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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. 






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February 2013

The reappraisal of Rio+20 continues as it becomes clearer that Rio+20 launched some very important processes. There is now a 70 strong intergovernmental process to work on the Sustainable Development Goals which puts SDGs at the centre of the post 2015 development goals framework. I did an interview on the outcome of Rio+20 forthe business magazine FORBES called ' Rio+20 - The Long View' in February and supplemented this with another one focusing at the process towards new development goals with CIVICUS  called 'The MDGs, Post 2015 and Sustainable Development'.

Felix with Siham at UNC lecture

February was also my first lecture at University of North Carolina in the Water Institute  and was covered by the local student newspaper The Daily Tar Hill under the title 'Global Sustainability Symposium prompts discussion and action'.

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January 2013

UN photo of the Chairs of the High Level  on the Post 2015 Development Agenda 

January was an interesting month, Earthscan agreed to publish a new book 'From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future' I am writing this one with the amazing with Jorge Laguna Celis and Liz Thompson. It will be out for Christmas 2013. The front cover again will be a John Charles special (he has designed the last four book covers and is a UK Marvel Spiderman artist).

A number of Foundations facilitated the space for a workshop in London for the sexual and reproductive rights (SHRH) community, which I had the pleasure to be a resource person for.

 Input to the post 2015 development framework and goals can be confusing. January also saw the setting up of the 70 country strong intergovernmental process on Sustainable Development Goals. This could be the main game in town post September. 


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