POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — “The focus in this country has not been on the rest of the world,” asserts renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. “It’s been on our own small issues and our own problems.” Sachs, who has spent his career trying to refocus our nation’s attention, will discuss the issues and implications of rising global poverty on Thursday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. in the Vassar Chapel. This event, sponsored by the Vassar student organization Operation Donation, is free and open to the public.
Jeffrey Sachs is widely recognized for his work on the Millennium Development Goals, as a Special Advisor to the United Nations working with Secretary General Kofi Annan from 2002-2006. The goals put forth an ambitious plan to end extreme poverty by 2015, contingent upon pledges by many developed nations across the globe. Arguably the leading international economic advisor of his generation, Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development and poverty alleviation, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as Director of the Earth Institute he leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.
Sachs is the author of hundreds of articles and many books, including the 2005 New York Times bestseller,The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, as well as the recently released Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. Time magazine has twice recognized Sachs as one of the world’s 100 most influential leaders.
Operation Donation is a Vassar student group dedicated to fighting poverty on the local, national, and global levels. Since its founding three years ago, the group has donated over $50,000 worth of groceries and dollars to Poughkeepsie-area non-profits, and has been the leading force coordinating two national student lobby days on issues of global poverty.
“Operation Donation is so pleased to welcome Jeffrey Sachs to Vassar, to mobilize our own community to engage with issues of global poverty,” said junior Jimmy Kelly, founder and past president of the organization.