Jeffrey Sachs is also Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by the year 2015.
He is also the Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he is also the Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management.
Mr. Sachs has advised governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa on economic reforms — and has worked with international agencies to promote poverty reduction, disease control and debt reduction of poor countries.
Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sachs spent over 20 years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development.
He is the author of many scholarly articles and books. Mr. Sachs was recently elected into the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Sachs received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University.
Federation of American Scientists
Meeting Lula da Silva
Relationship with George Soros/Open Society Institute
- In 2004 Jeffrey Sachs of the The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Anthony Lake of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and George Soros of the Open Society Institute all spoke at the 2004 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference. 
- Following the Secretary-General’s challenge and the member states’ resolution at the 2005 World Summit in September, Tajikistan was now among the first countries to complete a National Development Strategy in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable economic growth in the country. The strategy was presented at a forum at the United Nations in New York, which will include remarks by George Soros, Jeffrey Sachs and HM Queen Noor.
The objective of the event was to present and invite comments on the Tajikistan strategy, and to hold a panel discussion on Tajikistan’s experience and how it should shape the evolution of future national development strategies around the world. About 70 participants from the UN system, International Finance Institutions, donor countries, the private sector and NGOs were invited.
The forum took place on Monday, 12 December, 2005, United Nations Secretariat in New York, Conference Room 2 and included the following speakers: Zephirin Diabre, UNDP Associate Administrator; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Millennium Project; George Soros, Chairman of the Open Society Institute and the Soros foundations network; HM Queen Noor; William Paton, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan; Faizullo Kholboboev, State Adviser for Economic Development to the President of Tajikistan.
- On September 12, 2006, George Soros stated that he was contributing $50 million to support the Millennium Promise, organized and led by the economist Jeffrey Sachs, that aims to help villages in Africa escape grinding poverty.
- Sao Tome e Principe, off the coast of Nigeria, in anticipation of future oil income asked Sachs to help the government work on legislation to ensure transparency with respect to exploitation and revenues.
- My work was supported by the Open Society Institute – a big promoter of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and together with the government we designed some legislative and administrative approaches that could be helpful. The irony is that they still haven’t found oil, so I don’t know whether this work will be useful or not. But regardless, taking that kind of preparation is important, particularly in areas rich in natural resources.
- On October 20, 2008, George Soros, Nouriel Roubini and Jeffrey Sachs spoke together at an event entitled "Can we save the World Economy", sponsored by the Earth Institute. The summary for the event reads, "An open and frank conversation on the breakdown of financial markets around the world and if we can save the global economy. Will the Wall Street bailout plan work? What steps need to be taken in Europe and Asia to stem the market’s downward spiral? Are we headed for a global recession? Three of the leading minds in global economics will discuss the options."
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As of December 2010, Project Syndicate membership included 448 leading newspapers in 150 countries. Financial contributions from member papers in advanced countries support the services provided by Project Syndicate free of charge or at reduced rates to members in developing countries. Additional support comes from the Open Society Institute. Jeffrey Sachs is one of the economists contributing to Project Syndicate.
The Fundacion Ideas, or IDEAS Foundation for Progress was created during the 37th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in 2008 to establish a “think-tank with the capacity to bring novel progressive ideas to the arena of political and social debate in an ever changing world.” Its mission is to identify challenges and opportunities and offer innovative and imaginative solutions that are at the same time rigorous from a scientific point of view and politically deliverable.
Feb. 2009 EFCA statement
On February 24, 2009 Richard B. Freeman, Frank Levy and Lawrence Mishel, issued an Economic Policy Institute Employee Free Choice Act Statement on the Economic Policy Institute website, calling for the passage of the pro labor union Employee Free Choice Act.
Statement endorsers included Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University.
Mobilization to End Poverty speakers
The following were speakers at the conference:
- Rachel Anderson, Boston Faith and Justice Network
- Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, United States House, of Representatives
- Dave Donaldson, Convoy of Hope
- Joel Edwards, Micah Challenge
- Alexia Kelley, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
- Rep. John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives
- Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Brian McLaren
- Wes Granberg Michaelson, Reformed Church in America
- Donald Miller
- David Lane, ONE
- Tony Hall, Former ambassador and member of Congress
- Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA Churchwide Organization
- Dr.Vincent Harding
- Lisa Sharon Harper, New York Faith and Justice
- Freddy Haynes, Friendship West Baptist Church
- Zina Jacque
- Rev. Ellen Nissenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute at Columbia Univeristy
- Tavis Smiley, The Tavis Smiley Show
- Richard Stearns, World Vision
- Alexie Torres-Fleming
- Sharon Watkins, Disciples of Christ
- Jim Wallis, Sojourners
President Barack Obama was also invited to give a major address on poverty at the conference.
Fight Back Teach-In
The following were featured speakers for the Teach In:
- Frances Fox Piven
- Cornel West
- Honorable Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator
- Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University
- Heather McGhee, Demos
- Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO
- Beth Huang, student leader, Wisconsin, United Students Against Sweatshops
- Anthony Klug, public education activist, UFT, Wadleigh High Chapter
- Sergio Cuevas, housing activist, National People's Action
- The Globalist bio, accessed December 8,2010
- Vanity Fair: Jeffrey Sachs’s $200 Billion Dream, July 2007 (accessed on Dec. 8, 2010)
- Huffington Post: Bio on Jeffrey Sachs (accessed on Dec. 8, 2010)
- John F. Kennedy School of Government website: Globalization Leaving Many Countries Behind Say George Soros and Jeffrey Sachs, November 16, 2000 (accessed on Dec. 8, 2010)
- Global Philanthropy Forum website
- United Nations Development Programme Newsroom, 10 December 2005
- NY Times: Philanthropist Gives $50 Million to Help Aid the Poor in Africa, September 13, 2006 (accessed on Dec. 8, 2010)
- Transparency Watch, Interview of the month, March 2007
- Earth Institute: Can we save the World Economy? (accessed on Dec. 8, 2010)
- Project Syndicate, who we are
- Fundacion Ideas, Who we are
- Fundacion Ideas, scientific committee page
- EPI Noted economists: The Employee Free Choice Act is needed to restore balance in the labor market, Richard B. Freeman Frank Levy Lawrence Mishel, February 24, 2009
- Mobilization to End Poverty website: Speakers
- Fight Back Teach In: Local Flyer (accessed on April 8, 2011)