Sustainable Development

NEW YORK – Financial markets serve two crucial purposes: to channel savings toward productive investments, and to enable individuals and businesses to manage risks through diversification and insurance. As a result, the sector is essential to sustainable development, which represents unprecedented global-scale investment opportunities and risk-management challenges. That is why, when world leaders meet this [...]

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The year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development but achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require tackling urgent challenges. Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. The world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, for the period [...]

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Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus 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 the planet itself.  At [...]

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The announcement that last year was the warmest on record puts another nail in the coffin of climate denial. Not that one was needed. The pseudo-debate about climate science has always been about politics, not science. There are two main sources of climate denial. The first is libertarian ideology, which opposes government more than climate [...]

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NEW YORK – The year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development. Three high-level negotiations between July and December can reshape the global development agenda, and give an important push to vital changes in the workings of the global economy. With United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to [...]

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Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. In many ways, humanity has squandered the time it once had to adjust to environmental realities. Now our backs are up against the wall. We are living in history, and our generation’s history is the threat of unprecedented, global-scale environmental catastrophe. The starting point is our [...]

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What is your primary message as an economist interested in the relief of poverty about sustainability and its relation to both economics and human health? It is not possible to consider ending poverty in the midst of human-induced climate change. Even if poor countries, such as those in Africa, make some short-term progress in the [...]

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