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The End of Poverty, 2005

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Jeffrey D. Sachs (born 1954) is a leading international economic advisor on the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation and enlightened globalisation.

Sachs was born in Detroit and received his BA, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his MA and PhD from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively. He joined the Harvard faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1980, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and Full Professor in 1983. Prior to his arrival at Columbia University in July 2002, Sachs spent over 20 years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade.

Sachs is now the Director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustain-able Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs is also President and Co-founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a non-profit organisation aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

Sachs is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and several bestselling books. In 2004 and 2005, he was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He is the recipient of many awards and honours from around the world. .

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Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 1, Development as a Success Story

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about development as a success story with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 2, Development Paths in BRICS Countries

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about development paths in BRICS countries with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 3, Africa's Development and Governance Issues

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about Africa's development and governance issues with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 4, The Millenium Development Goals

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the Millenium Development Goals with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 6, Impact of Development on the Environment

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the impact of development on the environment with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 7, Technology Transfer and Food Security

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about technology transfer and food security with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 8, The Role of Government and Multilateral Institutions

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the role of government and multilateral institutions with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Part 9, The WTO and Hope for the Future

In this video, Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of The End of Poverty (2005), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the WTO and hope for the future with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 11 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Other Books (Selection)

Developing Country Debt and the World Economy (ed.; University of Chicago Press, 1989)

Macroeconomics in the Global Economy (Prentice Hall, 1993)

Escaping the Resource Curse (ed. with Macartan Humphreys and Joseph E. Stiglitz; Columbia University Press, 2007)

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Allen Lane, 2008)

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