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.
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:
Urban Challenges of the Nexus: Local and Global perspectives
Natural Resource Security for People: Water, Food and Energy
Nexus perspectives: Water, Energy and Climate
Nexus perspectives: Water, Food and Climate
Entrepreneurial Environmentalism and Development
Nexus Corporate Stewardship: How business is improving resource use
Financing the Nexus: policy and practice
Learning from the past, building a new future: Nexus Scientific Research
The submission date for abstracts is now1st of November.
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?
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.
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).
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
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.
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'.
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 aJohn Charlesspecial (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.