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 Comments

Muriel Asseburg
Shrinking Spaces in Israel

Contraction of Democratic Space, Consolidation of Occupation, and Ongoing Human Rights Violations Call for a Paradigm Shift in Europe’s Policies


Rainer Glatz, Martin Zapfe
Ambitious Framework Nation: Germany in NATO

Bundeswehr Capability Planning and the “Framework Nations Concept”


SWP Research Papers

Felix Heiduk
An Arms Race in Southeast Asia?

Changing Arms Dynamics, Regional Security and the Role of European Arms Exports


Oliver Meier
Non-Proliferation in Areas of Limited Statehood

The Contribution of International Regimes to Controlling Mass Destruction Capacities in War and Crisis Zones