MY BOOK

Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear  Available Now.

 
 

Interview with Felix Dodds on the book Stakeholder Democracy

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My new book is out - Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Governance Challenges

My latest book is out 'Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' edited with Meriem El HilaliSungjun KimSamuel Victor MakweUlrich NicklasCristina PopescuDavid BanisarQuinn McKew this is the fifth book that the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development has produced to share widely the papers that were presented at the workshops for member States to discuss. The Group recognizes that there is an inextricable link between good governance and sustainable development and that, as the 2030 Agenda is implemented, governance challenges will need discussion and action at all levels and by all institutions.

In 2020, the Group of Friends convened UN officials, experts, and representatives from government at four participatory workshops on relevant governance issues. The workshops were organized in partnership with UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development focusing on advancing the 2030 Agenda into the HLPF’s Second Cycle, and lessons learnt from the first cycle.The Group of Friends in 2021 will continue to be a place for discussions of the institutional architecture for the 2030 Agenda’s implementation, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement and their follow-up and review.

We expect the present publication to be a useful input for the ongoing discussions about the institutional architecture for the 2030 Agenda. The first workshop looked at Implementing the 2016 QCPR resolution and this agenda has already captured the imagination of this generation. The second workshop looked at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on global governance and issues of transparency, responsiveness and accountability.

With the upcoming High Level Political Forum, how could the pandemic be reflected in Voluntary National Reports? The third workshop looked at the imperative of combating corruption, illicit financial flows and recovering and returning stolen assets as a means for financing for development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final one looked at climate change and governance preparing for the now 2021 Glasgow UNFCCC COP.We know that sustainable development will only become a reality if we have the enabling environment for it to happen. Good governance will be pivotal for implementing, reviewing and improving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We hope that this publication contributes to addressing the challenges we will be facing over the coming years to 2030.

 

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Interview with Felix Dodds on the SDGs

Governmental futures and the SDGs with Felix Dodds: Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Marc Buckley for his podcast. You can listen to the podcast here.

I discuss the evolution of the SDGs and where we are going in the future.

Should you want to watch it as a  video it is also available online on

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Felix - launches the New World Frontier Consultancy

New World Frontiers is a consultancy and advisory firm offering specialized services in:

  • stakeholder engagement,
  • advocacy, and
  • risk management

 About The Consultancy — New World Frontiers

Felix Dodds established New World Frontiers Consultancy to help governments, international agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders as they continue to lobby and engage in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A2030), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement and other multilateral environmental agreements.

New World Frontiers brings expert practitioners with over four decades of firsthand experience and knowledge as well as the historical perspective and background on these issues that ‘being there’ brings. As we work to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenge of climate change to build a better, more sustainable relationship with our world and all who live on it, expert advice on A2030 and the SDGs is more important than ever. Our work empowers governments, international and regional organizations, NGOs, academia, the private sector, and other stakeholders to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people through sustainable development

About Our Founder — Felix Dodds

Felix Dodds has been an advisor, facilitator, mentor, advocate, researcher, and author, working with governments, international agencies, NGOs, private sector, sub national governments and other stakeholders and to help address the challenging environmental and sustainability challenges of the twenty-first century. He has written or edited over 20 books on sustainable development including:

  • Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals,
  • Only One Earth (written with the father of sustainable development Maurice Strong),
  • Stakeholder Democracy,
  • Climate Change and Energy Insecurity,
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Insecurity,
  • The Water, Food, Energy, and Climate Nexus and
  • four volumes on Governance for Sustainable Development.

New World Frontiers works with organizations in three main ways:

  • Stakeholder Engagement– improving decision-making processes with broader societal involvement
  • Advocacy– helping organizations find a voice in decision-making processes.
  • Risk Management– helping organizations, companies, governments at all levels to integrate global sustainable development agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement into their operations.

Felix and the New World Frontiers (NWF) team have been at the forefront of many of the major sustainable development policy developments globally. NWF works to help stakeholders focus their lobbying to enable policymakers to make better decisions. NWF has developed some of the most successful multi-stakeholder policy dialogues. NWF brings four decades of experience to fostering stakeholder engagement working with governments, international agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders.

More details in New World Frontiers brochure downloadable here

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Snow Angel - UNC Stakeholder Engagement Method

Watch the video here.

