Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy provides the inside view of the negotiations that produced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not only did this process mark a sea change in how the UN conducts multilateral diplomacy, it changed the way the UN does its business. This book tells the story of the people, issues, negotiations, and paradigm shifts that unfolded through the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs and the subsequent negotiations on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, from the unique point of view of Ambassador Macharia Kamau, and other key participants from governments, the UN Secretariat, and civil society.
About the Author
Macharia Kamau, as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, served as Co-Chair of the OWG on the SDGs and the Co-Facilitator of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In 2014 he was awarded the Gold Medal Award for Environmental Diplomacy from the International Council of Environmental Law and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.Pamela Chasek is professor of political science at Manhattan College. She is the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on UN environment and development negotiations, and she reported from every meeting of the OWG on SDGs. She is the author and editor of Global Environmental Politics, The Roads from Rio, The Global Environment in the 21st Century, and Earth Negotiations.David O'Connor served, from 2003 to 2015, as Chief of the Policy and Analysis Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN where he led a team of policy researchers who provided the analytical direction and substanceto the UN's work on sustainable development, supporting the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.