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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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November 2012

I attended the Asia European Foundation Seminar on ‘Sustainable Development Assessment: Towards Measurable Goals’ will take place at ASEF in Singapore (21-22 November 2012). Attending was  over 50 representatives from international organisations, environmental think-tanks and business representatives from ASEM countries.

The principle objective of the seminar was to initiate a three-year-programme (2013-2015), which will empower countries’ leadership towards a bottom-up approach. This will help in creating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a national and regional level. The programme will directly target policy makers, non-governmental organisations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and other relevant organisations including the UN agencies.

I had the pleasure of then spending a week in Melbourne Australia with Futureye and its dynamic leader Katherine Teh-White. It was fun going to the other Melbourne having gone to school in Melbourne Derbyshire as a child. Big problems the city is facing with growth areas or sprawl to the rest of us. Good planning requires some real integrated sustainability if new developments are to be able to build good communities.

Christmas is coming up very fast still time to buy a copy of 'Only One Earth - the Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development for all your friends and relations. It gives the forty year history of sustainable development and the challenges ahead.



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August 2012


Koy Thomson 2nd Executive Director  of Stakeholder Forum, Felix 3rd Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum and Farooq Ullah the new 4th Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum at the End of Era Party Part 3 (Felix Dodds leaving party from SF)

Merri Dodds, Felix Dodds and Robin Dodds at the End of Era Party Part 3 with a copy of the Special Outreach

Rio+20 panel at the Alpbach Political Forum with Felix Dodds, Ambassador Anna Anderson (Ireland), Chair of session Thomas Mayr Harting, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Ambassador Maria Luiza Voitti (Brazil) European Commission of Development Andris Piebalgs.



At Mayor Bloomberg's Gracie Mansion for the Dominican Republic with the Dominican Beauty Queens

End of Era Party 2 at Central cafe in Bushwick

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July 2012


Enjoying a restful July with Robin and Merri in Cairo.

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