Jeffrey D. Sachs


Date of Birth 5 November 1954
Place Oak Park, Michigan (USA)
Nomination 28 September 2021
Field Economics
Title University Professor, Columbia University

Most important awards, prizes and academies
Positions: University Professor, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, 2002-16; Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, New York, N.Y.; SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres, United Nations; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the Millennium Development Goals; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for the Millennium Development Goals; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for the Sustainable Development Goals; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for the Sustainable Development Goals; Special Advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell; Co-Founder and Director, Millennium Promise Alliance; Honorary Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur; Chairman of the Jeffrey D. Sachs Center for Sustainable Development at Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur; Chair, Lancet COVID-19 Commission; Chairman of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health at WHO, 2000-01; Key role in conceptualizing and designing the Global Fund to Fight Aids TB and Malaria, 2000-01; Director of the UN Millennium Project 2001-06.
Awards: Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, by decree of the President of the Republic, France, June 14, 2021; Alexander Rüstow Award for the Advancement of a Humane Economy, the Alliance for the Social Market Economy, April 8, 2021; Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Third Class, Eesti Pank, Estonia, January 2019; World Sustainability Award (2017), Cape Town, January 27, 2017; Blue Planet Prize, Asahi Glass Foundation, 2015; Padma Bhushan Award, Government of India 2007; Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice, 2005.
Honorary Degrees (most recent); Honorary Degree, Doctor of Economics and Public Policy, ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2019; Honorary Degree, Honorary Doctorate of Ivane Javakhishvili, Tbilisi State University of Georgia, March 2019; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Economics, University of Lodz, Poland, May 24, 2019; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Peace, University of Cambodia, January 10, 2020; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Sustainability, Amrita University, Kerala, India, 2021.

Summary of scientific research
Professor Sachs has conducted ground-breaking research and published extensively on topics spanning the challenges of globalization and sustainable development, including the relationship of international trade and economic growth; management of debt crises and methods of debt relief; the resource curse and extractive industries; global public health and the provision of public health in low-income settings; strategies for the eradication of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; strategies to combat COVID-19; the history, geography, and practice of economic development; international financial markets and macroeconomic policy; climate change; education for sustainable development; and the eradication of extreme poverty through integrated investments in skills, local infrastructure, and business development.

Main publications
Ages of Globalization, Columbia University Press, New York, 2020; The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University Press, New York, 2015; The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, Random House, New York, 2011; Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, The Penguin Press, New York, 2008; The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, The Penguin Press, New York, 2005.

Professional address

Center for Sustainable Development
Columbia University
475 Riverside Drive
Interchurch Suite 1040
New York, NY 10115, USA


Vatican Youth Symposium and Launch of Mission 4.7 (2020) Introduction and Closing Words

Youth and the Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities (2016) Introduction and Conclusion.

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