Sustainable Development

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October 6th, 2015

The Clean-Energy Moonshot

NEW YORK – In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy stirred America and the world with these words: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Just eight years later, NASA did [...]

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NEW YORK – There is growing recognition that the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be adopted on September 25 at a special United Nations summit, will depend on the ability of governments, businesses, and civil society to harness data for decision-making. The key, as I have highlighted before, is to invest [...]

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August 21st, 2015

The UN at 70

NEW YORK –The United Nations will mark its 70th anniversary when world leaders assemble next month at its headquarters in New York. Though there will be plenty of fanfare, it will inadequately reflect the UN’s value, not only as the most important political innovation of the twentieth century, but also as the best bargain on [...]

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June 29th, 2015

The Value of Vaccines

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Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has been awarded the 2015 Blue Planet Prize. The prize is presented each year to two individuals or organizations worldwide to recognize major efforts to solve global environmental problems. Many consider it to be the world’s highest such honor. The other recipient this year is Cambridge University [...]

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In the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), food production and food security played a central role in the battle against hunger, disease, and extreme poverty. As I wrote in the pages of the SCN News 28 in 2004, “Besides being a goal itself, nutrition is critical to achieving the other MDGs [...]. Malnutrition and hunger feed [...]

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May 6th, 2015

Data for Development

NEW YORK – The data revolution is rapidly transforming every part of society. Elections are managed with biometrics, forests are monitored by satellite imagery, banking has migrated from branch offices to smartphones, and medical x-rays are examined halfway around the world. With a bit of investment and foresight, spelled out in a new report, prepared [...]

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