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The Age of Sustainable Development

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Edited By: Yara Sameh
In this brief yet profound address to global humanity، His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet reveals that we all hold the seeds of world peace within us: “I see with ever greater clarity that our spiritual well-being depends،” the Nobel Peace Prize winner writes، “on our innate human nature، our natural affinity for goodness، compassion، and caring for others.”

Already a major international bestseller، An Appeal to the World، the new book by one of the most revered spiritual leaders of our time، outlines both the inward and outward paths to peace، addressing a wide range of contemporary topics—from the rise of nationalism، Trump presidency، refugee crisis، climate catastrophes، and materialism to meditation، universal ethics، and even neuroscience. Here is a small book that can truly change the world.

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.

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Paperback: 544 pages
Authors:Jeffrey D. Sachs، and Ban Ki-moon
Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 3، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.6 x 9 inches

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.

Editorial 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)

An important، comprehensive and remarkably accessible book―a standout in a sea ofjargon-laden titles that fail to explain and vivify this enormously complex topic (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

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)

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 quartercentury 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)

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)

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