Apr 22

Past Event

Common Wealth: Economic Possibilities for a Crowded Planet

Event Materials



  • Lael Brainard

    Brainard says the nation needs to face up to the dire challenges affecting our climate, food supply and economy, but she says there are many reasons to be optimistic.

    Lael Brainard

  • Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

    In examining the changes affecting every country around the world, Dr. Sachs says it will take thoughtful leadership to manage the stresses on our economies and the environment.


On April 22, Global Economy and Development at Brookings hosted a luncheon discussion with Dr. Jeff Sachs and distinguished panelists. The conversation centered on how global leaders and a new U.S. administration might utilize new approaches to resolve some of the globe’s most pressing problems, including environment and climate change, population growth, extreme poverty and global governance.

Dr. Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, was the keynote speaker and shared ideas from his latest book, “Common Wealth: Economic Possibilities for a Crowded Planet.” On the panel, he was joined by Lael Brainard, Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development, Brookings; Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, Vice President of the Africa Region, World Bank; and Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future. Bob Davis, International Economics Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, moderated.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

    • Bob Davis

      International Economics Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

  • Featured Speaker

    • Jeff Sachs

      Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General

      Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

  • Panelists


April 22, 2008

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


For More Information

Brookings Office of Communications

(202) 797-6105