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  In Focus: Climate Diplomacy 

Berlin is calling – will the world listen?  

Climate and security were the focus of a high-level foreign policy conference held in Berlin in early June. At the core of the conference was the “Berlin Call for Action”, which aims to catalyse international responses to address climate change as a threat multiplier. The Call sets out three concrete action areas for tackling the threats posed by climate change to peace and security, namely risk-informed planning, enhanced capacity for action and improved operational response. It is more than likely that other foreign ministers will endorse the Call and spread the word. But what if the world doesn’t listen?

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Climate Diplomacy

Stopping the great splintering: A 5-step plan to revive multilateralism

A new publication on SDGs and foreign policy, prepared by adelphi, highlights that the willingness to cooperate is waning and unilateral action often gets in the way of joint solutions. How can multilateralism be revived in these changing times? This article outlines five steps we could take to revive multilateralism.


China eyes Argentina in global nuclear roll out

In the midst of economic and political uncertainty, Argentina has doubled down on a major Chinese nuclear power deal. The new nuclear plant in Buenos Aires province will help meet Argentina’s energy needs with the support of Chinese technology and finance. Costs, emissions and safety are at stake as Argentina and China look set to seal a nuclear power deal.


Can South Asian rivers be ‘regional public goods’?

South Asia, as a whole, is already facing a water crisis, and it is likely to get worse. Climate change is leading to both more floods and droughts as rainfall becomes more erratic. A multi-sectoral and multilateral approach to South Asia's rivers could provide sustainable development, but it needs to include those already marginalised by a narrow development path.

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North America

Climate change poses security risks, according to decades of intelligence reports

Intelligence analysts have agreed since the late 80s that climate change poses serious security risks. A series of authoritative governmental and non-governmental analyses over more than three decades lays a strong foundation for concern over climate change implications for US national security.

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South Asia needs to adopt a gender mainstreaming approach in climate policy

Women are vital for effective climate policy making and implementation. In South Asia, more needs to be done to systematically integrate women into policy processes - as active stakeholders and not merely as victims of climate risks.

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09 July 2019, New York, USA

HLPF Side Event - Driving Transformative Change:
Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda

At this year's High Level Political Forum, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN  and adelphi organise a side event on foreign affairs and the 2030 Agenda. The essence of the SDGs – greater welfare, security and sustainability for all – aligns with core foreign policy objectives. But what is the role of diplomacy in the global sustainability architecture? And what are the fields of engagement for a new “Sustainable Foreign Policy”? Register for the event that will address these questions here.

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21-23 September 2019, New York, USA

Climate Action Summit 2019

The United Nations Secretary-General will host a summit on climate change on 21-23 September 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The purpose of this year's climate summit is twofold. First, it will mobilise political will to raise ambition for the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals. Second, it will demonstrate transformative action in the real economy in support of the goals.

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BEST OF Launch Event “Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda”

At a panel discussion at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, experts discussed the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture, as well as fields of engagement and tools of a new "Diplomacy for Sustainability". In this video, we have put together some of the event’s best moments and key statements.

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BEST OF Berlin Climate and Security Conference

From politicians to climate scientists and security experts, a group of high-ranking specialists gathered at the Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2019 on 4 June 2019. They joined forces in order to convey one clear message: the climate crisis directly affects security, and the time to act is now. The conference culminated in the Berlin Call for Action, which sets out three concrete action areas. Watch some of the conference's best moments, key statements and short expert interviews.

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  New Publications

Berlin Climate and Security Conference: Berlin Call for Action

With increasing evidence of climate change acting as a “threat multiplier” in fragile and conflict-prone situations, the Berlin Climate and Security Conference, which took place at the German Federal Foreign Office on 4 June 2019, aimed at increasing the momentum for decisive action to address climate-related drivers of conflict. The outcome document, the Berlin Call for Action, sets out three concrete areas to tackle the risks posed by climate change to peace and security.


Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda

Foreign policy can pave the way for transformative change by actively supporting the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ultimately striving for more peace and justice worldwide. This volume explores how foreign policy can contribute to achieving sustainable ways of life and provide strategic guidance. It points out entry points, priorities and trade-offs. The volume was officially launched in Berlin on 30 April 2019.


Peace Science Digest Special Issue - Climate Change, Security and Conflict

While climate change may not directly cause conflict, it may be inextricably woven into pre-existing conflicts of power, ethnicity, and economic interest. This special edition of Peace Science Digest offers a compilation of articles on climate change, security, and conflict. It comprises five analyses, which include current research, key talking points, practical implications, further reading and contemporary relevance.
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The Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG) was formed in early 2006. Given the wide variety of expertise available at Manipal University, this initiative seeks to establish synergies between fundamental research in the natural (physical) sciences and engineering. MARG has also launched the Science, Technology and Security Forum (STSf) website, which is intended to provide a platform to the larger strategic, academic, diplomatic and scientific community to participate in debates on matters impacting international security with a particular focus on Asia and, in particular, India.

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