Protecting the world from crisis: new fields of engagement for a sustainable foreign policy
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 the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new study ‚Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda‘ explores what contributions foreign policy can make on the road to achieving sustainable ways of life and provide guidance by pointing out entry points, priorities and trade-offs. They aim to inspire actors around the world to work together to initiate and boost the necessary changes.
The international community faces ever-increasing challenges, including the elimination of glaring inequality and the management of finite natural resources. At the same time, the willingness to cooperate seems to be waning and unilateral action makes it difficult to find joint solutions. German 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). The six incisive essays in ‘Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda’, a study from Berlin based think tank adelphi, show how foreign policy can advance the 2030 Agenda.
What 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’? The essays and the panel discussion at the Federal Foreign Office on April 30, 2019 explore these questions. This event is being organised by adelphi and Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany).
‘The SDGs have a common goal: the conservation of resources, social justice, peace and stability. The geopolitical significance of the 2030 Agenda lies in the sphere of influence of foreign policy,’ explains adelphi’s managing director Alexander Carius, who will moderate the discussion. In the foreword to the study, Miguel Berger, Director-General for Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development at the German Federal Foreign Office, and keynote speaker Susanne Baumann, Director-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the Federal Foreign Office, note: ‘The 2030 Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals guide us in our efforts to meet these major challenges. What we need is “Diplomacy for Sustainability”.’
ABOUT THE STUDY
The study was written by adelphi in cooperation with renowned international partner institutions such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University and CDP Worldwide. The initiative and this publication are supported by a grant from the German Federal Foreign Office.
>> The new study is available for download on adelphi’s website: http://adelph.it/SDGdiplomacy
adelphi is a leading independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, the environment and development. A team of 200 innovators, designers, strategists and agenda setters, we design options for a sustainable future based on scientifically sound policy analysis, interdisciplinary research and dialogue with political and social actors and decision-makers.
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Brown, Oli; Stella Schaller, David Steven, Rachel Locke, Lukas Rüttinger, Daria Ivleva, Alexander Müller, Benjamin Pohl, Clare Church, Alec Crawford, Sara Batmanglich, Benno Keppner, Daniel Weiß, Pietro Bertazzi and Bibiana García 2019: Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda. Berlin: adelphi.