Sustainability, Climate and Energy

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Sustainable development is about treating natural resources responsibly and protecting ecosystems without impeding economic and social development. While this is a noble principle and political objective, there are often conflicts of goals. The United Nations recently adopted a new catalogue of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to take account of interlinkages between goals – but also contain conflicting targets. Conflicts of interest hamper the search for political solutions, as clearly revealed by analyses of political processes in climate and energy policy. International interdependencies also mean that ideally multilateral solutions have to be found at international or regional level and then implemented at national and local level with the involvement of all relevant political actors and societal stakeholders. This complex multi-level governance brings about many challenges.

The SWP analyses in this dossier examine developments and issues in the field of sustainability, climate and energy. They track international and European policy processes, and discuss recommendations for action.

SWP Research Papers

Volker Stanzel (ed.)
New Realities in Foreign Affairs: Diplomacy in the 21st Century


Volker Stanzel
Introduction: Following the Wrong Track or Walking on Stepping Stones - Which Way for Diplomacy?