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Jeffrey Sachs Awarded 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for Leading Transdisciplinary Sustainability Science PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2022 17:55

The Tang Prize, an international academic award set up to create a better world for all of humanity, is poised to announce its 2022 laureates in Taipei in four consecutive days starting June 18. In the first press conference, the Foundation introduced to the public winner of the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development: Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. A world-renowned professor in economics who has made great contributions to the establishment and promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Prof. Sachs served as Special Advisor to three UN Secretaries-General, and is currently Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University as well as President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is awarded for “leading transdisciplinary sustainability science and creating the multilateral movement for its applications from village to nation and to the world,” according to the selection committee’s citation.

At the moment, mankind as a whole is confronted with many tough challenges, including environmental pollution, extreme weather events, energy crisis, the shock to our physical, social and economic wellbeing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and food shortages and raging inflation exacerbated by the regional confrontation. As an eminent economist of international distinction, Prof. Sachs has conducted ground-breaking research in many areas, such as debt crises, hyperinflations, transition from central planning to market economies, and eradication of extreme poverty. Moreover, when addressing complex issues related to global sustainable development, he combined the fields of global economics, public health, equity and sustainability to pioneer a multidisciplinary approach to solving these problems, transforming sustainable development into an integrated field of study and practice. His outstanding scholarship, advice to world leaders, educational innovation, and efforts in the global advocacy and realization of sustainable development have proven him to be a true leader of great vision, of profound influence, and imbued with deep humanistic concern.

With regard to the innovative transdisciplinary approach Prof. Sachs pioneered, an example can be found in his engagement with the Millennium Project, which he chaired on behalf of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2002 to 2006. He was tasked with developing a concrete action plan to attain the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)[i], and he demonstrated how it can be done by using best practices in science, technology, and public policy. Moreover, Prof. Sachs was also in charge of the UN Millennium Village Project (MVP), which was implemented from 2006-2015 after the UN General Assembly adopted the key recommendations of the Millennium Project at a special session in September 2005. The MVP aimed to help rural Africa and was carried out in ten countries including Senegal, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. During these ten years, a range of notable successes were achieved, from raising agricultural production to reducing child stunting, and cutting child mortality rates. Lives of more than half a million people were changed as a consequence. Its key concepts of integrating rural development to achieve the MDGs are now being adopted by many other countries to help support national anti-poverty programs.

With regard to promoting the UN SDGs[ii], Prof. Sachs began his engagement from their very inception when the idea was first broached at the “Rio+20” conference in June 2012 and offered his help based on this experience of implementing MDGs. The SDGs are the blueprint for creating a more sustainable future for all. They address many global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, and environmental degradation. To overcome these problems, 17 goals, such as “no poverty,” “good health and well-being,” “reduced inequalities,” “climate action,” and “life below water” have been set. They are subdivided into 169 targets and 232 indicators to measure and track the global progress toward these goals. Prof. Sachs’ fruitful pursuit of the MDGs, and his tireless work in front of and behind the scenes at Rio+20 made an important contribution in persuading nations to forge a consensus on adopting the 17 SDGs as the successor to the MDGs.

To promote the SDGs, also in 2012, Prof. Sachs led a global consortium of universities and think tanks under the auspices of then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which functions as the largest global knowledge-based think tank to help countries achieve the SDGs. The SDSN has produced many highly influential reports, conducted academic studies, offered online courses, and held hundreds of SDG-related meetings around the world each year. The SDSN now has over 1600 member institutions in 47 networks across 137 countries.

With regard to combating anthropogenic climate change, Prof. Sachs saw the crucial importance of a long-term policy framework for climate control. He headed a global study on “deep decarbonization” which resulted in the highly influential “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization” report. The report lays out concrete and viable plans regarding issues like energy transition, industrial transformation, technological innovation, and governance mechanisms to enable 15 major carbon emitters to achieve deep decarbonization. Presented to Ban Ki-moon in September 2014, the report demonstrates how, during the decades leading to 2050, these 15 countries can find their own pathways to decarbonization that are compatible with their economic growth targets and technically feasible. Subsequently, many countries have taken on board this idea and designed their deep decarbonization pathways.

