13 April 2005
Wednesday 13 April 2005 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Philip Dodd talks to the globe trotting American economist and visionary, Jeffrey Sachs, about his ideas to eradicate world poverty by 2025.
The global statistics on poverty make for depressing reading. Around 30,000 people - the same number as victims of the recent East Asian Tsunami - die every day due to treatable diseases like Malaria and general overwhelming poverty. The extreme poor (those who own less than a dollar a day) and the poor make up around 40 percent of humanity.
In 2000 every United Nations member state signed up to the Millennium Declaration, which included the commitment to halve the number of extreme poor by 2015. The hugely influential economist Jeffrey Sachs goes further. In his latest book, The End of Poverty , he claims we can end world poverty entirely, and by the year 2025.
Sachs, recently declared by Time Magazine to be one of the most influential leaders in the world, has advised an extraordinary range of politicians and nations - from Russia to Bolivia and the United Nations - and has become an international celebrity endorsed by rock stars and the media. In tonight's extended Night Waves interview, Philip Dodd talks to Jeffrey Sachs about his transformation from a market economist into a globe trotting celebrity and about his vision for eradicating poverty.
Jeffrey Sachs - in conversation with Philip Dodd - in an extended Night Waves interview tonight at 9.30pm on BBC Radio 3.
Presenter: Philip Dodd
Producer: Anthony Denselow
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffery Sachs is published by Penguin Books