NEW YORK – One year ago, I was in Brazil to launch the Brazilian chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The main message I heard that day was that São Paulo was suffering from a mega-drought, but that state and local politicians were keeping [...]

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An interview with Jeffrey Sachs on the 2015 Paris negotiations, sustainable development and the profound threat facing our planet. In December 2015, world leaders will gather in Paris to negotiate a binding agreement to reduce global carbon emissions. It will be the twenty-first major UN climate summit since 1992. Two decades of conferences have coincided [...]

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February 19th, 2015

Greece needs time to negotiate

While the Greek crisis continues to rage, the eurogroup — the eurozone’s finance ministers — spent the past week quibbling over details in Brussels while the world waited breathlessly to know if the eurozone is going to derail the global recovery. The way forward is obvious. The world will not forgive the eurozone, led by [...]

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America is the land of breakthrough science — and health care scams. The two seem to go hand in hand in the case of the new hepatitis C virus (HCV) cure named sofosbuvir, sold under the brand name Solvadi by the drug company Gilead Sciences. There is no question that Solvadi is a godsend — [...]

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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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NEW YORK – The European Central Bank has finally launched a policy of quantitative easing (QE). The key question at this stage is whether Germany will give the ECB the freedom of maneuver needed to carry out this monetary expansion with sufficient boldness. Though QE cannot produce long-term growth, it can do much to end [...]

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