Prof. Sachs’ participation in the promotion of the Paris Agreement has been equally vital. He has long helped to formulate core policy concepts for global climate control as a scholar and an academic leader. During the intensive phase of negotiating the Agreement, he worked behind the scenes with France, the US, and many other governments to support the design and adoption of the Paris Agreement. The SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change have been hailed as the two essential pillars for the world to achieve sustainable development, and Prof. Sachs has played a unique role in both.

With regard to offering suggestions to leaders of different countries, as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty, Prof. Sachs has advised many heads of states and governments on complex economic challenges, including ending high inflations (Bolivia, Peru, Poland), negotiating debt relief (Bolivia, Brazil, Poland, and others), adopting market economic reforms (Poland, Russia), introducing new national currencies (Estonia, Slovenia), promoting regional development (China), and scaling up health systems (Ethiopia, Ghana, India, and many others). He has been awarded by several countries their highest honors for his board-based support of their economic reforms.

About Jeffrey Sachs

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, Jeffrey Sachs got his BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1980s. In less than four years’ time became a Professor of Economics with tenure at Harvard. He served as Director of the Center for Sustainable Development in the Earth Institute of Columbia University and Special Advisor to three UN Secretaries-General. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor (by decree of the president of the French Republic), the Sustainable Development Leadership Award from India’s TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), and Japan’s Blue Planet Award. He has also received 38 honorary degrees from universities all over the world. The papers and books he has published number in the hundreds, including three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

About the Tang Prize

Since the advent of globalization, mankind has been able to enjoy the convenience brought forth by the advancement of human civilization and science. Yet a multitude of challenges, such as climate change, the emergence of new infectious diseases, wealth gap, and moral degradation, have surfaced along the way. Against this backdrop, Dr. Samuel Yin established the Tang Prize in December 2012. It consists of four award categories, namely Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and Rule of Law. Every other year, four independent and professional selection committees, comprising many internationally renowned experts, scholars, and Nobel winners, choose as Tang Prize laureates people who have influenced and made substantive contributions to the world, regardless of ethnicity, nationality or gender. A cash prize of NT$50 million (approx. US$1.7 million) is allocated to each category, with NT$10 million (approx. US$ 0.35 million) of it being a research grant intended to encourage professionals in every field to examine mankind’s most urgent needs in the 21st century, and become leading forces in the development of human society through their outstanding research outcomes and active civic engagement.

[i] The 8 MDGs are: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. 2. Achieve universal primary education. 3. Promote gender equality and empower women. 4. Reduce child mortality. 5. Improve mental health. 6.Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. 7. Ensure environmental sustainability. 8. Develop a global partnership for development.

[ii] The 17 SDGs are: 1. No poverty. 2. Zero hunger. 3. Good health and well-being. 4. Quality education. 5. Gender equality. 6. Clean water and sanitation. 7. Affordable and clean energy. 8. Decent work and economic growth. 9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure. 10. Reduced inequalities. 11. Sustainable cities and communities. 12. Responsible consumption and production. 13. Climate action. 14. Life below water. 15. Life on land. 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions. 17. Partnerships for the goals.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2022 14:25
6/18 Announcement of the 2022 Tang Prize Laureates PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 June 2022 13:43

【Sustainable Development】
Established in Taiwan, the Tang Prize has grown to be one of the most important awards in the world. On June 18, the 2022 Tang Prize laureates in Sustainable Development will be announced in the press conference starting at 10a.m. (GMT+8) Taipei time. The live stream will also be available on our official website. Please share our good news with your members and join us online in watching the announcement and witnessing this historical event.
Guest List:
✅Dr. Shu Chien
(President of Tang Prize Selection Committee)
✅ Dr. Chao-Han Liu
✅ Dr. Chi-Yuan Liang
(National Central University)
✅ Prof. Jough-Tai Wang
(National Central University)
✅ Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern
(CEO, Tang Prize Foundation)
☑️ Announcement of laureate(s):
☑️Live Stream on Tang Prize Website:
Speech of Welcome (MC) & Address from Tang Prize Found. CEO Dr. Chern
Announcement of Laureate(s)
Intro. to Laureate(s) and Prize Citation
End of Part I (MC)
5-minute break
Part II, Announcement in Chinese
Speech of Welcome (MC) & Address from Tang Prize Found. CEO Dr. Chern
Announcement of Laureate(s)
Intro. to Laureate(s) and Prize Citation
End of the Announcement


