He will be on the opening speaker in the session concerning climate and environmental challenges, which is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 27 August.
– We’re very pleased that Prof. Sachs has confirmed his participation, says conference manager, May-Lis Thorsson. – His presence helps to add even greater weight to the programme.
Professor of health policy and management at Columbia has been concerned with the economic position of poor nations and is an advocate of cancelling Third World debt.
He is also co-founder and president of the Millenium Promise Alliance, a non-profit organization working to end extreme global poverty and a special advisor to UN secretary-general Ban Kimoon.
Time magazine acclaimed Prof. Sachs as one of the world’s 100 most influential leaders in 2004 and 2005, and he was presented with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award by the Indian government in 2007.
Ms. Thorsson can also announce that Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) will be among those addressing the conference.
She is expecting to be able to present a number of other high-profile speakers, who will be covering a range of issues within the main ONS 2008 theme of energy for one world.