Climate Diplomacy Podcast

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Does China's Belt and Road initiative put the brakes on decarbonisation? The case of Kazakhstan

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a prime example of how decarbonisation processes interact with geopolitics. China’s support to energy, transportation and industrial projects influence emissions trajectories of the partner countries, and investments often underpin the geopolitical aspirations of China and its partners. The specific projects and geopolitical context vary across the different target countries and regions, and, therefore, so do their potential implications for climate action. This episode looks at China-financed projects in Kazakhstan and seeks to explore the dynamics of decarbonisation and geopolitics.

Interview partner for this episode is Daria Ivleva, author of the MISTRA Geopolitics report “The Belt and Road Initiative in Kazakhstan: Does the geopolitics of China’s outward investments put the brakes on decarbonisation?"

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COVID and Climate Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has profound global impacts. While all countries have been affected, the pandemic is hitting those that were already struggling with poverty, conflict and the impacts of climate change especially hard. This podcast episode seeks to explore these dynamics by interviewing the authors of the Climate Security Expert Network Report “Spreading Disease, Spreading Conflict? COVID-19, Climate Change and Security Risks”. You can download the report here.

This episode features Adrian Foong, Analyst at adelphi, Beatrice Mosello, Senior Advisor at adelphi, Christian König, Analyst at adelphi, Emily Wright, Consultant at adelphi, and Susanne Wolfmaier, Project Manager at adelphi, discussing the intersection of health, climate and conflict risks and explaining four key pathways through which COVID-19 can exacerbate climate-related security risks.

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We Need To Talk - Changing Climate, Changing Conflicts

This episode features Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation, and Janani Vivekananda, Senior Advisor at adelphi, in an intimate fireside chat. Moderated by renowned mediator and former diplomat Günther Baechler, they discuss why and how climate change and environmental considerations should be an integral part of conflict analysis and peacebuilding processes. The speakers’ vast experiences seeing first-hand the effects of climate change on conflict dynamics around the world allows for an interesting and lively discussion about climate change in peacebuilding.

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Foreign Affairs and the Agenda 2030

The world needs to undergo a deep, transformative change to achieve sustainability. Yet, progress on many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda is lagging while the willingness to cooperate internationally often seems to be waning. Foreign policy must help bridge this gap, ensuring ambition and providing guidance. In this episode of the Climate Diplomacy Podcast, host Martin Wall discusses the role of foreign affairs in the global sustainability architecture with Daria Ivleva, one of the editors of adelphi’s recent publication Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the Agenda 2030.

Interviewee: Daria Ivleva, adelphi

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Populism and Climate Change

Right-wing populist parties are already part of the governments of seven EU member states and are expected to make up a quarter of MEPs after the European elections in May 2019. The dwindling trust of citizens in democratic institutions and in Europe, the re-sorting of party spectrums, the declining influence of traditional popular parties as well as the emergence of multi-party coalitions and minority governments will all make governance increasingly difficult. At the same time, we are experiencing a profound transformation of life, work and mobility through digitalisation, urbanisation and climate change. In this episode host Martin Wall talks to the authors of an explorative study on the the voices and the weight of right-wing populist parties in the formulation of European climate policy.

Interviewees: Stella Schaller and Alexander Carius, adelphi


You can download the study "Convenient Truths - Mapping climate agendas of right-wing populist parties in Europe" here.

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#Doable - The Planetary Security Conference 2019

The Planetary Security Conference brings together experts, policy makers and politicians from around the world to discuss how best to tackle the security risks of climate change. The conference also reports on progress towards meeting the ambitions of The Hague Declaration which set out an action agenda for the community of practice on climate security. This year we spent some time interviewing some of the participants to get their insights into how climate change affects international and human security.

Interviewees include:

  • Alexander Carius - Managing Director, adelphi
  • Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram - Assisstant Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India
  • Camilla Born - Senior Policy Advisor, E3G and SIPRI Senior Fellow


Also watch the Best of Video of the Planetary Security Conference 2019.

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The UNSC's role in addressing climate related security risks

With climate change increasingly being seen as a security issue, we ask what role the United Nations Security Council could and should play. To answer this question, we are joined on the Climate Diplomacy Podcast by UN expert and Chatham House Associate Fellow Oli Brown. In this podcast, Oli explains some of the challenges that the UN Security Council has had in tackling climate change and outlines the prospects for action in the future.


Interviewee: Oli Brown, Chatham House