For too long, foreign policymakers have largely left climate issues to energy or environment ministries. A new essay series by adelphi and the Wilson Center seeks to change that.
The motivation is simple: to date, foreign policy responses to climate change have mainly focused on the security implications of climate change, international treaty negotiations, and the promotion of renewable energy. However, the implications of climate change for foreign policy are much broader, which is why the project team seeks to provide fresh input to drive transformative change. Because foreign policy is climate policy.
The diverse, high-level group of contributors includes Wolfgang Ischinger, Helga Maria Schmid, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Wang Huiyao, Oliver Morton, Selwin Hart, and Vanessa Nakate, among others. Readers can find all the contributions on the 21st Century Diplomacy website as well as in select publications such as Project Syndicate and Der Tagesspiegel.
This project is directed not at the energy and climate community but at the foreign policy community more generally. In this regard it fits with adelphi’s mission to improve global governance through research, dialogue, and consultation. For if we are to meet the climate challenge, we must mobilize all levels and arms of government.