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Sachs to discuss climate change, April 12

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will speak on the need for improved international climate change initiatives at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Bowen Hall Auditorium.

Sachs' talk, designated as the 2007 Taplin Environmental Lecture, is titled "Negotiating the Post-Kyoto Climate Change Framework." He will discuss the failures of the Kyoto Protocol, a proposed framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions among industrialized nations, and call for a new, long-term agreement among all countries to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change.

Sachs, an acclaimed international economist, is a leading voice for combining economic development with environmental sustainability. He is a special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was a special adviser to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, an international initiative to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by 2015.

Sachs also is president and co-founder of the Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty. He has written or edited many books, including the best-selling "The End of Poverty."

The lecture is sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute.

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