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The unsustainable world we live in and essential steps for a better future were the focus of the 14th Prebisch lecture at UNCTAD, “Globalization in the Era of Environmental Crisis,” delivered by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute.

Through a critical overview of current attempts to minimize climate change impacts and improve economic growth, Sachs suggests a different trajectory for governments to follow. He advocates a global strategy of problem solving, public-private partnerships to spur technological transformation, reduction of population growth and support of a technical body to develop plausible solutions for each region and estimate implementation costs.