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. In some cases, representatives of the EEAS and other EU Member States as well as G7 officials are also included. Furthermore, in order to enable foreign ministry staff to apply central concepts of climate diplomacy, the German Federal Foreign Office has embarked on a two-track executive training programme for diplomats, which aims to impart key skills and up-to-date knowledge.

The briefings elaborate on climate security risks in the specific regions and provide an introduction to the Federal Foreign Office’s approach and efforts to develop a foreign policy perspective on climate security risks. Participants become acquainted with the broader climate and security debate and the respective UN processes and activities. There is also discussion on the particular role that embassies may play in promoting policies to address risks in the respective domestic and regional contexts.

The objective of the briefings is for the participants to further develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic in order to be able to undertake climate diplomacy outreach in line with international processes and German foreign policy priorities. To this end, participants discuss the extent to which climate change can be a threat multiplier, the policies and measures needed to tackle climate risks, the kind of international activities that are of key relevance for this topic, and possible options for German foreign policy in the respective regional settings.

The first track is a yearly, week-long training programme by the Federal Foreign Office for younger German diplomats from embassies and headquarters on current and main topics of climate and energy policy. Leading experts from ministries, universities and think tanks are invited to provide insights, share their experience in negotiations, and contribute ideas for further development of an ambitious global climate policy. Headquarter and embassy staff exchange their experience in implementing climate and energy diplomacy projects in their host countries, thus disseminating best practices among German foreign missions.

adelphi offers a second training track for diplomats, both German and foreign, which covers an array of foreign policy instruments, as well as approaches and actors’ perspectives on climate change. The training programme makes use of innovative methods such as the simulation of UN Security Council sessions on climate security. In 2013, the training implemented on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office took place in Berlin and was conducted for diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean; in 2015, the above simulation was undertaken with German diplomats.