The new and improved Climate Diplomacy platform is here!

What has changed?

The website will continue to comprise information on all of our activities related to climate diplomacy, including electronic versions of reports, briefs and documentation, as well as to collect external resources that are relevant for our visitors, and the climate community in general. But a few things have changed in the new platform version:

Less focus on formats, more focus on issue areas

Whereas the old Climate Diplomacy platform had its content sorted by format - articles, publications, videos - the new platform aims to gather contents by the overarching issue it addresses. On the Magazine page, content is sorted into the thematic areas of Environment, Conflict and Cooperation. The aim behind this new strategy is to provide our visitors with a curated selection of resources that are relevant for them, depending on their interests and professional background.

The Environment section is intended as a catchall to inform all types of professionals on the main sectors affected by climate and environmental change. Here you can discover more about the environmental impacts of climate change, natural resources, biodiversity, urban challenges and livelihoods.

The Conflict section is directed towards practitioners working on the ground, particularly in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict mediation, security, adaptation and resilience to climate change. Here we offer select materials on climate and environmental impacts to security, fragility and displacement, as well as conflict mitigation and peacebuilding.

The Cooperation section is a hub for policy-makers, diplomats and international organisations. Here you find a collection of key resources on foreign climate policy and diplomacy, multilateralism and cooperation, multi-sector engagement, inclusion, and finance.

As we navigate through the cross-sectoral impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, many of these issue areas are likely to overlap. We try our best to categorise the content as per its main focus. Should you have trouble navigating through the categories (or simply miss being able to search content by format), we invite you to use our universal search. Also, let us know how we can improve:


Consolidation of our information products

The issue areas Environment, Conflict and Cooperation have been the pillars of our knowledge platform for nearly two decades, born from the former Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) Platform. While the ECC information products expanded to offer knowledge on environmental risks to security, the Climate Diplomacy platform emerged to inform policy-makers on the benefits of and entry points for cooperation on climate action. And so, the consolidated Climate Diplomacy Platform was born! It unites:

  • The 'old' Climate Diplomacy website and its content on foreign climate policy and diplomacy, flagship climate reports, key events, conference summaries, opinion blogs, video interviews and podcasts. It also comprises information on all of our climate diplomacy activities, including all our reports, briefs and documentation;
  • The ECC Platform on Environment, Conflict and Cooperation, including its extensive library of articles, publications and more on environmental conflicts and cooperation;
  • The ECC Factbook's more than 130 case studies on local and regional impacts of climate and environmental change to peace and stability. Each case study offers advanced conceptual models that analyse the conflict's context, duration, actor constellation and resolution efforts. The Factbook is an advanced tool directed towards researchers and field practitioners;
  • The online version of the ECC Exhibition and its topic and region-based modules that depict environmental impacts and their effects on security, as well cooperation opportunities. The Exhibition is an introductory tool directed towards professionals from outside the climate and environment communities, as well as students and the wider public. The Exhibition is also available in physical format, having toured across all continents, and been shown in embassies, universities and conferences. It is available in English, Spanish and French.

Testimonials from our long-time partners

Jennifer Morgan

The Climate Diplomacy platform is now, more than ever, a vital resource for news, trends, and reports. Providing such crucial research is so important as we face a critical juncture this year regarding the climate crisis, COVID19 and the pressing need for a just and green recovery.

Jennifer MorganExecutive Director, Greenpeace International

Countries and communities suffering from conflict and insecurity are among those hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. To tackle these emergencies head on, we must address climate change and peace together. Any pathway toward net zero emissions must also support peacebuilding and vice-versa. The Climate Diplomacy Platform is an important tool providing much needed analysis and resources to help inform early action and response to climate-related security risks.

Achim SteinerAdministrator, UN Development Programme
Achim Steiner
Ashok Swain

The Climate Diplomacy platform of adelphi is possibly the most important news and knowledge provider that the world needs to acquire and build its diplomatic capacity and systems to face the dangers of climate risks. For the last two decades, the platform has been my ‘go-to’ place for information on essential data and cutting-edge research on climate security.

