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If you havent read the history of how the Sustainable Development Goals came about or for that matter sustainable development then get these books

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How often have you tried to explain what it is you do at the UN only to find friends and families eyes gloss over?
Do they really understand how important bracketing text is or a comma here or a full stop there?
Or perhaps you have friends who want to follow you into intergovernmental negotiations and experience the wonders of the Vienna Cafe!!
Well, now they can!!
Great presents for anyone interested in sustainable development. Without understanding the history its difficult to understand the present or plan for the future.
The Vienna Cafe trilogy is their opportunity to relive some of your wonderful moments.
Not to be confused with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, which is in five parts, the Vienna Cafe trilogy isn't in another galaxy just a cafe in the basement of the UN or other intergovernmental venues.

The latest volume of the trilogy is Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world by Felix Dodds, Ambassador Davi…

Guest Blog: Targets 16.6 & 16.7: Key for SDGs Implementation at City Level.

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Raymond Saner & Lichia Yiu, of the Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) aims at promoting equitable, sustainable and integrated development through multistakeholder dialogues, institutional learning and free flow of information.

This blog addresses the question of how SDGs can be successfully implemented at a local level particularly at the level of cities and larger municipalities. Specifically, the focus of this blog is about SDG 16 and two of its targets which provide the necessary instrumentality in carrying out the 2030 Agenda.  As such, two of the 169 SDG targets are of particular importance namely, Target 16.6 and Target 16.7. They set the institutional preconditions for a successful implementation of the SDGs. These two targets are aligned with good governance principles often deficient or under-developed in many countries. The two targets are:

16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, particip…
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New book just out in paperback and kindlePower to the People: Confessions of a Young Liberal Activist 1975-1987by Felix Dodds
This book was released in a parallel universe before being released in this one. To help the reader I would like to share comments from leading figures in that parallel universe. “I told everyone Felix was going to be trouble and see he was! If he and the Young Liberals hadn’t stopped me at the Eastbourne Defence debate I’d have been Prime Minister!!! Well maybe David (Owen) would have been Prime Minister but I’d have shone his shoes EVERY day. I miss David (Owen) very much.” David Steel (former leader of the Liberal Party 1976-1988) “We should have given Felix that job at Social Democrat Party Headquarters instead of DannyDr. Death (otherwise known as David Owen leader of the Social Democrat Party 1983-1987) “It will be my birthday on Tuesday. Last year, I reached the painful conclusion that there wasn't enough time left to read every book ever written. Thi…

Guest Blog: Global Challenges, Local Responses

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Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah,  is the Secretary General of CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisation, and Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer at the global civil society alliance, CIVICUS. This was first published in  Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas
Introduction: a multitude of contributing factors
While the early 2010s were characterised by large scale people’s uprisings – whether against dictators or against neo-liberal economic policies – it seems that the second half of the decade will be defined by the rise of the strong man and a general degradation of constitutional democracy. This shift represents a major blow for human rights activists and civil society organisations pursuing social justice, already challenged by routine manipulation of the global security discourse to crush dissent at the national level. Yet, if we situate this shift within a context of cause and effect, where uprisings lead to crackdowns, and crackdowns lead…

Presentation for the UNDESA workshop: Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Inter-linkages and Common Themes at the HLPF 2018

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This is a blog based on a presentation I made for the UNDESA workshop: Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Inter-linkages and Common Themes at the HLPF 2018. My power point can be downloaded here.
The inter-linkages between the Water and Sanitation Goal and the other SDGs have concrete implications for framing and implementing policies, programmes and collaborations – with significant variations across regions. Understanding these implications as well as how to leverage them effectively can Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference The Nexus in its present discussion started when the German government initiated the discussions in August 2010 held at the Stockholm Water Week. They had successfully hosted conference in 2001 on Water and 2005 on Energy and they were now looking to input to the Rio+20 Conference. The 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference was a real attempt to address the inter-linkage agenda of Water-Energy and Food (WEF) . The inter-linkage agenda isn’t a new agenda there was always a paper at the old Co…

Are Grants for Losers?

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By Felix Dodds and Minu Hemmati
This is published also on inter-press service news agency.
Mark Ritchie, former Minnesota Secretary of State and former president of the Minneapolis-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, sent Felix an email about a very interesting interview with Kevin Watkins, the CEO of Save the Children Fund (UK). The interview and commentary were by Russell Hargrave in devex: “Save the Children CEO on a new era of competition for aid”. Kevin Watkins the CEO of Save the Children Fund (UK) We hadn’t picked up that Kevin had left ODI and gone to Save in September 2016. A little background on Save and the SDGs: Save the Children was the last development oriented organisation to campaign against the SDGs, and instead kept lobbying for an MDG+ agenda. This continued up to the G7 meeting in 2014. There was also the controversy and the rebellion of the Save staff (including others) over a ‘Global legacy award’ given to Tony Blair in March 2015. All this took place u…