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

Yoram Peri
The Widening Military–political Gap in Israel

Former Chiefs of Staff Fight for Principles of Statism


Sinem Adar
Repatriation to Turkey’s “Safe Zone” in Northeast Syria

Ankara’s Goals and European Concerns


SWP Research Papers

Bettina Rudloff
A Stable Countryside for a Stable Country?

The Effects of a DCFTA with the EU on Tunisian Agriculture


Claudia Zilla
Evangelicals and Politics in Brazil

The Relevance of Religious Change in Latin America