Minerals & Mining
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
International Resource Panel (IRP), UN Environment Programme
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Resources, including minerals and metals, underpin the world’s economies for almost all sectors, providing crucial raw materials for their industrial processes. Despite efforts to decouple economies from resource use towards a circular economy, demand for extractive resources will continue to grow on the back of emerging economies. This report maps existing international governance frameworks and initiatives which have overlapping subsets that focus on delivering the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Climate Diplomacy
Private Sector
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Benno Keppner (adelphi), Daniel Weiß (adelphi), Pietro Bertazzi (CDP) and Bibiana García (adelphi)
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From conflict prevention to human rights protection – companies are vital for the success of the 2030 Agenda and foreign policy alike. But progress on SDG implementation in the business world is at a turning point. Foreign policy can and must play a decisive role by building a robust knowledge base, making use of economic diplomacy tools and bringing trade and foreign direct investment in line with the SDGs.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Private Sector
Global Issues
Alec Crawford and Claire Church, IISD

The strategic and well-informed inclusion of the private sector in climate change adaptation planning and activities must be a key part of all countries’ efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change; they will be key partners in the design, financing and implementation of adaptation priorities. This study aims to offer guidance to governments and their partners on how to engage the private sector in the NAP process.

Adaptation & Resilience
Energy
Minerals & Mining
Global Issues
Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, IRENA
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Current trends depict an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation. Renewables have moved to the centre of the global energy landscape. Technological advances and falling costs have made renewables grow faster than any other energy source. Many renewable technologies are now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in the power sector, even before taking into account their contributions to the battles against air pollution and climate change. These trends are creating an irreversible momentum for a global energy transformation leading to shifts that will affect almost all countries and will have wide-ranging geopolitical consequences.

This report published by IRENA's Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy & Industry, and the German Federal Foreign Office looks into these developments from a foreign policy perspective.

Cities
Civil Society
Climate Change
Energy
Forests
Land & Food
Minerals & Mining
Water
Global Issues
World Resources Institute

Working with over 30 partners, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently launched the Resource Watch. The platform provides a wide array of data sets on various sustainability topics, ranging from food security to urban climate challenges.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Global Issues
Daria Ivleva, Christine Scholl, Stephan Wolters (adelphi), Tim Schlösser and Kim Schultze (GIZ)
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"From Riches to Rags?" looks into the subject of stranded assets in the fossil fuel sector. Stranded assets are assets that lose value, or generate new liabilities, before they reach the end of their (planned) economic life. In this paper, assets primarily refer to fossil fuel resources (oil, gas and coal) that need to stay in the ground because otherwise the 2-degree target specified in the Paris Agreement would be jeopardised.

Climate Change
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Environment & Migration
Private Sector
Security
Global Issues
Kars de Bruijne, Minke Meijnders and Lauriane Héau, Clingendael

The report “New dots on the security horizon” analyses the top threats to EU security identified by the Clingendael Expert Pool that brings together over 200 experts on five selected fields (climate change, CBRN, free trade, migration and terrorism). It summarizes the results of an online survey that was conducted in order to identify and compile a shortlist of upcoming and new threats. 

Civil Society
Conflict Transformation
Private Sector
Security
Global Issues
United Nations and World Bank

This book is a joint United Nations and World Bank study that looks at how development processes can better interact with diplomacy and mediation, security and other tools to prevent conflict from becoming violent.

Energy
Minerals & Mining
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
Sub-Saharan Africa
Europe
Global Issues
Sijbren de Jong, Willem L. Auping, Willem Th. Oosterveld, Artur Usanov, Mercedes Abdalla, Alice van de Bovenkamp, and Christopher Frattina della Frattina
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HCSS (2017) Geopolitical Impact Climate Mitigation

At the Paris Climate Conference held in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement – the first universal, legally binding global climate deal. The signatory parties committed themselves to a global action plan that aims to keep global warming to well below 2°C and to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Co-Benefits
Development
Private Sector
South America
Daria Ivleva and Stephan Wolters
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This brief summarises the insights of the regional workshop on Foreign Policy Contributions to Climate Economy in Latin America that was organised by adelphi, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) and the German Embassy in Lima as part of the climate diplomacy initiative. It aimed to promote regional dialogue on the climate economy and brought together representatives from foreign ministries and other line ministries, civil society and the private sector from across Latin America, in particular the Andean countries.

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