Melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the Andes, more frequent storms in the Caribbean and Oceania, changing weather patterns in Africa and the Middle East: the challenges posed by climate change are enormous. The repercussions raise geopolitical questions, have implications for livelihoods and development, and necessitate a strategic response to ensure sustainable development. They raise questions that go to the heart of international politics...

Climate diplomacy is multi-faceted and characterised by a variety of implications and interpretations depending on region, culture, discipline or socio-economic background. Different narratives on the diplomatic challenges and opportunities climate change presents resonate with different audiences.

It is in the world’s cities that the most ambitious climate action can be observed – but equally the most harrowing failures. As much as 70% of global CO2 emissions originate in cities. Thus, the impact of cities on our climate is huge – and greater consideration must be given to their needs and potentialduring climate negotiations. An increasing level of collaboration among cities (e.g. in networks) makes it more feasible than ever for national governments to engage with cities as a coherent group of actors.

Climate action presents an opportunity to grow the economy sustainably. The New Climate Economy report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate shows that up to 90% of climate actions required to stay below 2° warming are compatible with economic development and broadly shared improvements in living standards. Many of these investments are profitable even without considering their benefits for the climate ...

Water is a key element through which climate change impacts on our immediate environment. A very significant proportion of adaptation to climate change will consist of adapting to hydrological changes – changing patterns in rainfall, the changing availability of freshwater in particular regions, greater variability in flows, more intense extreme weather events, and the resulting consequences for biodiversity, food security and more. These changes have important repercussions for international relations.

Global food security is a core concern among the different impacts of climate change. The expected increases in temperature and changes in the hydrological cycle – changing rainfall patterns and regional water availability, greater variability, and more frequent as well as more intense floods and droughts – are likely to have significant impacts on agricultural output.

The discussion on how to tackle climate risks has repeatedly highlighted the role of diplomacy and resilience strengthening. The German Foreign Office contributes to this process by supporting the debate in different fora on how to address climate change related risks and how to use diplomacy to strengthen resilience at various levels ...

With the active involvement of German climate diplomacy, the UN has offered a regular platform for discussing climate risks for peace and stability ...

The Group of 7 has been at the forefront of putting climate-fragility risks on the global agenda and has initiated a range of activities to work on them ...

The security consequences of climate change will be different in each continent and will interact with social, political and economic processes and capabilities unique to each region. Different ecoregions in South and South East Asia, Africa and Latin America will thus confront diverse challenges.

Climate change impacts and their security implications at the global, regional and local levels are complex, dynamic and uncertain. In order to formulate appropriate policies and sound long-term strategies, a thorough grasp of the possible interplay between climate change risks and security are necessary ...

The Climate Security Dialogues were created as a forum to discuss the impacts of a shifting climate in times of political, economic and demographic transformation, bridging the science-policy gap ...

adelphi and the German Federal Foreign Office hosted a series of expert discussions from 2012 to 2017, each focusing on a geopolitical issue related to climate diplomacy ...

In cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, adelphi prepares and conducts targeted policy briefings for German Embassy officials, officers from German implementing agencies, and representatives of German foundations in selected capitals. adelphi offers a second training track for diplomats, both German and foreign, which covers an array of foreign policy instruments ...

An appropriate response to the security threats of climate change requires an international network of strong partnerships with developing countries and emerging economies. While many of the most significant climate policy challenges occur on the global stage, the key to adequate action in each region is to understand trends and responses to threats at lower levels. …

Engaging the wider public in the debate around climate diplomacy is a strategic objective. adelphi and the German Federal Foreign Office have devised an integrated communication concept that provides comprehensive information to societies and decision-makers, with the overall aim of facilitating the debate. Importantly, the structure of the communication products facilitates and supports the formation of regional perspectives, and allows climate diplomacy to be viewed through different lenses to ensure its relevance in various contexts.

The website www.climate-diplomacy.org comprises information on all of our activities related to climate diplomacy, including electronic versions of all booklets, briefs, and documentations. It is embedded within the broader www.ecc-platform.org website, which functions as a clearing …

In 2005, at the initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office, adelphi created a touring exhibition to increase awareness and understanding of environment, conflict and cooperation linkages and trigger a wider debate on these issues in …

The ECC Factbook is an interactive online map and encyclopaedia analysing more than 100 conflicts with an environmental dimension. Its fundamental purpose is to provide an overview of conflict and cooperation around the world relating to environmental change, and to allow diplomats, policy-makers and the public to search, access, understand and compare instances of conflict, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Federal Foreign Office Climate Fund has financed projects in various countries, with the aim of raising awareness of climate change and its consequences, and with a focus on presenting possible …