Adrian Foong and Stella Schaller (adelphi)
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Event summary 30 April 2019 - DRIVING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE - Foreign Affairs and SDGs

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can prevent conflict and safeguard global stability – and, as a new study from adelphi shows, foreign policy has a critical role to play.

Development
Security
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Sara Batmanglich (OECD), Pietro Bertazzi (CDP), Oli Brown (Chatham House), Clare Church and Alec Crawford (IISD), Rachel Locke and David Steven (Center of International Cooperation, NYU), Alexander Müller (TMG Think Tank for Sustainability), Alexander Carius, Bibiana Garcia, Daria Ivleva, Benno Keppner, Benjamin Pohl, Lukas Rüttinger and Stella Schaller (adelphi)

The challenges facing the international community are growing while the willingness to cooperate seems to be waning and unilateral action at times gets in the way of joint solutions. Foreign policy can pave the way for transformative change by actively supporting a major achievement of multilateralism: the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals have a common aim: more peace and justice worldwide. But what exactly is the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture? What are the fields of engagement and tools of a new "Diplomacy for Sustainability"?

Adaptation & Resilience
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Technology & Innovation
Global Issues
UN Environment Programme

From the innovations and ethical dilemmas of synthetic biology to the options for appropriate international adaptation to climate change: The new report by UN Environment “Frontiers 2018/19” explores the emerging environmental issues facing the planet.

Climate Change
Energy
Global Issues
Jan Burck, Ursula Hagen, Franziska Marten, Niklas Höhne and Christoph Bals
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The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool of countries' climate protection performances. It compares climate protection efforts and progresses made by individual countries. Up until now, no country has made it to one of the top three categories.

Climate Change
Land & Food
Security
Europe
Oxford Research Group

This primer explains the current situation concerning the United Kingdom’s food supply and how this is likely to change in the medium and long term as a result of climate change. It discusses likely threats to UK food security emerging from a range of potential warming scenarios and the current policy debate on how to address them effectively.

Climate Diplomacy
Development
Global Issues
Asia
Lina Li and Daria Ivleva (adelphi)
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China is rapidly evolving into one of the world’s largest overseas investors and is now increasingly investing in the renewable energy sector. China has also enhanced its development cooperation stance through its ever more ambitious south-south cooperation agendas. As an emerging key international donor, China is at a crossroads and actively shaping its new role in the global development landscape. Could China become a new climate responsible donor?

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.

Adaptation & Resilience
Development
Finance
Global Issues
Valerio Micale, Bella Tonkonogy and Federico Mazza
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The frequency and magnitude of natural hazards triggered by climate change has been increasing globally. However, current investments in adaptation constitute only a fraction of what is needed to avoid costly and catastrophic future impacts.This report explores the current state of finance for climate adaptation and proposes practical, near term solutions to both fill in knowledge gaps and to increase investment.

 

Adaptation & Resilience
Sub-Saharan Africa
South America
Central America & Caribbean
Middle East & North Africa
Oceania & Pacific
Asia
Nikolas Scherer and Dennis Tänzler (adelphi)
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The so-called Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group was established in October 2015 with the inaugural meeting of the V20 Ministers of Finance at the Climate Vulnerable Forum in Lima, Peru. The V20 can be considered as an example of the importance of early action in the field of adaptation in order to initiate a transformative change towards resilient societies.

Climate Change
Energy
Global Issues

The Global Fossil Project Tracker (GFPT) is a resource for researchers, communities, activists, and students who would like to learn more about fossil fuel industry infrastructure around the world. It serves as a surveillance system for planned and existing projects, enabling users to track locations, status, size, history, ownership, and industry trends. The tracker was designed and produced by CoalSwarm.

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