Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Global Director, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network(UN SDSN) and Senior United Nations Advisor, visited Greece to mobilize the Sustainability Transition of the country and explore Aristotelian Epistemology and Ethics.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, a world-renowned Professor of Economics, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries, recently visited Greece together with , Dr. Sonia Sachs, Director, Health Sector, Centre for Sustainable Development. During his stay he attended a two week programme organized by UN SDSN Greece, co-chaired byProfessor Phoebe Koundouri(Athens University of Economics and Business, President Elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Director of EIT Climate KIC Greece)andProfessor Andreas Papandreou(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), and UN SDSN Black Sea, chaired by Professor Nicolaos Theodossiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty, is developing an extremely interesting humanistic economic model, based on the principles of Aristotle’s ethics, as we find them in his treatises, Nicomachean Ethics and Eudemian Ethics.

From July 29thto August 2nd2019 a Symposium titled “Neo-Classical Economics Reconsidered within Plato’s and Aristotle’s Epistemological and Ethical Framework”organised by UN SDSN Greece, co-chaired byProfessor Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, andProfessor Andreas Papandreou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and hosted at the historical library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, curtesy of the Panos Laskaridis family.

The symposium was led by Professor Nikitas Pittis, University of Piraeus and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University , while among the significant contributors were Professor Stelios Virvidakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Professor Yannis IoannidisNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Director of Athena Research and Innovation Center, Professor Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, Professor Andreas Papandreou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Director, Health Sector, Centre for Sustainable Development, Adam Sachs, author, Lydia Papadaki, researcher and Sotiris Drosis, researcher.

During the Symposium, Plato’s and Aristotle’s main theories have been revisited in order to assess their potential for reforming the Neoclassical Economics paradigm towards including Aristotelian Ethics. UN SDSN endeavors that this Symposium becomes an annual interdisciplinary academic event,  bringing together world experts that aim to develop an interdisciplinary framework based on Aristotelian Epistemology and Ethics, within in which the implementation of UN Agenda 2030for Sustainable Development will be facilitated.

Lastly, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and selected seminar participants, were treated by Mr. Panos Laskaridis, President European Community Shipowners’ Associations,Laskaridis Shipping Company LTDand Lavinia Bulk Limitedand Mrs Suzanna Laskaridis, Aikaterini Laskaridis FoundationLaskaridis Shipping Company LTDand Lavinia Bulk Limitedat a dinner meeting, where discussions focused on Sustainability Transition of the Shipping Industry, in particular, and Sustainable Blue Growth, in general.