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.

chapter 1|15 pages

Setting the Stage

chapter 2|31 pages

Multilateralism: Complexity and Intrigues

chapter 4|30 pages

Uncertain Beginnings

chapter 5|28 pages

The Cast of Characters

chapter 6|29 pages

The Use of Process and Drama

chapter 7|50 pages

The Birth of the Goals

chapter 9|18 pages

Transforming our World