On the 26th of November one of the great advocates for sustainable development Maurice Strong died. I had had the pleasure of working with him on what turned out to be his last book Only One Earth: The Long Road via Rio for Sustainable Development. The book looked at the development of sustainable development over the last 40 years its highs and its lows. A recommended reading for anyone who is interested in engaging in sustainable development.
"Maurice Strong – former entrepreneur, energy company CEO, NGO, Head of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA),the first Executive Director of UNEP, Secretary-General of the UN conferences at Stockholm (1972) and at Rio (1992), author, president of the council of the UN University for Peace, and professor at Peking University – who in some ways can be said to have single handedly invented the intergovernmental environmental and sustainable development governance process. This continues in my blog here."
I also wrote an obituary for Maurice with my other co-author of Only One earth Michael Strauss in the Guardian which can be read here.
Santa Claus Takes on Climate Change will you join him?
The first New World Frontiers paper 'Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' is now available here. It focuses on how the Sustainable Development Goals became part of a transformation agenda and the problems that will continue to have an impact as we move towards implementation. It ends looking at the challenges for stakeholders themselves.