s governments and through the United Nations. Unfortunately, this week, some [...]

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Generals fight the last war, and Washington’s economic war on China is straight from America’s tactics against the Soviet Union and its skirmishes with Japan in the 1980s. Yet China is neither the Soviet Union nor Japan. The US’s aggressive trade actions towards Beijing, unless suspended in the near future, will damage the world economy [...]

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Jeffrey Sachs is a leading crusader to make ours a globally sustainable planet, and as a consequence, eradicate the extreme poverty that exists in a world of abundance. The world-renowned economist, senior United Nations advisor, prolific bestselling author, shares with me in our latest edition of The Openist his fervent belief that what the world [...]

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January 10th, 2019

Fully Filling the Global Fund

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Vanessa Fajans-Turner In a world divided by conflict and greed, the Global Fund’s fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is a matter of enlightened self-interest and a reminder of how much humanity can accomplish when we cooperate to save lives. For public and private donors, that means providing the financing [...]

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The Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer and professor Jeffrey Sachs discuss the Eurasia Group’s top risks for 2019.

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NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal of US forces from Syria has met with near-universal condemnation by Democrats and Republicans alike. That says less about Trump than it does about the US foreign policy establishment’s blinkered vision. The mainstream of both political parties exhibits certain reflexive judgments: that the US must maintain a [...]

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