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Driving transformative change: Foreign affairs and the 2030 Agenda

30 April 2019
Berlin, Unterwasserstraße 10, 10117

The aim of the event is to present and discuss a new essay series on the relevance of SDGs to foreign and security policy. In launching this series, we seek to underline the importance of using the SDGs to achieve core foreign policy objectives and engage in a dialogue with foreign policy practitioners on their role in delivering sound practices. 

The 2030 Agenda is essential to peace and stability worldwide and is becoming an important point of reference for foreign policymakers. As more knowledge about violent conflicts and fragility is produced, the relevance of the SDGs to achieving (re)solutions becomes increasingly clear.

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. 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 SDGs have a common aim: more peace and justice worldwide. But what exactly 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"?

To discuss these new foreign policy challenges, adelphi, the German Federal Foreign Office and SDSN Germany are co-organising a panel discussion on 30 April 2019 in the Europasaal at the Federal Foreign Office. The event aims to promote exchange between experts in foreign and development policy, civil society and academia on what is needed for a truly sustainable foreign policy and successful crisis prevention. Discussion topics are based on a study conducted 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 the CDP.


  • Susanne Baumann, Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and Head of the Directorate-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the Federal Foreign Office
  • Oli Brown, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House
  • Fatima Denton, Director, UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)
  • Adolf Kloke-Lesch, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany
  • David Steven, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, New York University's Center on International Cooperation
  • Verónica Tomei, Project Manager, German Council for Sustainable Development


Moderated by Alexander Carius, Managing Director, adelphi 

If you wish to participate, please register until 25 April 2019. For  more information about the venue visit the event website.