By Ryuichi Otsuka / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Writer
Jeffrey Sachs, a U.S. economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, has published a new book titled “The Age of Sustainable Development” as part of his long-running commitment to exploring such worldwide problems as poverty and global warming.
During a recent visit to Japan, Sachs spoke to The Yomiuri Shimbun about what it would take to achieve sustainable development. The following are excerpts from the interview:
The Yomiuri Shimbun: What is sustainable development?
Jeffrey Sachs: It means society should have a holistic approach that combines economic, social and environmental objectives. Our economic success has been very real during the past generation. The world society has not paid enough attention to social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
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