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University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2020

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and the director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he ran the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also the director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. Sachs has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General António Guterres. Throughout his career in development economics, Sachs has been an adviser to the World Health Organization, World Bank, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. He has written hundreds of academic articles and three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008) and The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity (2011).

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