In September 2015, more than 150 world leaders met in New York to adopt the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.
What was the process by which the SDGs were debated, formulated and agreed upon by world leaders? Why are these goals important, and how are we going to achieve them? What can we expect from the Trump Administration with regards to the SDGs?
Felix Dodds draws on his experience as a global leader of civil society and nongovernmental participation in the United Nations’ processes, particularly in environment and sustainable development areas, to address these questions surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2011, he chaired the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference: Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens, which put forward the first suggested SDGs.
He has edited or written 14 books, two of which are slated for release this year: Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A Transformational Agenda for an Insecure World (co-authored with Ambassador David Donoghue, and Jimena Leiva Roesch) and The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an Agenda for Action (co-edited with Jamie Bartram). The former offers an insider view of the process and a unique entry into what will be seen as one of the most significant negotiations and global policy agendas of the twenty-first century, while the latter highlights the key future challenges we will face as a global community.
In 2010, he was profiled as one of 25 environmentalists ahead of their time. He is also a renowned blogger on UN and sustainable development matters.