Last quote by Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs quotes
Whether it is Brexit or the U.S. elections or war in Syria or the refugee crises, these are impediments to longer-term strategic thinking, planning and action that we desperately need.
When countries have their planning conferences, when they discuss budgets, it is important that the SDGs are part of that. This is really about changing the direction of global finance and global politics .. (as) the normal way in which the world is changing is not safe and we can choose deliberately and cooperatively a different course.
The pope thanked the senator for coming to the meeting and for coming to speak about the moral economy. This was absolutely not political. This is a senator who for decades has been speaking about the moral economy.
There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier.
You know, it won't be China that will strangle us, it will be our own short-sightedness if it comes to pass. We're rich right now but we're so misusing our wealth. We were on a consumption binge, year in and year out. We still have huge budget deficits because our politicians tell the public 'we're going to cut your taxes' and they keep promising to cut the taxes! But how are we going to pay for government? And so we have a real risk of having reached an incredible level of affluence and then gradually handing it away.
The MDGs are achievable, at least in a technical sense, but we really need to accelerate, to change the trajectory. Up until now, the rich countries have talked a lot more than they've delivered.
To meet the three main health goals – saving mothers, saving children, fighting epidemic diseases – would require 40 billion dollars a year from the rich world. But we are a 40 trillion dollar annual income of those countries. So that amounts to one tenth of one percent of our income, that, if properly directed to build clinics, hire community health workers, get mosquito nets out, use anti-retroviral medicines and so forth, could enable comprehensive basic primary health care.