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.
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.
Koy Thomson 2nd Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum, Felix 3rd Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum andFarooq Ullahthe 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