My New Book

Felix Dodds latest book is out

Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world by Felix Dodds, Ambassador David Donoghue & Jimena Leiva Roesch


May 2017

May brought a swing through San Francisco and me moderating a panel at the Sustainatopia Conference on the Nexus- Water-Food-Energy-Climate. Also appearing on the UNECE PPP Conference Panel in Hong Kong on the new draft Principles for PPPs by web. This was all on my way to the Palm Spring Film Noir which opened with over 1200 people and some great films. My favorite being the 1949 Oscar winning film 'All the Kings Men'  It plots the rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. Sound familiar? It is based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren first published in 1946 which has been in the top 100 novels for Time Magazine. In 1947 it won the Pulitzer Prize. It also won Oscars for Best Actor (Broderick Crawford), and Best Supporting Actress (Mercedes McCambridge).

May also saw the publication of the Communitas Legacy Report which gives an idea what we achieved in the 3 threes the project was active. 

Also published in May a larger article I wrote for Oxford University Press - The Emergence of Environment as a Security Imperative for Oxford University Press which can be downloaded here. 

Finally at the Finance for Development Forum I helped put together a lunch discussion for AVIVA and the Finance for Development Office around the subject of Investments for the SDGs, including Climate Action. Speakers included Steve Waygood (AVIVA), Shari Spiegal (FF Office) and Tomas Cristianson (PGA Office) it was  moderated by Liz Thompson former ASG for Rio+20,


April 2017

Moderating the United Nations Environment Management Group meeting in Geneva on the Nexus Dialogues

The EMG provides a service to the operationalization of environmental issues within the UN system by promoting coordination, information exchange and joint action among the UN agencies. The EMG Dialogue series will contribute to a common understanding of the integrated goals and targets of the SDGs, as well as the requirements and opportunities these bring for UN entities to support the implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda in a coherent and collaborative manner. The Dialogues will provide an occasion for UN entities and other stakeholders to identify areas of mutual interest and to better understand the transmission channels through which an action in one sector may impact the outcomes of another. 

On the way back to New York I visited my children in London and Norwich. IN London Robin was on his way to Greece to work in a refugee camp for a week. IN Norwich Merri is at UEA studying to be a midwife. We went out to the open Mike at Gonzo's and i had the opportunity to explain how to bracket text in UN negotiations. 

On April 20th the Financial Times did an article on the SDGs and  A crowded global jobs market is braced for 1bn more workers. They kindly quoted me

I also had the pleasure of speaking at the UN DESA Partnership Forum from the floor on Principles and Guidelines for Multistakeholder Partnerships. which can be watched here on UN TV




March 2017

Taking a few days off to work on a new book at the Outer Banks. 


February 2017

I keynoted the first intersessional for the International Conference on Chemicals Management, held in Geneva, the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 whose fifth session of the Conference is in 2020.

The first meeting of the intersessional process was held in Brasilia, Brazil, from 7 to 9 February 2017.

I also facilitated one of dialogues and reported back to the plenary on : Engaging partners to deliver the vision beyond 2020


January 2017

The launch of my new book Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world with my co authors  Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch and the President of the United Nations Peter Thompson. You can watch the Facebook live event here. 


December 2016

A great fundraising event I attended for the Plastic Pollution Coalition in Los Angeles before Christmas. Consider when you are buying if you need to but anything that has plastics packaging. 

One of the meetings I spoke at during the comic and book tour of California in Early December. This one was in San Francisco 


November 2016


My first comic is out and i hope you enjoy it. It is with PCI Media and UNICEF and can be downloaded here. As I said to the press:

“I first met Father Christmas at the age of three in a clothing store in the U.K. in Derby, and I became Chair of Father Christmas Youth.  I then organized a stakeholder consultation around gift-giving practices in my freshman year at University of Surrey.  I hope to have Santa lead a”workshop on the Nexus of Climate Change, Water, Energy and Food.

I was inspired to write about Santa from my own childhood Christmas memories.  He was always a positive, reassuring figure, who seemed to provide hope even in troubling times. He seemed like just the right hero to guide us through this crisis.”

Santa Claus –

“It seemed to me we have been dashing to disaster.”

“The whole purpose of my life is to encourage hope and bring happiness to the world’s children. But if we keep putting more greenhouse gases into the air, we’re going to lead ourselves to a world that has very little hope and happiness for children for many generations.”

Also just out is my new book Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world written with Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch.


 "Learning from the process that engaged so many stakeholders at national and international level is important for future multilateral negotiations. This contribution from three actors intimately involved in the process offers rare insights into a long, challenging and ultimately fruitful process. I hope many readers will enjoy the insights presented in this book and be inspired to realise that the impossible is possible through compromise, partnership and leadership."

– from the foreword by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice, Former President of Ireland (1990–1997) and Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997–2002)

"This is an important book that charts the journey we went on and the challenges faced in agreeing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I hope it will help people understand what was achieved and help those now, and in the future, engaged in the implementation of this agenda."

– from the foreword by Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations in New York, USA, co-chair of the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (2012–2014) and co-facilitator of Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2014–2015)