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2015 Holds Best Opportunity To Work Toward Sustainable Development

Project Syndicate: The Year of Sustainable Development
Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on the Millennium Development Goals

“The year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development. … In July 2015, world leaders will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to chart reforms of the global financial system. In September 2015, they will meet again to approve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide national and global policies to 2030. And in December 2015, leaders will assemble in Paris to adopt a global agreement to head off the growing dangers of human-induced climate change, pollution, water depletion, and the extinction of countless species. … Agreements at next year’s three summits will not guarantee the success of sustainable development, but they can certainly orient the global economy in the right direction. The chance will not come along again in our generation” (12/9).