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Simon Maxwell

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]…

OPINION: Where next for the global climate negotiations?

Simon Maxwell reviews the United Nations' latest Emissions Gap Report and puts it in global political perspective.  [more]…

OPINION: Climate change - time for development (studies) to lead the charge

CDKN's Executive Chair Simon Maxwell shares his outlook on the pivotal role of development studies in taking forward meaningful action on climate change. [more]…

OPINION: Advice for negotiators at COP21 - Get it done and let's get back to work

CDKN's Executive Chair Simon Maxwell provides his outlook for the next week of the UN climate talks at COP21 in Paris. [more]…

OPINION: Six key take-away messages from new Emissions Gap Report - Simon Maxwell

Simon Maxwell, CDKN's Executive Chairman, digests the latest analysis from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the size of the 'Emissions Gap' between countries' pledges to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and the action needed to limit global warming to below 2 degrees. [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: What’s next in climate change? INDCs!

We’re going to hear a lot more in coming months about INDCs, Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, says CDKN's Executive Chairman Simon Maxwell. INDCs are the country pledges that will form the basis of negotiation in the run-up to the UNFCCC's twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in 2015. [more]…

FEATURE: What climate talks tell us about failing global governance – and how to address it

Simon Maxwell, CDKN's Executive Chair, discusses Ian Goldin's book on global governance and how it links to the global climate negotiations. [more]…

OPINION: Durban 2011 - Giant strides or fairy footsteps?

CDKN's Executive Chair , Simon Maxwell, discusses how much progress can be made in tackling climate change without a global deal. [more]…

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