Collected papers of the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Long-term Tasks of the Engineering Science" dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the USSR Academy of Engineering, the International Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Engineering were published PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:14

Collected papers of the International Scientific and Practical Conference on May 13, 2021 - "Long-term Tasks of the Engineering Science", dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the USSR Academy of Engineering, International Engineering Academy, Russian Academy of Engineering were published in March, 2022.

The Collection contains articles by the presidents of engineering academies of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, heads and specialists of chapters and representative offices of the IAE in Belarus, Slovenia and Taiwan, as well as members of the International Academy of Engineering.


At the conference the Honorary President of the IAE Samuel Yen-Liang Ying delivered a speech titled "New Trends in the Technological Development of Taiwan’s Construction Industry", then Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern, president of the Taiwan Chapter of the IAE (TCIAE) gave a talk on “Tang Prize, 2020 Laureates and COVID-19 Reflection.” Articles of Taiwanese specialists are also included in the Collection, including "Microalgal Energy: Challenges and Perspectives" co-authored by prof. Duu-Jong Lee, Jo-Shu Chang, and "Advancement of Earthquake Mitigation in Taiwan" co-authored by prof. Shyh-Jiann Hwang, Kuo-Chun Chang and Keh-Chyuan Tsai.


"Long-term Tasks of the Engineering Science" Download full version

Samuel Yen-Liang Ying, "New Trends in the Technological Development of Taiwan’s Construction Industry" English version Russian version

Duu-Jong Lee, Jo-Shu Chang, "Microalgal Energy: Challenges and Perspectives" English version Russian version

Shyh-Jiann Hwang, Kuo-Chun Chang and Keh-Chyuan Tsai, "Advancement of Earthquake Mitigation in Taiwan" English version Russian version



Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 11:04
Congratulate! Professor Tsai Keh-Chyuan was elected as a International member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2022 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 20:28




Tsai Keh-Chyuan, distinguished professor of Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University


According to the announcement by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on February 9 in the United States, Professor Tsai Keh-Chyuan, member of the TCIAE, was elected as an International Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2022.

Professor Tsai Keh-Chyuan is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering of National Taiwan University, a former director of the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, and an International member of International Academy of Engineering (IAE) in 2020.

The reason for selection announced by NAE is " For international leadership and contributions to earthquake engineering research and design of steel structures."





Successful 2020 Tang Prize Award Ceremony Highlights Laureates’ Achievements and Influence PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 November 2021 10:05


The 2020 Tang Prize Award Ceremony took place virtually at 2p.m. (GMT+8) on November 20. Eight 2020 recipients of the prize from seven countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Singapore, Bangladesh, Colombia, and Lebanon, attended this heartwarming event remotely, where they were greeted with congratulations and applause from audiences all over the world. The Tang Prize Foundation would like to thank everyone participating online, sharing with us this glorious and joyful occasion, and witnessing together the celebration of the outstanding achievements and the international influence of eight laureates considered by many as pioneers in their respective fields.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern, CEO of the Tang Prize Foundation, explained that the COVID pandemic that engulfed the entire world in 2020 had disrupted the plans the Foundation previously worked out. Though Dr. Samuel Yin, founder of the Tang Prize Foundation, had hoped that once the pandemic receded, the 2020 laureates could travel to Taiwan to receive the awards and take part in a series of activities, the fact that the virus continues to wreak havoc worldwide in 2021 has led the Foundation to finally decide to hold a virtual award ceremony and welcome our friends from every corner of the world to join us in recognizing and honoring the laureates’ remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions. Dr. Chern also expressed his gratitude for the president and members of the Selection Committee, as well as experts and scholars who were involved in the selection process, citing their professionalism, meticulousness, unbiased judgement and great vision as reasons the best candidates could be selected as winners.

