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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

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October 2013

October was a busy speaking month with, International Renewable Energy Agency, UN Internet Governance Forum, Global Food Security and Sovereignty Forum and a lecture at UNC on MDGs to SDGs.

 

Felix Dodds speaking at the IRENA workshop on Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy.

 

Felis Dodds speaking at the UN Internet Governance Forum in Bali

Confirmation of speakers for the Nexus-Water-Energy-Food-Climate Conference - March 3rd-7th in Chapel Hill North Carolina are coming in:

 

  • Albert Butare: Co-chair of Bonn Nexus Conference and former Rwanda Energy Minister
  •  Adnan Z. Amin: Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Elizabeth Thompson: former UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator for Rio+20
  • Jamie Bartram; Director Water Institute University of North Carolina
  • Michael Schmitz: Executive Director of ICLEI US
  • Hans Herren: President and CEO Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood winner
  • Maruxa Cardama: Communitas Executive Project Coordinator
  • Jonas Monast: Director of Climate and Energy Program at the Nicolas Institute Duke
  • Felix Dodds: Co-director of Nexus 2014 Conference
  • Diego Rodriguez: Program Manager for the World Bank
  • Hannah Stoddart: Head of Oxfam Head of Economic Justice Policy Team
  • Zak Bleicher: Partnership Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Aneri Patel: Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation
  • David Rothschild: Principal, Portfolio Team Skoll Foundation
  • Lyle Estill: Co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels
  • Gary Lawrence: AECOM Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Stuart Orr: Head of Water Stewardship at WWF International
  • Anders Berntell: Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
  • Steve Waygood: Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
  • Geoffrey Lipman: Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
  • Joachim von Braun: Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  • Lidia Brito: Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Johan Kuylenstierna: Executive Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Joshua Tewksbury:  Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute

Side events registration will start 14th of October

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September 2013

The final meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development happened on the 20th of September. I think I may be the only person to have attended all the 20 CSD meetings and preparatory meetings over the 20 years.

 

(photo ENB with Chris Whaley UK Government)

What was particularly rewarding was the video of that was played for governments on the last twenty years which ended with a quote of mine being read out by nine year old  Aila Ronald.

"The next generation need not become a generation of crisis, it need not be a generation of fear, it could be a generation of hope and solidarity. Lets innovate have vision and courage to bring this reality to every woman, man and child in the world." Felix Dodds

 We also saw the first meeting of the High Level Political Forum which replaces the CSD and every 4 years will be at Heads of State level. A great first meeting.

The UNGA also agreed to one path for the new development goals you can read my comments at the ANPED newsletter SWITCH

Finally we saw the launch of  Communitas - Coalition for Sustainable Cities and Regions in the new UN Development Agenda which I have the pleasure of being Advisor to as they seek a Sustainable Development Goal on urbanization and human settlements.

 

 

 

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August 2013

 

It has been a busy August.

The new book  'From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future' by Felix Dodds, Jorge Laguna Celis, Liz Thompson was handed into the publisher and will be out for January 2013 publisher is Earthscan at Routledge

It is a sister book to 'Only One Earth' (by Felix Dodds, Michael Strauss with Maurice Strong) and picks up the story from the end of that book and takes the reader through the preparations, negotiations and the possibly road to success for 2015 in the development of new development goals.

 

Contents are:

 Part I: The Re-birth of Sustainable Development

Part II: Chronicling the key influences on Rio+20

Part III: How did it all come to happen?

Part IV: Multiplying commitments

Part V: From Rio+20 to 2015 and the new Development Agenda

Preparations for the Nexus Conference: Climate-Water-Food-Energy (March 3-7th 2014) move ahead with two major speakers announced Adnan Amin Secretary General IRENA and Liz Thompson former UN AS Rio+20 and Barbados Energy and Environment Minister.

 

The plenary sessions have also been announced:

 

  1.     Urban Challenges of the Nexus: Local and Global perspectives
  2.     Natural Resource Security for People: Water, Food and Energy
  3.     Nexus perspectives: Water, Energy and Climate
  4.     Nexus perspectives: Water, Food and Climate
  5.     Entrepreneurial Environmentalism and Development
  6.     Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How business is improving resource use
  7.     Financing the Nexus: policy and practice
  8.     Learning from the past, building a new future: Nexus Scientific Research

 

 The submission date for abstracts is now  1st of November.

There was also a little fun
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June 2013

At the WSPA Sustainable Development Goals dinner in New York discussing the issue of possible targets and indicators. The UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group had its last meeting before November and I was also supporting the work on sexual reproductive and health rights which was one of the issues under discussion. June also saw my bid to become the new Dr Who.

I also discussed in my blog the issue of civil society v stakeholders - are the development NGOs tryign to reduce space for women Indigenous Peoples and youth and exclude local government and scientists? 

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May 2013

 In Monaco while the Monte Carlo Grand Prix is happening.

Speaking at the Nantes 5th World Forum on Human Rights Conference on Rio+20 and Human Rights towards a new development agenda based on rights approach.

 

Jan Gustav (Stakeholder Forum), Felix Dodds (Tellus Institute) and Phil Dobbie (Chair Stakeholder Forum) at the preparatory meeting for the UN Annual Ministerial Review. This session was on technology and science. Phil was a panelist and I was a discussant for his panel.

 

 

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April 2013

 

with Liz Thomson and Jorge Laguna Celis discussing our new book From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future, due out in November and signing the contract with Earthscan.

Preparing to speak at the the Expert Group Meeting on the High Level Political Forum. My presentation was on: spurring implementation of policy decisions - what have we learned from the Commission on Sustainable Development (UN System, partnerships, voluntary commitments and voluntary national reviews, outcomes).

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March 2013

Attending the Advancing the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda in Bonn (20-22nd March) and facilitating the Planetary Boundaries  workshops, also spendign some time with my friend Wondie from UNEP.

The UN office of Sustainable Development in Korea on the 6-8th of March organized an Expert Consultation on Building Knowledge and Capacity for Sustainable Development in post Rio+20 Era, together with partner institutions. I had the pleasure to attend and to give a number of speeches on:

  • Stakeholder engagement in knowledge sharing and capacity building for sustainable development: experiences and lessons learned 
  • Growth of SD knowledge and trends in its dissemination-- are knowledge  networks competing or complementing? and,
  • Knowledge and capacity needs for accelerating transition towards sustainability including green economy


A video of the final speech can be watched here.

On the 1st of March I made a dinner speech at the student society 'A Drink for Tomorrow' at the University of North Carolina. The society raise funds for water projects ind developing countries. This year the focus is Peru projects that have already helped over 13000 people in 8 countries and 26 communities.