Archive for Jeffrey D. Sachs

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Jeffrey Sachs was co-chair of the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, which recommended the MPA in Development Practice (MPA-DP) be created.

SIPA’s MPA-DP program is a new approach to development education. The program trains practitioners to design, implement, and manage integrated approaches to sustainable development. Drawing on the extraordinary educational and research facilities of Columbia University, the MPA-DP emphasizes practical knowledge, skills, and opportunities in the field.

“We are not spectators of development. We are participants. We learn, we reflect and we act to bring about positive change.” —Prof. Jeff Sachs on the MPA-DP Program

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Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. Professor Sachs is the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He serves as Director of the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Development, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium

Development Goals, and held the same position under former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is the co-founder and director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development.

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past 7 years: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Price of Civilization. His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace.

Ruth DeFries and Jeffrey Sachs Named University Professors

Great news! SIPA’s Director of the Earth Institute, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and his colleague Ruth DeFriesh have been named University Professors, the highest rank our faculty can receive. You can read the complete announcement from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger below.

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I am pleased to announce my appointments of Ruth DeFries and Jeffrey Sachs as our newest University Professors, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty.  It is fitting that Professors DeFries and Sachs receive this honor in tandem, as they are two of the world’s foremost scholars investigating how to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.  As is always true, but especially so here, by recognizing their many contributions through this honor, we also strengthen their, and our, capacity to serve the entire Columbia community and the world.

Professor DeFries is Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development and Co-director of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development at Columbia’s Earth Institute.  Her scholarship is committed to nothing less than understanding the changes experienced by the planet over the course of human existence.  Professor DeFries’s institutional leadership led to the creation of several innovative Earth Institute programs, and her public advocacy is responsible for advances around the world concerning climate change, food and water insecurity, and nature conservation.  She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008.  In 2007, Professor DeFries received a Fulbright Award for Research in India and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Professor Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management, is a peerless economist who has dedicated his life to building a sustainable future and reducing global poverty.  He came to Columbia in 2002 to serve as Director of the Earth Institute.  Under his leadership, the Institute became the world’s premier institution for research, teaching, and public outreach regarding earth sciences and sustainable development.  As the longtime Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, Professor Sachs oversaw the adoption and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals agreed to last year.  He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which convenes at Columbia and at our Global Center in Europe, under the auspices of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

I know we all join in congratulating Professor Ruth DeFries and Professor Jeffrey Sachs on their many achievements and on becoming Columbia’s newest University Professors.


Lee C. Bollinger

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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