Cooperadio Episode 7: Covid & Climate, Negotiations and Agency in Pandemic Times, with Felix Dodds

While it seemed that issue of climate had finally gained momentum both nationally and internationally, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have pushed it off the radar again. However, there are upcoming negotiations regarding climate and biodiversity which will address the larger arena of sustainable development. The incentive, at least from the stakeholder side, is to bring climate issues back into the fore.

In this episode of Cooperadio, the Centre’s Lauren Eastwood talks with Professor Felix Dodds about the role of stakeholders in civil society in the climate debate, as well as the role of agencies, the changes in online negotiations due to the pandemic, and the use of corridors for the COPs.

Questions addressed in this episode include: What do insurance companies have to do with climate change? What role does the global market play when it comes to better climate regulations? How have the pandemic and the use of online communication tools impacted the path of negotiations for stakeholders regarding the SDGs, especially with reference to  disadvantaged stakeholders? How can these stakeholders best influence negotiations while asserting their concerns?

Professor Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina. He was the executive director of the NGO Stakeholder Forum for Sustainable Future for 20 years. Professor Dodds has been an important voice at various United Nations fora for questions on environment and development, water, climate, and sustainability. He has co-founded several global NGO-coalitions, including the annual United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. From 1992 to 2012 he was the Executive Director of the NGO ‘Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future’.

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