Monday, December 22, 2014

Sustainable Development Now

Are economic development and environmental sustainability at odds? Can the global financial system be re-engineered to support the transition to a low-carbon economy? Which targets should the world adopt once the United Nations Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015? How can developed countries best help the world’s poor?

Just as the tug of war between economic growth and environmental preservation defined the last century, the key challenge of this century will be to unite the two. Over the course of 2015, an unprecedented series of high-level negotiations will shape the future of global governance, and hence the future of the planet. World leaders will seek to strike a global accord in the fight against climate change, to retool the global financial system to support sustainable development, and to adopt new “Sustainable Development Goals” as the organizing framework for global development until 2030.

The stakes are enormous, but the issues are complex. In Project Syndicate’s exclusive series Sustainable Development Now, Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will curate commentaries by the world’s leading experts and policymakers on thepolitics, economics, and science of sustainability. In addition, Sachs will contribute regular commentaries to Sustainable Development Now.

Sachs and his colleagues will canvass areas of international agreement and disagreement, explore potential paths to global accords, and address the consequences of the coming shift in economic, financial, and environmental policies for growth and inequality worldwide. Sustainable Development Now will thus enable readers everywhere to understand and appreciate the drama, excitement, risks, and opportunities of the era of sustainable development, as its foundations are laid in 2015.

Shouldn’t your readers be among them?

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