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International Environmentalist Felix Dodds Returns to Derbyshire to Campaign for Liberal Democrats
In another indication that Liberal Democrats are succeeding at recruiting accomplished candidates and expanding the party beyond the established roster of traditional political affiliations, East Midlands Liberal Democrats have announced that international policy expert and environmentaladvocate Felix Dodds is returning to Derbyshire to stand for the Mid-Derby constituency Member of Parliament in the next general election.
A prolific author and editor, Dodds’ ability to communicate complex issues plainly and powerfully would make him a valuable asset to Lib Dems’ delegation in Parliament.
Dodds, who was born in the Derby suburb of Allestree, has spent much of the past three decades negotiating policy in the corridors of the United Nations, helping coordinate sustainable policy initiatives, and working closely with governments, businesses and activists.
He has worked on negotiations on issues ranging from plastics pollution to tourism, and from green financing to climate change. Dodds has established himself as one of only a handful of UN experts who have successfully collaborated not only with governments and UN agencies but also with the full spectrum of policy stakeholders – private businesses, trade unions, scientists, local governments and NGOs representing environmental, economic and social justice constituencies.
“Given his considerable experience in international negotiations and his expertise in specific environmental and finance issues, Felix Dodds will add valuable depth to Liberal Democrats knowledge and capabilities. He would be a welcome addition to Lib Dems’ delegation in Westminster,” says neighboring Amber Valley candidate Kate Smith.
“Felix’s skills will make him an invaluable partner in navigating the complicated geopolitical currents the UK faces – not only with the EU, but on the even more existential issue of climate change, which the UK will rapidly need to address soon after Brexit is resolved.”
Paddy Ashdown, the much-loved former Liberal Democrat leader (and former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina) who passed away last year had worked with Dodds. He then said: “Felix has been a key advisor to me on environmental matters and I have valued his assistance, knowledge and campaigning skill.”
Professor Paul Ekins OBE, University College London Director of Institute for Sustainable Resources Co-Chair of UN's Global Environment Outlook report (GEO-6) former Chair of the Green Party Executive
“I have known Felix for over thirty years. He has always been campaigning on the critical environmental and sustainable development issues of the time. He has worked at the local level developing local sustainability plans and local sustainable development indicators. He has worked at the national level on issues such as acid rain, and internationally on climate change and how to make our cities and towns more sustainable.
I consider that he would bring to the position of MP for Mid Derbyshire a real understanding of the critical challenges we are facing and, more importantly, what some of the solutions could be for the local area.”
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While the Heads of State were meeting in New York for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Summit I had the chance to meet up with former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and give him a copy of my new book 'Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear.
August saw the published of the paper: Misaligned SDG Targets: How to Handle Target Dates Before 2030; written with Jamie Bartram and Gastón Ocampo.
FULL paper downloadable from Juniper Publishers - International Journal of Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources (IJESNR)here
Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the 193-member states of the United Nations in September 2015. It includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are accompanied by 169 targets, 107 of which are considered output targets and 62 are designated ‘means of implementation’.
While the SDGs are associated with the period 2016 - 2030, twenty-three targets (14%) have dates for completion before 2030. For twenty of those targets the date is 2020 and for the remaining three it is 2025. The affected targets are associated with 232 individual indicators. Not addressing the issues that arise because of this has the potential to create two classes of targets.
In most cases other UN processes will recommend continuation, modification, abandonment or replacement of expiring targets - outside the SDG framework. The updating of targets outside the SDG framework and therefore the emergence of two classes of targets has the potential to threaten the overall cohesion of the SDG enterprise; and there is some risk that resources will benefit one class of targets, those within the SDG framework, over the other, regardless of whether target conditions have been achieved.
The time window to prepare for the earliest-expiring target (2020) is short. We identify four option-types and summarize their pros and cons. None is perfect and some blend of them may be preferable. For all affected targets, monitoring is in hand within the SDG framework and in several cases established or potential processes would facilitate analysis and decision making as to abandonment, renewal, modification or replacement of targets and associated indicators.
