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The Chinese University and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust yesterday hosted the launch of the Hong Kong chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It comes under the umbrella of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and seeks to mobilize expertise, information, and resources from academia, philanthropy, government, business, and non-profit organizations to address challenges. Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Mike Weeks asked him about the goals of the Network.

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A UN-led dialogue with governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia on how we can build a global vision on sustaining peace. Read more information here.

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What we’re doing for 2030 is promoting global cooperation.

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During a lecture hosted by Sophia University and JICA-RI, Sachs discusses global issues and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the face of an array of mounting global problems—from climate change induced disasters to poverty and education—how can the world deal with such issues?

A world in which each country thinks that cooperation is not possible and chooses to look at itself in isolation will be a very dangerous world, says Jeffrey Sachs, professor at Columbia University, in light of the rising nationalism around the world.

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Today we’re wading into the debate over the GOP tax cut plan. Who will it benefit the most? Some economists contend it’s an act of pure greed and “daylight robbery,” while others say trickle-down tax cuts can restore American prosperity.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a tax reform bill that includes major tax breaks for corporations. Supporters say the cuts will put more money in business coffers, leading to more jobs and higher wages. But what’s the truth? Do tax cuts for businesses really work like that in real life? Or are they demonstrations of selfish greed, pure and simple? A pair of leading thinkers on U.S. economic policy join us Monday to discuss the costs and benefits of corporate tax cuts.

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Jeffrey Sachs is a University Professor of economics and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He’s a senior advisor to the United Nations, and the author of many books, including Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable.

Brian Domitrovic is an associate professor in the Department of History at Sam Houston State University. He’s a columnist for Forbes magazine, and the co-author of the book JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity.

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Professor Jeffrey Sachs speaks at “Shaping the Sustainable Insurance Agenda in North America,” organized by UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) and Munich Re, US, discussing the crucial role of insurance companies in taking climate action.

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