Sustainable Development laureate Dr. Jane Goodall joined the ceremony via video link from her home in the U.K. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Goodall thanked “the efforts and friendship of so many amazing people along the way,” especially “the staff, the volunteers and the boards of the Jane Goodall Institutes (JGIs) around the world.” With regard to many global problems facing us today, such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the COVID pandemic, Dr. Goodall assured us that every JGI was doing their best to tackle them. She also praised the JGI in Taiwan for their excellent work and great accomplishment, adding that she would use the prize money to fund JGIs’ many projects, specially the Roots & Shoots, a program designed to empower young people and now being run in 65 countries.

Dr. Charles Dinarello, one of the three winners of the prize in Biopharmaceutical Science, attended the ceremony through video conferencing from his workplace at the University of Colorado. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Dinarello spoke about feeling “very fortunate” to be in the position of witnessing the development of research on IL-1, which has helped “lift the burden of disease.” He also acknowledged many scientists whose contributions have made “IL-1 blocking therapeutics” and other “therapeutic innovations” possible. Finally, he encouraged young researchers to stay positive, “have ethical considerations and caution,” and dedicate themselves to their work. All the efforts will eventually pay off, because “science,” he asserted, “has no boundaries.”

Making his acceptance speech from the garden in his house in the U.K., Dr. Marc Feldmann, another recipient of the 2020 prize in Biopharmaceutical Science, pointed out that “news of this award came last year, during the pandemic,” to which many people had lost their lives. But it was an “opportune” moment, as the research of three 2020 laureates in Biopharmaceutical Science is about inflammation, which “is what kills patients with severe COVID.” Therefore, he was pleased to see the discoveries they made being used in clinical trials for the treatment of COVID patients. Receiving the prize also made him reflect on his life, and give thanks to his colleagues and family. Because of their support, he could have “the opportunity to change the world for the better, for millions of patients.”

Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto, also an awardee of the prize in Biopharmaceutical Science, received his prizes remotely in Japan. Speaking from Osaka University’s Immunology Frontier Research Center, he noted the significance of the recognition from the Tang Prize for his lifelong research on IL-6, which resulted in the development of the drug, tocilizumab, now being used in more than 100 countries to ease the pain of millions of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Winner of the prize for Sinology Prof. Wang Gungwu gave his acceptance speech through a video call from the National University of Singapore. Pointing out that Sinology as a field deserves further exploration and hoping that “the award of the Tang Prize” would “draw more attention to the value of Sinic civilization to the betterment of the human condition,” he also commended Dr. Samuel Yin “for his wisdom and generosity in establishing the Tang Prize,” particularly for his insight that led to the prize in Sinology.

Representatives from three NGOs that were awarded the prize for Rule of Law, Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Prof. Vivian Newman Pont of Dejusticia: The Center for Law, Justice and Society, and Ms. Ghida Frangieh of The Legal Agenda, went online at their homes or offices to receive the awards. Appreciating how the recognition from the Tang Prize has given non-governmental organizations a much-needed boost, they promised to continue the fight for social and environmental justice, for the rights of marginalized groups, and for important issues such as judicial independence, in order to uphold the principles of the rule of law. Winning the Tang Prize has given them renewed impetus to keep soldiering on, and regardless of how difficult the challenges and circumstances are, they know they would persist in their pursuit of progress and innovation.

With the enthusiastic participation of audiences around the globe, the first virtual Tang Prize Award Ceremony has come to a successful end. We hope life will return to normal in the coming year so that an in-person award ceremony can be held in Taiwan, a tradition of the Tang Prize that has been observed since 2014.


To relive the inspiring moments of this ceremony and witness again the charm of the eight 2020 laureates, please visit our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/lN0ADXBNT-Q for Chinese subtitles, or https://youtu.be/56GwDm3EL0g for English subtitles.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2021 10:11

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