In 2022, the German government set out to draft a foreign climate policy strategy under the leadership and coordination of its Federal Foreign Office. From September 2022 to April 2023, the Center for Climate and Foreign Policy at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) will accompany the development of this strategy with a dialogue process.
This structured dialogue process – a project that is funded by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and whose output will be in German – brings together stakeholders from civil society, research, and business as well as from implementing organizations. The goal is to broadly discuss the foreign policy dimension of the climate crisis and to help network the relevant actors. Concrete options for action are to be identified and the opportunities and risks of various policy approaches assessed. The findings from this process are to be incorporated into the government’s strategy.
DGAP contributes experts from various fields who share their knowledge on the foreign policy dimensions of the climate crisis. It also serves as an ideal venue for the non-partisan and interdisciplinary exchange that is urgently needed to identify solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis.
The central element of the dialogue process is a series of events focusing on strategic issues of foreign climate policy. In addition to the green transformation and the need for the decarbonization of industry and its foreign and geopolitical implications, topics include issues of adaptation to climate impacts and the growing importance of worldwide damage and loss related to climate change. The discussions around these themes will focus on the foreign, security, and geopolitical implications of a changing global climate, as well as how the German government can best position itself in dealing with these issues.