“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.”
Keywords: Sustainable development; Maternal mortality; Technological expertise; Future Abbreviations: MDGs: Millennium Development Goals; SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals; ACC: Administrative Coordination Committee; CEB: Chief Executives Board; OWG: Open Working Group; INC: Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee; WSSD: World Summit on Sustainable Development; SAICM: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
Felix Dodds on July 11th at the UN Bookshop discussing his book "Stakeholder Democracy-Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear" with contributors Carolina Duque Chopitea and Jan-Gustav Strandenaes. The video is available to watch here. It is available from all online bookshops including the publisher Routledge here with a $10 discount.
Working during the UN High-Level Political Forum with the International Coalition for Working Equids (ICWE) who had a great event held by the at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on Tuesday 16th of July.
There was a display of some of the work of the ICWE coalition, materials to take away and a chance to chat with the members of the coalition. It is comprised of leading working animal NGOs Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA, and World Horse Welfare
The event highlighted issues such as there are An estimated 200 million working animals are essential to the livelihoods of some of the poorest communities worldwide. The traditional beasts of burden, their socioeconomic value and hardworking traits are often taken for granted, without realising the long-term benefits of ensuring better health and welfare for these animals.
For those that know me well they will know I used to live in San Sebastian in Spain which by the way has the best food in Europe ;-) In June I managed to go back after 7 years for a weekend. This was a new mural which I loved. I managed to go to my favorite restaurant and see old friends.
San Sebastián shows a dynamic cultural scene, where grass-roots initiative based on different parts of the city and the concerted private and public synergy have paved the ground for a rich range of possibilities and events catering to the tastes of a wide and selected public alike. The city was selected as European Capital of Culture for 2016 (shared with Wrocław, Poland) with a basic motto, "Waves of people's energy", summarizing a clear message: people and movements of citizens are the real driving force behind transformations and changes in the world.
Events ranging from traditional city festivals to music, theatre or cinema take place all year round, while they specially thrive in summer. In the last week of July, San Sebastián's Jazz Festival (Jazzaldia), the longest, continuously running Jazz Festival in Europe is held. In different spots of the city gigs are staged, sometimes with free admission. The Musical Fortnight comes next extending for at least fifteen days well into August and featuring classical music concerts. In September, the San Sebastián International Film Festival comes to the spotlight, an event with more than 50 years revolving around the venues of Kursaal and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre. The city is also home to the San Telmo Museoa, a major cultural institution with an ethnographic, artistic and civic vocation.
Sticking to the cinematic language but lacking its echo, Street Zinema is an international audiovisual festival exploring contemporary art and urban cultures. Other rising and popular events include the Horror and Fantasy Festival in October (21st edition in 2010) and the Surfilm Festival, a cinema festival featuring surfing footage, especially shorts. During centuries, the city has been open to many influences that have left a trace, often mingling with the local customs and traditions and eventually resulting in festivals and new customs.
So if you want to plan a great holiday go to San Sebastian
I was on the 28th of May at my old university - the University of Surrey with my good friend and Water Institute outgoing Executive Director Jamie Bartram to celebrate with receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award who has been recognised for his outstanding contribution work to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations through improving water, sanitation and hygiene in developed and developing countries worldwide. Jamie’s decade-long direction at the World Health Organization changed policy and practice. It was a great evening of fun and some amazing other winners such as Mary Dinah winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Society Award. She is founder and MD of M.A.D Hospitality and has a passion for connecting people to their dream jobs, setting up Nigeria’s first job centre and providing support to victims of sexual harassment. Mary has received numerous awards, including The British Council Social Impact Award 2017 and the Governor’s Recognition of Outstanding Impact on Youth Award, 2016. In 2018, Mary won the British Council Future Leaders Award and has joined a United Nations committee for providing support for displaced persons worldwide.
Comments by Felix Dodds for the event Overturning the Credibility Gap in Traditional PPP: the ‘People-First’ approach for national and local governments. This was at the UN Financing for Development Forum Investment Fair (full video of side event available here).