Dr. Sachs spoke to the purpose of Sustainable Development Goals, namely to find commonalities and to draw the attention of the "global brain" to the issues facing all of us at this critical time. He told us it is time to balance economic, social and environmental development and to plan for the future we want. The future cannot be left to market forces
We can move to achieve the SDGs by eliminating waste, by promoting public understanding and by moving governments to include the goals in their planning for the future. The world needs a multi-stakeholder process that includes the universities. Education is more important than ever as it is not true that we know how to eliminate poverty but just do not have the will. The best minds need to study and engage in research on the issues in the Goals. The Partnership for Global Justice is clearly on target with its efforts to collaborate with colleges.
Dr. Sachs would like to see every 5th grader around the world know what the SDGs mean for him or her. We also need to know what these goals mean for us. We need to be knowledgeable. One way to do this is to read and discuss Dr. Sachs book, The Age of Sustainability; another is to read and discuss the UN Chronicle, Vol. LI, #4, 2014 on the Sustainable Develpment Goals. Let us challenge ourselves and think seriously about how we can achieve the goals for sustainable development and the world view articulated by people throughout the world.