Jeff Sachs Archives - State of the Planet

Talking Data-Driven Development with Haiti’s Prime Minister

On April 22, 2013 the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to the Spring 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series and the Columbia University World Leader’s Forum. The prime minister and Haitian diplomats met with Earth Institute senior researchers to discuss the strategies for the Haitian government’s national-scale monitoring, planning and implementation development programs.

by |May 2, 2013

Internship Opportunities with the Earth Institute Director’s Office

The Office of the Director of the Earth Institute is offering two internship opportunities: One is the Administrations, Communications, and Research Internship, and the other the Communications, Research, Writing and Event-Planning Internship. The deadline to apply is Sept. 14.

by |August 28, 2012

Professor Jeffrey Sachs Extends Term as Director of the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute, Columbia University announced that Professor Jeffrey Sachs has agreed to extend his term as its director. Since his tenure began in 2002, Sachs has led the Earth Institute to become a leading scientific authority on sustainable development while simultaneously expanding its reach worldwide. Through his guidance, the Earth Institute and its scientists and researchers have consistently been at the forefront of efforts to help solve some the greatest challenges our world faces today in climate change, global poverty, energy, health, food and water security, natural hazards and economic crises.

by |April 28, 2011

An African Green Revolution: Can the Continent Become Agriculturally Self-Sufficient?

What will it take for Africa to feed itself? Can the continent double its current crop yields and provide food not only for itself, but for export to outside markets? How can African farmers become as productive as their global peers? These and other questions were presented on October 11 by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who joined Jeff Sachs on Columbia’s campus to discuss Africa’s agricultural future.

by |October 26, 2010

Grounding Climate Negotiations in Solution-Oriented Research

With the generous support of the Planet Heritage Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Earth Institute is initiating the Global Network for Climate Solutions and evaluating its ability to influence future international climate negotiations by grounding them in shared research that is focused on concrete solutions and action. The effort aims to facilitate… read more

by |July 6, 2010

State of the Planet 2010

We all watched the earth move at State of the Planet (SOP) 2010 literally and figuratively. The backdrop on the main stage in New York was a giant rotating earth, spinning from continent to continent as we connected leaders from around the globe who urged action on issues of climate change, poverty, economic recovery and… read more

by |April 5, 2010

State of the Planet 2010: Join the Global Conversation

What is the current state of the planet? How do we move forward on a global climate deal? On March 25, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; The Economist; and Ericsson will bring together some of the world’s most influential thinkers to propose innovative solutions to these and other critical questions at our biennial State of… read more

by |March 22, 2010

Helping Haiti Build Back Stronger and More Sustainably

The Haiti Program of the Earth Institute is led by Tatiana Wah, a professor at the New School in New York (on leave), where she is a renowned scholar and practitioner of Haitian economic and social development. Since last year, Wah has led the Earth Institute’s efforts from a base in Port-au-Prince, where she works… read more

by |March 15, 2010

Take MDP Courses in the USA, Practice in Nigeria, Graduate in Costa Rica

As a student, imagine taking courses from experts at the Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, living in Nigeria for two months while helping villages problem-solve the complex challenges of sustainable development, and graduating from your home institution in Costa Rica. Picture meeting at a university campus every… read more

by |March 10, 2010

Climate Change Leaders Join Jeff Sachs in Discussion on Post-Copenhagen Action

Nearly 100 people including several UN ambassadors, corporate executives, foundation leaders and key representatives from NGOs and academia gathered at Columbia University to attend a brainstorm session on a way forward after December’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Led by Earth Institute Director Jeff Sachs, the agenda covered topics including improvements to the United Nations… read more

by |February 15, 2010