We have six months to save the world, says leading economist

Three key meetings set for July, September and November represent ‘our generation’s best chance to get on track’, says UN special adviser Jeffrey Sachs

Decisions made by the world’s governments at a series of meetings over the next six months will be crucial in safeguarding the future of the planet, one of the world’s most respected economists has said.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the UN special adviser and director of The Earth Institute who is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on international development, told The Independent that three key meetings set for July, September and November represented “our generation’s best chance to get on track”.

The economist identified the Financing For Development meeting in Addis Ababa, the adoption of new Sustainable Development Goals in New York and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris as vital in setting a global course of action to end poverty and protect the environment.

“We are now right at that moment,” Professor Sachs said. “The time has finally arrived – we’ve been talking about these six months for many years but we’re now here. This is certainly our generation’s best chance to get on track. Such diplomatic opportunities only come around every decade or so, and here they are all aligned in six months. We need to be successful.”

Full article: We have six months to save the world, says leading economist (The Independent)

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