Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy provides the inside view of the negotiations that produced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not only did this process mark a sea change in how the UN conducts multilateral diplomacy, it changed the way the UN does its business. This book tells the story of the people, issues, negotiations, and paradigm shifts that unfolded through the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs and the subsequent negotiations on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, from the unique point of view of Ambassador Macharia Kamau, and other key participants from governments, the UN Secretariat, and civil society. The historic nature of the SDGs and their negotiation make this story a must-read for anyone interested in multilateral negotiations, sustainable development, and the UN.

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Reader Reviews


An inside look at the drama of the negotiations, and the creation of a new UN development paradigm. [It] is simultaneously rich in detail and an engaging read, and [is] an excellent addition to classes in sustainable development and international negotiations.—Shannon Orr, Bowling Green State University
It's hard to imagine a better 'troika' of authors with the perfect constellation of perspectives and skills for writing this book.—Lynn Wagner, IISD and Johns Hopkins SAIS
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