Jeffrey D. Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, will be honored with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 2023 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award at the 37th Annual Evening for Peace.

This year’s event will be Wednesday, Oct. 18 on the rooftop of the Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara.

The award has been presented annually since 1984 to an individual who has demonstrated courageous leadership in the cause of peace.

Sachs is university professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is president of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; co-chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition; and academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican.

He has been special advisor to three United Nations secretaries-general, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres.

Sachs spent some 20 years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He holds 42 honorary doctorates, and his recent awards include the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, the Legion of Honor by decree of the president of the Republic of France, and the Order of the Cross from the president of Estonia.

The Evening for Peace is designed to inspire the next generation of young leaders to work toward achieving a more just and peaceful world. It also raises funds to support the foundation’s work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Students from local colleges and high schools will attend this year’s event, thanks to sponsors who have underwritten the cost of their tickets.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner, an award presentation, and remarks by Sachs.

For more, visit or call the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 805-965-3443.