My New Book

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


August 2015

We now have an agreement and a very good name for the agreement it will be called Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Heads of State will be agreeing a very substantial document in September which if implemented will really put us on a path to a more equitable, fair, just and sustainable planet. Personally I have been engaged in this process since Brazil originally called for a new Summit on Sustainable Development  in 2007. It was Colombia and Guatemala who originally put forward the idea of Sustainable Development Goals at a retreat in Solo Indonesia in July 2011. This was originally opposed by development Ministries in the north and many development NGOs.  


Now the real business starts of implementation and we all have responsibilities to be part of this and part of monitoring that governments do this time keep their promises.The future is in our hands the crisis of peace versus war, development versus despair, sustainability versus annihilation, are ours to solve with this transformational agenda


July 2015

It has been a busy month and not yet over.

On July 27th the Guardian published an article by Michael Strauss and myself on the 2015 processes called 'The year of negotiating precariously'. As we say the year 2015 may be recorded as one of the most extraordinarily successful – or disastrous – years in the history of international diplomatic negotiations.


On the 21st of July saw the launching of my 12th book called ‘Governance for Sustainable Development’ edited with: Hoonmin Lim, Sara Luna, Oana Rebedea, David Banisar and Quinn McKew The book represents the first book by the ‘Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development’ which is co-chaired by the governments of Mexico, Romania and the Republic of Korea there is a free download here.



You may be interested in the article Michael Strauss and I wrote that appeared in the Guardian last week called:The year of negotiating precariouslythe article looks at the development of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Financing for Development Conference and the upcoming Climate Change Summit in Paris in November. 

A much more colourful day in the basement of the United Nations Vienna Cafe.


June 2015




Enjoying time with my children - Merri and Robin - in Key West while working on two books the Governance for Sustainable Development and 'The Nexus of Resource Security: Water, Food, Energy and Climate'. Both are due in by the end of August.  


May 2015



Working on the twelfth book a series of chapters based on the three workshops that were held by the government Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development. The book will be out as an e-book in late July. It will be the second e-book by New World Frontiers.  




April 2015


One of the conferences I engaged in in the 1990s and have fond memories of is the 1996 Habitat II Conference, which adopted the Habitat Agenda. I remember it in part because it achieved the most progressive stakeholder engagement in a UN Conference ever. I also have very fond memories of it because I made a lifelong friend in the Chair of the Conference Pakistan Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel who went on to be Deputy Executive Director of UNEP. In Habitat II I was the coordinator of the NGO negotiating team working under the International Facilitating Committee (IFC) a Major Group platform that managed their engagement in the conference. 

April saw the second preparatory meeting for Habitat III held in Nairobi. I had the pleasure of organizing and running a workshop on How to Lobby with Nicholas You both of us had been active at Habitat II..The Habitat III Conference is a critical one for all stakeholders interested in making the SDGs have impact. By focusing on a geographical area it will help to engage all stakeholders to help deliver the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda – which by the way should be built on the SDGs.

Local and Regional Governments, civil society and the private sector will play a critical role in facilitating the implementation of both and one of the key outcomes that we need out of Habitat III is a new partnership agenda worthy of the 21st century.





March 2015

Lecturing at University of North Carolina in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on the Sustainable Development Goals. 

If you want to follow the developments on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Financing for Development Conference or Habitat III then do read my blog. 



February 2015

While in Bonn at the preparatory meeting for Eye on Earth I took a moment out to meet my 'boss Jurgen Nimptch, Mayor of Bonn. I had the pleasure to work with him and his team when I was chair of the 2011 UN DPI NGO Conference  Sustainable Societies - Responsive Citizens. Last year he invited me to join the 'International Ambassadors' for the City of Bonn which I was very happy to accept.


I had been unable to go to the original ceremony so this gave me a chance also to pick up my special bottle of wine.