On the 10th of November UNDESA held a workshop for member states that are intending to present their Voluntary National Reviews to the UN High Level Political Forum in 2021. A number of experts were invited to attend the Knowledge Exchange for 2021 VNR Countries including Felix Dodds from the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina. He presented the UNC Snow Angel approach to stakeholder engagement to the workshop as follows.

This approach is based on the work of the University of North Carolina as part of a six-university research project on Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience for Sustainable Development.

The theory of change we are advocating is that the involvement of stakeholders in decision making creates better-informed decisions that are more likely to garner support and implementation from impacted stakeholder groups and individuals.

We have developed the UNC Snow Angel approach for stakeholder engagement which draws inspiration from the ecological footprint and ecological rucksacks approaches. The ecological footprint measures your resource consumption while the rucksack considers the degree of stress exerted on the environment.

The Snow Angel method also expands on the existing snowball approach to identifying stakeholders. The snowball method starts with a few defined stakeholders and asks them to identify new stakeholder categories, organizations, and further contacts. While this is helpful for researchers and requires little capacity, this method can unintentionally limit the scope of included stakeholders. 

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The Future of the High-level Political Forum: Fit for Purpose? Stakeholder Forum’s First sdg2030 Series Report

Stakeholder Forum’s First sdg2030 Series Report –

The Future of the High-level Political Forum: Fit for Purpose?

On Monday, 14 September 2020, Stakeholder Forum launched the first in its sdg2030 Series reports: The Future of the High-level Political Forum – Fit for Purpose?

The future of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) has been a matter of debate since it was created out of Rio+20, and before the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals. The resolution establishing the HLPF (UNGA resolution A/67/L.72, adopted on 9 July 2013) agreed to review it, and one such review was due 2020.  This has now been moved to the autumn of 2021.

This report, a summary of the ideas presented during the 13 July 2020 ‘Pop-up Side Event’ at the 2020 HLPF: ‘Lessons from the Proposal for a Sustainable Development Council for the UN General Assembly (from Rio+20) for the Future of the High-level Political Forum,’ captures the inputs from the speakers and respondents from the ‘Pop-Up’ event, all of whom were active during Rio+20 and the creation of the HLPF.

Our speakers were Jan-Gustav Strandenaes and Mohamed Khalil, and our respondents were Paula Caballero, Albert Butare, and Marianne Beisheim.

By looking at ideas suggested then, we hope it offers insights for the negotiations over the Future of the HLPF during the next fifteen months.

The report was introduced by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Forum, and the session was moderated by Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor Water Institute, the University of North Carolina.

You can view the launch event here.

You can download the report here: SDG 2030 Series Report No 1 The Future of the High-level Political Forum-Fit for Purpose (Sept 2020)

 

 

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The Future of the High-level Political Forum: Fit for Purpose? Stakeholder Forum’s First sdg2030 Series Report

Stakeholder Forum’s First sdg2030 Series Report –

The Future of the High-level Political Forum: Fit for Purpose?

On Monday, 14 September 2020, Stakeholder Forum launched the first in its sdg2030 Series reports: The Future of the High-level Political Forum – Fit for Purpose?

The future of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) has been a matter of debate since it was created out of Rio+20, and before the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals. The resolution establishing the HLPF (UNGA resolution A/67/L.72, adopted on 9 July 2013) agreed to review it, and one such review was due 2020.  This has now been moved to the autumn of 2021.

This report, a summary of the ideas presented during the 13 July 2020 ‘Pop-up Side Event’ at the 2020 HLPF: ‘Lessons from the Proposal for a Sustainable Development Council for the UN General Assembly (from Rio+20) for the Future of the High-level Political Forum,’ captures the inputs from the speakers and respondents from the ‘Pop-Up’ event, all of whom were active during Rio+20 and the creation of the HLPF.

Our speakers were Jan-Gustav Strandenaes and Mohamed Khalil, and our respondents were Paula Caballero, Albert Butare, and Marianne Beisheim.

By looking at ideas suggested then, we hope it offers insights for the negotiations over the Future of the HLPF during the next fifteen months.

The report was introduced by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Forum, and the session was moderated by Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor Water Institute, the University of North Carolina.

You can view the launch event here.

You can download the report here: SDG 2030 Series Report No 1 The Future of the High-level Political Forum-Fit for Purpose (Sept 2020)

 

 

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