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Sam Bickersteth

Sam led CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries from 2011-17. He established CDKN as a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers. Through over 200 technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects in 70 countries CDKN has provided assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations.

Sam is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having previously worked for DFID and Oxfam. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of programme policy at Oxfam and previously held leadership positions in DFID including as Head of DFID Bolivia. Sam has lived in Africa, South Asia and Latin America in his roles as researcher, policy adviser and programme manager. He was a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University and adviser to the London School of Economics/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). He now leads Opportunity International.



Sam Bickersteth's content

OPINION: Did COP23 keep the canoe on course?

The CDKN team reports on what climate negotiators achieved on the latest round of talks in Bonn, Germany: COP23. [more]…

OPINION: COP23 - ‘Island COP’ highlights the need to accelerate global efforts

Sam Bickersteth, Kiran Sura and Mairi Dupar anticipate the detailed and difficult issues that will occupy negotiators during the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November 2017). [more]…

OPINION: Paris Agreement - Its toughest test yet

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, and Kiran Sura, Head of Negotiations Support, respond to the announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. [more]…

OPINION: COP22 - Climate leaders sustain momentum in Marrakech

Sam Bickersteth and Daphne Amevenu of CDKN provide a round-up of highlights at COP22 in Marrakech, 7-18 November. [more]…

OPINION: Major milestone reached for Paris Agreement – now it is time for real action

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN's Chief Executive, responds to the news that enough countries have ratified the Paris Agreement for it to enter into force on 4 November. [more]…

OPINION: "You cannot turn back from Paris" - Sam Bickersteth

Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive of CDKN, has led this global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development since 2011. Here, he talks about the Paris agreement and its implications for developing countries: where do we go from here? [more]…

OPINION: Taking stock of COP21, looking forward to 2016

CDKN's Chief Executive Sam Bickersteth provides his retrospective of COP21 and outlook for 2016. [more]…

OPINION: Response from CDKN's global, regional and country leads to Paris Agreement

Sam Bickersteth, CDKN’s Chief Executive, introduces commentary on the Paris Agreement from CDKN's teams around the world. [more]…

FEATURE: Shifting from ‘Intended’ to ‘Implemented’ - What’s required for the INDCs?

CDKN has supported the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the Paris climate summit, in nine developing countries. Ben Bostock, Helen Picot and Kiran Sura of CDKN reflect on the strong ambitions of these submissions – and their varying levels of detail, which suggest that some INDCs may be readier for implementation than others. [more]…

OPINION: COP21 countdown - The road to Paris and beyond

With the Paris climate summit just weeks away, Kiran Sura and Sam Bickersteth of CDKN take stock of political fault lines that emerged in the final preparatory negotiations last week in Bonn. They say that a robust and ambitious emissions reduction goal must sit at the heart of the agreement, and it should be closely linked to climate finance for developing countries. [more]…

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