Climate change impacts and their foreign policy implications at the global, regional and local levels are complex and dynamic. In order to formulate appropriate policies and sound long-term strategies, as well as to conduct climate outreach, a thorough grasp of climate diplomacy, and an understanding of the characteristics of climate impacts and politics in each region are necessary.

In this context, the German Federal Foreign Office and adelphi have taken on a programme for further developing the capacities and knowledge available to the Federal Foreign Office, consisting of a range of capacity building formats, since 2011.

Specific country profiles complemented the diplomatic toolkit in the run-up to COP21 in order to support targeted outreach to selected partner countries. These profiles looked into the specifics of each country’s approach to national and international climate politics, helping to identify common interests and entry points for ambitious climate cooperation – based on so-called climate diplomacy narratives.

A series of policy briefings, organised for German Embassy staff and representatives of German donor agencies in regions of key political interest, has been undertaken in recent years and a two-track executive training for diplomats has been initiated.

At the Federal Foreign Office, roundtables with invited experts are organised at regular intervals to provide new perspectives and in-depth knowledge to foreign policy-makers. A series of region-specific Climate Security Dialogues for the Foreign Office’s senior staff and other German government decision-makers allowed for an ongoing exchange on the particular linkages between climate and security with experts from four regions: Southern Mediterranean, Latin America, South Asia and Central Asia.