Video & Audio


Jeffrey Sachs Addresses Economic and Environmental Crises in Inaugural Lecture for Social Justice

posted 04/15/09

Watch Video


Jeffrey Sachs on Morning Joe

posted 03/17/09

Jeffrey Sachs discusses why agriculture is key to Africa

Watch Video


Global Capitalism with Jeffrey Sachs and Matthew Bishop

posted 03/17/09

Watch Video


Jeffrey Sachs on African Aid

posted 03/11/09

Jeffrey Sachs speaks with BBC Africa Slowdown at the IMF conference in Dar es Salaam.

Watch Video


Carnegie Council - Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

posted 03/04/09

Watch Video


Al Jazeera English with Riz Khan

posted 02/24/09

Social Backlash - as the economic crisis worsens will rising unemployment lead to more crime and racism around the world?

Part 1
Part 2



Click here to visit the Events Video page for more videos from 2008


Chicago Humanities Festival - Franke Lecture in Economics

On October 30, economist Jeffrey Sachs delivered the 2008 Franke Lecture in Economics as part of the 19th annual Chicago Humanities Festival.

Professor Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University as well as a full professor in both its School of International and Public Affairs and its School of Public Health, spoke of the enormous challenges of global poverty and climate change. Yet he also discussed actions he considers within reach for this country as well as for our partners overseas.

This annual lecture recognizes the significant contributions to the Chicago Humanities Festival made by its founder and chairman emeritus Richard J. Franke.

MP3 Audio



Ending the Darfur Crisis and Preventing the Next One

posted 11/24/06

Jeff Sachs speaks on Darfur

Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, spoke at Columbia yesterday with Jonathan Ledgard, African Correspondent at The Economist, about the crisis in Darfur.


Ending Global Poverty: Are We Meeting the UN Millennium Goals?

posted 09/12/06

Prof. Sachs speaks at World Bank

"The coming decade brings opportunities to cut world poverty by half. Billions more people could enjoy the fruits of the global economy. Tens of millions of lives can be saved," said Jeffrey D. Sachs at the Simon Fraser University President's Forum on October 7, 2005. "The practical solutions exist; all that is needed is action."

This dialogue examined progress on the United Nations Millennium Goals and the leadership required to respond to poverty in Africa and Asia. These goals will form a significant thematic context for the UN World Urban Forum to be convened in Vancouver in 2006.

Go to audio, video and event photos


Jeffrey's Policy

posted 09/12/06

Prof. Sachs speaks at World Bank

A 49-minute Dutch film on the poverty eradication work of Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute. Presented by VPRO.



Conference on International Governance Innovation

posted 12/20/05

video thumbnail

Keynote speaker at the CIGI'05 event. Prof. Sachs speaks about the third great challenge our world faces; extreme poverty.

October 22, 2005
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Theme: Emerging Economies

Video (Quicktime 7): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Audio only (MP3): Audio


The Millennium Development Goals: Lessons, Opportunities and Challenges

posted 05/25/05

video thumbnail

International Public Service Association’s (IPSA) Spring 2005 Conference.

In an effort to make strides in international development, the UN set targets in key areas such as poverty alleviation, reduction in child mortality, promotion of gender equality etc. to be completed by the year 2015. What is the logic behind the MDGs? Are they attainable by 2015? And what plans are in place for institutions and governments to work towards attaining the MDGs?

Real (3:09:18)

QuickTime (3:09:18)


Sachs to World Bank Staff: MDGs are Achievable

posted 03/25/05

Prof. Sachs speaks at World Bank

Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, told World Bank Group staff on March 22 that 2005 is a "pivotal year" for development, "the last chance we have to get the Millennium Development Goals on track."

Click HERE to watch footage of his speech (Real Video).



Concrete Measures For Advancing the Millennium Development Goals

posted 10/22/04

Speech at the World Affairs Council's recent 2004 Global Philanthropy Forum. Aired on KQED's "It's Your World" on Tuesday October 12, 2004

Download the transcript in PDF format

Real Player (57:39):

MP3 (57:39):


World Bank and Donors Must Change to Reach MDGs Says Jeff Sachs

posted 03/15/04

video still

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing global poverty by half by 2015 is possible, but only if the World Bank and the donor community change the way they do business, says Jeff Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and Special Advisor to UN General-Secretary Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs delivered a candid address to World Bank staff on March 1st during the opening session of the institution's Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) Week.

To visit the World Bank website page that contains a summary and video of his remarks, click HERE.


Global Health and the Economy

posted 02/25/04

video still

Jeffrey Sachs discusses the linkages between health and economic development at the Global Health Seminar Series. The GHSS was created by a committee of students and faculty advisors from the four Columbia University Medical Center schools to broaden the exposure of students to current global health issues and controversies, to confront the need to coordinate the health professions to solve a variety of global health problems, and to lead to the development of the global health core curriculum at each CUMC school.

Click HERE to visit the Medical Center's web site and watch the video.


Global Dialogue: Unknown Cities

posted 02/25/04

video still

The issues affecting cities in the face of rapid decentralization, democratization, and globalization are crucially important to developing countries, according to the specialists in urban development who participated in a videoconference that took place on February 25. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, addresses some of the challenges arising from rapid urbanization.

