The Age of Sustainable Development

Jeffrey D. Sachs (Author) Ban Ki-moon (Foreword by)
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Jeffrey D. Sachs is one of the world's most perceptive and original analysts of global development. In this major new work he presents a compelling and practical framework for how global citizens can use a holistic way forward to address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice: sustainable development.

Sachs offers readers, students, activists, environmentalists, and policy makers the tools, metrics, and practical pathways they need to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Far more than a rhetorical exercise, this book is designed to inform, inspire, and spur action. Based on Sachs's twelve years as director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, his thirteen years advising the United Nations secretary-general on the Millennium Development Goals, and his recent presentation of these ideas in a popular online course, The Age of Sustainable Development is a landmark publication and clarion call for all who care about our planet and global justice.

Product Details

Price
$162.00
Publisher
Columbia University Press
Publish Date
March 03, 2015
Pages
544
Dimensions
7.3 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 3.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780231173148

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About the Author

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He serves as the director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is special advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals, and he held the same position under Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network as well as cofounder and director of the Millennium Villages Project. He has authored three New York Times best-sellers in the past seven 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.

Ban Ki-moon is the secretary-general of the United Nations, an office he assumed in 2007. He was previously the foreign minister of the Republic of Korea.

Reviews

Jeff Sachs's admirable book explains what sustainable development means, why it matters, and our history in relation to our environment. It shows how the pattern of growth we have followed has placed intense strains on our planet and generated severe risks to our lives and livelihoods. Above all, it explains clearly where we can go and how to get there. It describes a potential future of great attraction in terms of wellbeing, community and prosperity, properly understood. It should, and I hope it will, strengthen both the understanding of the great choices we face and the resolve to act. It is a splendid achievement.--Lord Nicholas Stern, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
This terrific book stands out for its breadth, clarity, mastery of detail, honest discussion of complex matters, and its author's practical experience and good sense. It is actually ten terrific books under one cover because its accounts of economics, history, health, development, education, gender issues, food, climate change and biological diversity are among the best available. If you want to understand the modern world, and if you have room on your shelf for only one book, this is your book.--Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
There are very few authors that can so effectively rally the masses around an important cause--one that in this case concerns our collective future. There are still too few leaders with knowledge about global sustainable development challenges to affect the scalable changes that are needed.

Professor Sachs's book is a comprehensive summary of complex issues, but it breaks them down and makes them digestible and understandable while making the imperative clear. It will clearly contribute significantly in closing the gap between science and policy, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for action.--Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson
Comprehensive and crystal clear--what we need to make sustainable development a reality, not a dream.--James E. Hansen, director, Earth Institute Program in Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions
The Age of Sustainable Development is both sobering and inspiring: sobering because it presents in great detail the unprecedented challenges facing mankind; inspiring because it assures us that we can meet those challenges, if only we summon the will to act.--Kerry Kennedy, president, RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights
It is, in my view, the best, most comprehensive and most articulate exposition of sustainable development ever written.... I would make this book compulsory reading for all politicians and business leaders.--David Griggs "Nature "
Sachs has probably produced the best book to date on how to manage the planet for 10 billion people.--Fred Pearce "New Scientist "
a perceptive, analytical, and hopeful book about the future...This landmark in economic publications presents a brilliant examination of major worldwide threats to the planet and puts forward ways to balance economic development and environmental sustainability to overcome those threats...It is a magnum opus; the chief source of information for any person interested in understanding what sustainable development is all about.--Bill Schwab "Missourian "
A clear and cogent nontechnical survey of the world's major challenges beyond the preservation of peace and security.--Richard N. Cooper "Foreign Affairs "
Sachs's book is written for a popular audience and could be used as a complementary text for courses in environmental or development economics or in public health classes or environmental studies classes. Its breadth of insights and coverage is staggering and students and general readers will find new ideas on every page of the book.--Matthew E. Kahn "Journal of Economic Literature "
Sweeping, enlightening, affecting, and invaluable, The Age of Sustainable Development should be available to everyone and consulted repeatedly.--Booklist (starred review)
Clear straightforward prose and a wealth of statistics.... Sachs balances alarming forecasts with signs of progress.--Publishers Weekly
A comprehensive introduction to the field of sustainable development by one of its leading scholars, advocates, and practitioners.... Recommended.--Library Journal
In a book of incredible breadth, Sachs delivers a sobering account of the impact of human activity upon the balance of life on Earth.... Highly recommended.--Choice
An inspiring and enlightening read.--Africa Report
A thoughtful and comprehensive resource on this crucial topic.--Civil Engineering
The Age of Sustainable Development is my candidate for most important book in current circulation. Inspirational, encyclopedic in coverage, moving smoothly from discipline to discipline as though composed by multiple experts, the book explains why humanity must attain sustainability as its highest priority--and outlines the best ways to do it.--Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
An important, comprehensive and remarkably accessible book--a standout in a sea of jargon-laden titles that fail to explain and vivify this enormously complex topic.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
It is truly gratifying that an economist as distinguished as Jeffrey Sachs has authored The Age of Sustainable Development. His vast knowledge in the field and deep insights on various sectors of economic activity make him uniquely qualified to provide a view of the subject. Given the fact that almost a quarter-century has gone by since the Rio Summit of 1992, it is time for an authoritative volume such as the one Professor Sachs has authored for the benefit of global society.--Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, director-general, TERI; former chairman, IPCC
For those readers who share my concerns about sustainability and climate change, I'd like to recommend a book, The Age of Development by Jeffrey D. Sachs. . . . Sachs has gathered together pages of data and charts showing the interrelatedness of all aspects of life, such as education, health, nutrition, agriculture methods, pollution of all kinds, zoning and urban planning, demographics, climate and soil quality, making it a great reference.--Lenna Harding "Moscow-Pullman Daily News "
Above all, The Age of Sustainable Development is very much expected to benefit, in particular, young readers -
including students - as they endeavor to identify pathways forward in this new
age when one learns more about the subject of sustainable development.--Teaway Zehyoue Collins, Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences, Southern University "African and Asian Studies "