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Simon Maxwell

Simon is the independent Executive Chairman of CDKN, a global alliance of southern and northern organisations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries.

From 1997 to 2009, Simon was the director of the ODI- Europe’s best known think tank on international development and humanitarian policy- and from 2001 to 2005, he was President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. Simon has lived in Africa, South Asia, and South America. In 2007, he was made a CBE for services to international development.



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FEATURE: Countries need to count the carbon in globally traded goods - here's how

Countries' imported emissions challenge the global governance of climate change - but they can take steps to address this, say Simon Maxwell and Aarti Krishnan. [more]…

REPORT: Climate compatible development: pathway or pipe dream?

Is there a clear pathway towards climate compatible development – eradicating poverty and simultaneously saving the planet? Or are the trade-offs and competing interests so great that this is merely a pipe dream? CDKN's Executive Chairman Simon Maxwell explores these issues in his 2015 Anniversary Lecture for the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Bangladesh. [more]…

FEATURE: Simon Maxwell - Is climate compatible development a 'pathway' or 'pipe dream'?

“Climate Compatible Development: Pathway or Pipedream?” That was the question posed by Simon Maxwell, CDKN's Executive Chair, in the Centre for Policy Dialogue's (CPD) Annual Lecture in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Watch the lecture and view the slides here. [more]…

CDKN Annual Report 2015: Climate compatible development - delivering results

CDKN's Annual Report 2015 celebrates five years of results in climate compatible development - including partnerships to safeguard lives and livelihoods in the face of increasing climate change impacts, and innovative work to finance low carbon development. [more]…

OPINION: 2015, the choreography

CDKN’s Executive Chairman Simon Maxwell offers his suggestions for how leaders can choreograph their approaches to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, the global climate change agreement, and financing for development. [more]…

OPINION: 2015, the choreography - Part Two

CDKN’s Executive Chairman Simon Maxwell offers his suggestions for how leaders can choreograph their approaches to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, the global climate change agreement, and financing for development. This is Part Two of Simon’s blog. [more]…

FEATURE: How to deliver women’s empowerment

In honour of International Women's Day 2015, we feature this reflection from Simon Maxwell, CDKN's Executive Chairman, on how to deliver women's empowerment. [more]…

OPINION: Post-2015 framework - Arriving or departing?

Simon Maxwell, CDKN’s Executive Chair, reviews the report of the United Nations Open Working Group on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, including the specific proposals to deal with climate change. [more]…

How to win the argument on climate change - a five-point plan

A new paper by Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair of CDKN, offers a five-point plan on how to win the public and policy argument on climate change. [more]…

FEATURE: Postcard from Copenhagen - green growth leaders' conference

Executive Chairman Simon Maxwell looks at the case for a new industrial revolution to drive emissions reductions, after attending this week's Green Growth Leaders conference in Copenhagen. [more]…

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