To visit the World Bank website page that contains a summary and video of his remarks, click HERE.


Ambitious Ideas to End World Hunger

posted 01/07/04

On NPR's Day to Day, David Hecht reports on efforts at the Earth Institute to end world hunger by 2015.
Click HERE to visit the NPR web site and listen to the story.


National security and global poverty

posted 01/05/04

Jeffrey Sachs speaks with Keith Porter on Common Ground, about the connection between National security and global poverty, and about the UN Millennium Development Goals. Common Ground is a weekly radio program on world affairs, airing nationwide. Click HERE to read the transcript or listen to the interview.



The Global Development Challenge

posted 08/07/03

video still

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute

Jeffrey Sachs addresses attendees at a July 2003 global development conference at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Click HERE for the conference web page.


The 2003 Barnard Summit: Women and Health

posted 07/07/03

video still

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute

Jeffrey Sachs argues that the United States and other developed nations must spend more to eradicate disease and poverty in the developing world, where poverty often means a complete lack of access to health care.

To view this video, please visit the Barnard Summit website page and scroll to the end of the page.


The Millennium Development Goals: Desirable, But Are They Achievable

posted 06/24/03

video still

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, called the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a contract between the rich and poor countries, not simply a scorecard of progress. Good governance in poor countries will help, but scaling up investments is what will help most. He noted the wealthy nations had pledge to put 1 percent of their GDP into development, but had yet to meet that pledge. The World Bank, he said, needs to put the MDGs at the core of Country Assistance Strategies and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.

To visit the World Bank website page that contains a summary and video of his remarks, click HERE.


Weapons of Mass Salvation

posted 05/27/03

International renowned macroeconomist Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, visited the World Bank in early April to discuss development in the post-Iraq war period. Sachs said the US Administration's emphasis on military solutions came at the expense of sustainable development for impoverished countries. He estimated the costs of the conflict and post-conflict period to be $200 billion, an amount he believes would save eight million lives annually over the next six years if spent on health care in the developing world. Sachs also said the US has the science, technology, and financial capacity to help the world achieve the Millennium Development Goals, but as of yet has not shown the political will to follow through on its commitments.

To visit the World Bank website page that contains the transcript and video of his remarks, click HERE.


"Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals: The Role of the International Biodiversity Community"

posted 03/26/03

video still

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Sachs' lecture inaugurates the three-day meeting "Biodiversity After Johannesburg" conference held at the Zoological Society of London on 2 March - 4 March, 2003. As Director of the UN Millennium Project, Sachs assesses the major challenges and opportunities facing the world in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals and looks at the role of the biodiversity community in accelerating progress towards them.

"Biodiversity After Johannesburg" is sponsored by:
The Equator Initiative, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,
The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Development Programme,
UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and the
UK Department for International Development

Real (1:43:30):

QuickTime (1:43:30):

Related links:


Globalization and Inequality

posted 03/18/03

video still

Jeffrey Sachs' remarks at the Globalization and Inequality panel discussion, including presentation materials.

Four of the world's leaders in economics and development, Columbia's Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Economics; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; George Soros, chairman, the Open Society Institute, and Mark Malloch-Brown, administrator, UN Development Program, debated open border trade-offs in "Globalization and Inequality."

Real (13:43):

QuickTime (13:43):

To watch video archives of the entire event, click HERE.

Video Produced by Columbia University's Office of Public Affairs and Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures.


Jeffrey Sachs Encourages Developed World to Match United States AIDS Spending in Africa

posted 03/06/03

video still

Impressed by President George W. Bush's State of the Union announcement to increase AIDS spending in Africa, Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs encourages Japan, Europe, and other developed countries to match the US's investment of $15bn over five years. According to Sachs, any investment towards fighting AIDS, including the one pledged by President Bush, should be put into the Global Fund, the most efficient and accountable way to fight AIDS. Sachs worked with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on creating the Global Fund as a multi-lateral approach to solving the AIDS pandemic.

Real (7:06):

QuickTime (7:06):


Earth Institute's Jeffrey Sachs Discusses new Student Global AIDS Campaign at Columbia University

posted 01/17/03

video still

(Nov. 14, 2002)

Real (15:49):

Quicktime (15:49):



Earth Institute's Scientific Agenda Central to Sustainable Development, Says Jeff Sachs

posted 05/07/02

video still

35,000 world citizens will focus on global sustainability this August in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jeffrey Sachs, the incoming Director of The Earth Institute, who will participate in Columbia's May 13 - 14, State of the Planet 2002 conference via videoconference, describes the road to Johannesburg.

Video produced by David Marks, Office of Public Affairs

Real (4:17):

QuickTime (4:17):


Jeff Sachs says economists have overlooked an important variable in achieving stability -- the environment. But not anymore…

posted 05/03/02

video still

Jeffrey Sachs, the new director of The Earth Institute, starting July 1, is getting up to speed on the science behind sustainability during his weekly visits to Columbia.

Video produced by David Marks, Office of Public Affairs

Real (4:06):

QuickTime (4:06):