Background on Sachs via “United Socialist Nations” http://scienceandpublicpolicy.
In 2009, Sachs addressed the annual conference of the Party of European Socialists: http://vimeo.com/8673040He described the “profound honour “ of addressing the Party of European Socialists and said they were heirs and leaders of the most successful economic and political system in the world, Social Democracy. Social equity, environmental sustainability and fiscal re-distribution were the successful elements, in marked contrast to the US whose taxes were too low and where the poor were ignored.He asked for PES leadership “for the sake of the world” on social principles, financial regulation and solidarity with the poor. In advance of Copenhagen, he claimed that millions were suffering because of drought caused by western induced climate change and a carbon levy was needed.He singled out the US as the biggest emitter of CO2 per capita and said it must spend more to save the planet. He promoted the UN Millennium Development Goals and the global target of 0.7% of GDP to fund development. He wants a carbon tax and a financial transactions tax, a global health fund, a global education fund and a global climate fund.Earth Institute at Columbia- Jeffrey Sachs – DirectorMembers of the external advisory board include George Soros and Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC chairman.Soros has funded Sachs via his Open Society Institute. Pachauri is also a member of the Earth Institute’s Commission on Education for International Development Professionals and on the board of their International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Pachauri and Sachs are also co-chairs of the Indian Commission (Council) on Sustainable Development. http://www.icsusdev.org/