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The 2007 Lectures are given by one of the world's foremost economists, Professor Jeffrey Sachs.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Evan Davis The audio webchat took place at 8.45pm on Wednesday 9 May 2007. Evan Davis, the BBC's economics editor, put questions from the public to Prof. Sachs about his proposals fro reform. You can listen to it again below.

Listen to the audio webchat again

The Lectures are also available on the BBC World Service website
Lecture 2 Lecture 5: Global Politics in a Complex Age

The key political novelty of our age is mass political awareness and mobilization. Mass mobilization has brought the Age of Empire to an end, and accounts for the failures in Iraq. Social mobilization can be a dramatic force for positive change.
Join the debate at 'If beating global warming is so simple, why are we waiting? '
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Click here to get more information about the Reith lectures 2007: Bursting at the Seams The Lectures Outlined

Jeffrey Sachs argues that the world faces challenges on an unprecedented scale - the destruction of the planet through global warming, terrorism, extreme poverty, disease and bad governance. Discover more and about the solutions he offers.
Click here to get more information about Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. Lecturer: Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Professor Jeffrey Sachs is an internationally-renowned economist and advisor to many governments around the world. Find out more about the 2007 Reith Lecturer.
Click here to get more information about the lecture schedule The schedule

Full information about the recording locations and transmission details for the 2007 Reith Lectures.
Click here to go the  internet links and further reading page Further reading and links

Find out more about the issues which will be raised in this year's lectures by using the links and reading list.
Click here to get more information about Sue Lawley. Presenter: Sue Lawley

The Reith Lectures will be introduced and chaired by Sue Lawley, best-known to Radio 4 listeners as the former presenter of Desert Island Discs.
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Lecture audio and transcripts will be available after each broadcast. Each lecture will be available as an MP3 download for 7 days after the first broadcast.

Lecture 1: Wednesday 11 April 2007, 9am
  • Bursting at the Seams

  • Lecture 2: Wednesday 18 April, 8pm
  • Survival in the Anthropocene

  • Lecture 3: Wednesday 25 April, 8pm
  • The Great Convergence

  • Lecture 4: Wednesday 2 May, 8pm
  • Economic Solidarity for a Crowded Planet

  • Lecture 5: Wednesday 9 May, 8pm
  • Global Politics in a Complex Age.


    You can use the following links to find out more about issues raised by the lectures:
  • Jeffrey Sachs
  • Climate change
  • UN and International Relations
  • Globalization
  • Poverty

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