Professor Jeffery Sachs visits Yemen to discuss Yemen’s progress Towards achieving the millennium development goals [Archives:2005/856/Front Page]

July 4 2005

(Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen)30 June 2005))Prof. Jeffery D. Sachs, the Director of the UN Millennium Project, Director of the Earth Institute at Colombia University and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, is arriving Sana'a on Friday, 1 July 2005, on an official mission to discuss progress on Yemen's preparation of its scaled up, five-year Third National Development Plan for Poverty Reduction 2006-2010.

The mission comes in the context of Yemen's selection as one of eight countries worldwide and the only country in the Arab world to benefit from the technical support of the UN Millennium Project to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The visit also takes place prior to the G8 Summit in Scotland and before the UN General Assembly's Millennium Summit +5 in September and presents an excellent opportunity to provide an additional high-level visibility to Yemen's commitment to achieving the MDGs. During his visit, Prof. Sachs will meet with the highest ranked Government officials, UN System organizations, the donor community as well as the technical thematic working groups that worked on Yemen's needs assessments which aim to identify the investments that need to be in place for Yemen to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

Professor Sachs is a senior international economist known for his work with international organizations on issues related to poverty reduction, debt relief and fighting diseases, particularly for the developing world. Sachs' research interests include the links of health and development, economic geography and globalization. He has also conducted research on transition to market economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, international financial markets, international macroeconomic policy coordination, emerging markets, economic development and growth, global competitiveness and macroeconomic policies in developing and developed countries.

He was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the Time Magazine in 2004 and 2005. Moreover, the World Affairs Council of America identified him as one of the 500 most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy. In February 2002 Nature Magazine stated that Sachs “has revitalized public health thinking since he brought his financial mind to it.” In 1993 he was cited in The New York Times Magazine as “probably the most important economist in the world” and called in Time Magazine's 1994 issue on 50 promising young leaders “the world's best-known economist.” His syndicated newspaper column appears in more than 50 countries around the world, and he is a frequent contributor to major publications such as the New York Times, the Financial Times of London, and The Economist magazine.