Director of SDSN, world-renowned professor of economics and leader in sustainable development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs visited Melbourne in October 2018 to deliver a public lecture hosted by Monash University and SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific. The lecture, ‘A New Age of Sustainable Development – Australia, Asia and The World’ attracted close to 1000 guests, who listened to Professor Sachs discuss the sustainable development challenges we currently face, and explore both the opportunities and barriers to solving these challenges at an individual, local and global level. “This should be the work of every politician, business person and citizen around the world” he said.
Prior to his public lecture, Professor Sachs attended a reception at Melbourne Town Hall with members of SDSN AusNZPac and senior delegates from the City of Melbourne to discuss the role of cities in helping to achieve the SDGs and the important work of SDSN in developing and promoting solutions, policies and public education for sustainable development.
During his time in Melbourne, Professor Sachs also received an Honorary Doctorate, appeared as a guest panellist on ABC TV’s popular Q&A program, opened a two-day symposium for early career researchers hosted by SDSN AusNZPac and Future Earth Australia, and much more.
We at SDSN AusNZPac hope that Professor Sachs’ stay in Melbourne was as enriching for him as it was for us, and anticipate his next visit to the region.