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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]…

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]…

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]…

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]…

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: 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]…

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]…

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