Sustainable Development

NEW YORK – Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level is dangerously inadequate. The United Nations system, the European Union, and other multilateral organizations are under great stress, because their budgets are inadequate to meet their responsibilities. While a few free-market ideologues may still argue that profit-motivated corporations [...]

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JAMES WONG asked: Professor Sachs, you laid out a visionary blueprint for the end of poverty underpinned by an international commitment of wealthier countries to provide international development aid to developing economies. Such a plan was always going to be reliant on multilateral cooperation but recently, you have commented on the end of multilateralism – [...]

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Donald  Trump’s  “America  First”  foreign  policy  represents  a new  and  vulgar  strain  of  American  exceptionalism.  It  proudly proclaims  its  intention  to  maintain  U.S.  military  dominance as  the  core  pillar  of  U.S.  foreign  policy.  Trump’s  National Security  Strategy uses  the  term  “overmatch”  to  signify  this military dominance, stating that the U.S. must “restore  the  readiness  of  our  forces  for  major  war,  and  grow the  size  of  the  force  so  that  it  is  capable  of  operating  at sufficient  scale  and  for  ample  duration  to  win  across  a  range of  scenarios.”

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Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs responds to Cardinal Joseph Tobin’s examination of Pope Francis’ teachings on economic justice. A moderated conversation with the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture audience follows. The conversation was moderated by Christine Emba, columnist and editor with The Washington Post.

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(CNN) In every generation we depend on a few people of supreme decency and intelligence to hold the world together. In Jewish tradition, there are at all times 36 tzadikim, righteous people, without whom the world would perish. Kofi Annan was one of the righteous people, a man of extraordinary intelligence, decency, warmth and joy of [...]

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NEW YORK — New findings produced by economist Jeffrey Sachs’ organization UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network echoed the same concern that the United Nations voiced last month: Not one country is currently on track to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The network released its 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report last Monday, at the launch of the U.N. High-level Political Forum. [...]

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For the first time, the SDSN was able to aggregate enough present and historical data to determine trends in how countries are grappling with each one of the SDGs. While countries like Sweden, Denmark, and Finland top the list with scores in the 80s (as they generally do each year, along with global happiness rankings–a correlation [...]

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June 18th, 2018

Energy for the common good

NEW YORK – The climate crisis we now face is a reflection of a broader crisis: a global confusion of means and ends. We continue to use fossil fuels because we can (means), not because they are good for us (ends). This confusion is why Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are spurring us to [...]

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In recent years, New Yorkers, like people all over the world, have faced the realities of human-made climate change: extreme storms, rising sea levels, summer heat waves, massive winter nor’easters, and a $20 billion plan to reduce future flooding. Last year, the United States as a whole experienced the highest losses from climate disasters, an [...]

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Oil seems to make politicians lose their bearings. The get-rich-quick mentality or too-much-to-lose thinking is very hard to overcome. Thus, two of Canada’s most progressive leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, have both doubled down recently on Alberta oil sands and the pipelines to carry them to world markets. Whether Kinder [...]

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