Celebrating our 2023 honoree

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
A champion of a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
5:30-6 PM Reception; 6-8 PM Dinner
Kimpton Canary Hotel Santa Barbara

Our 37th Annual Evening for Peace will celebrate Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor at Columbia University and world-renowned expert on global issues and sustainability.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Photo credit: Gabriella C. Marino

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is widely recognized for bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges including the escape from extreme poverty, the global battle against human-induced climate change, international debt and financial crises, national economic reforms, and the control of pandemic and epidemic diseases.

Sachs serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic rank. Sachs was Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Co-Chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition, academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Honorary Distinguished Professor at Sunway University, and SDG Advocate for UN Secretary General António Guterres. From 2001-18, Sachs served as Special Advisor to UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan (2001-7), Ban Ki-moon (2008-16), and António Guterres (2017-18).

Sachs has authored and edited numerous books, including three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). Other books include To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable (2017), A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (2018), The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020), and most recently, Ethics in Action for Sustainable Development (2022).

Sachs is the 2022 recipient of the Tang Prize in Sustainable Development and was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He was twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. Sachs has received 42 honorary doctorates, and his recent awards include the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France, and the Order of the Cross from the President of Estonia.

Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Whenever I walk into the headquarters of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, I feel like I am in a museum devoted to peace and nuclear disarmament. Posters of events honoring the great figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, from the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Daniel Ellsberg, to Noam Chomsky, Setsuko Thurlow, Beatrice Fihn, Helen Caldicott, and so many others who have contributed enormously to the quest for a better world, hang on the walls throughout the building. They give me hope and inspiration to continue on this important journey. I couldn’t be more excited than to have us add Professor Jeffrey Sachs to this long list of renowned awardees and to honor him with our Distinguished Peace Leader Award.

Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes
President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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