Ashok SwainProfessor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Climate change is a supremely international topic that warrants cooperation, communication and confidence between all stakeholders. Diplomacy is the art of finding compromises and working towards peace and stability. For me, Climate Diplomacy therefore is at the heart of a future-oriented Foreign Policy seeking to prevent harmful political consequences of global warming such as tension, conflict and fragility. At the same time, Climate Diplomacy is a necessary driver of the UNFCCC process. The web-site serves as a repository of good political practice and scientific evidence informing high-level decision making.

Hinrich ThölkenDirector of International Climate and Energy Policy and Digital Transformation, German Federal Foreign Office
Hinrich Thölken
Inger Andersen

As we seek to overcome the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste, the Climate Diplomacy Platform is a vital tool to help us build a better understanding of the links between environmental risks, security and conflict, thereby deepening environmental cooperation on the planetary challenges facing humanity.

Inger AndersenExecutive Director, UN Environment Programme

Twenty years ago, science was clear that we were facing major global climate risks. Today we are in the midst of a global climate crisis. A soft landing for humanity in the coming twenty years may still be possible, but will require double climate diplomacy; both in accelerating a peaceful trasition to a post-fossil fuel world, and the delicate handling of unavoidable shocks that can lead to social collapse, displacement, migration and conflict. Climate diplomacy is needed more then ever.

Johan RockströmDirector, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Johan Rockström
Ottilia Maunganidze

The Climate Diplomacy platform is a critical tool to inform on developments in the field, and better understand the nexus between climate change and human security, food security, stability and development. It serves as a one-stop portal shaping constructive debates on global, regional and local climate security.

Ottilia MaunganidzeHead of Special Projects, Institute for Security Studies

With its Climate Diplomacy platform, adelphi has created a crucial resource to increase understanding of the links between climate change and conflict, as well as to help devise measures to mitigate the worst effects.  At Berghof, we work with Adelphi and use its expertise to plan our own responses to this momentous threat to international peace and security.

Andrew GilmourExecutive Director, Berghof Foundation
Andrew Gilmour
Gary Lewis

The impact of climate change and nature loss are increasingly posing threats to peace and human security.  I believe that the knowledge and expertise made available through the Climate Diplomacy platform provides an essential evidence base for us to see these links and design implementable solutions.

Gary LewisDirector for Disasters and Conflicts, UN Environment Programme

It is exciting to see the climate diplomacy initiative growing bigger and stronger, providing a diverse selection of knowledge products on climate-security risks across different countries and regions. The climate diplomacy platform provides a much-needed repository for robust and evidence-based research that is key for invigorating the urgency to intensify climate action and informing programming across the humanitarian-development-and-peace nexus.

Salma Kadry

Researcher for Climate, Security and Development, Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Salma Kadry
Michael Keating

Climate Diplomacy is an invaluable forum for information exchange, networking and practical ideas for a diverse range of constituencies that share the conviction that climate matters to peace and security. The Institute is delighted to belong to the forum, both to share experience, to stress test our own approach, and to improve our collective knowledge and understanding of the nexus between climate, human security and conflict resolution. Climate Diplomacy was ahead of its time when it was established; its innovative and collegial approach is needed now more than ever.

Michael KeatingExecutive Director, European Institute of Peace

Climate Diplomacy is a rich repository of ideas and solutions that span the globe.  It is an invaluable platform for thinking and rethinking how international cooperation can boost climate action at the global, regional, national and local levels.  The revamped site makes it even more intuitive to navigate, both on desktop and mobile phone versions. 

Adriana Erthal AbdenurCo-Founder and Executive Director, Plataforma Cipó
Adriana Erthal Abdenur
Dan Smith

When the Climate Diplomacy platform was founded 20 years ago, it was pushing an idea – that climate change will have an impact on many dimensions of security – an idea that was new, therefore unfamiliar to most, an unwelcome distraction for some, but an inspiration for others. Keeping on pressing that idea, supporting it with empirical research, communicating it in intelligent packages, Climate Diplomacy has helped change the way these big issues are thought about and discussed. Now, as the message is finally hitting home, Climate Diplomacy promotes good ideas for policy response and good process for developing even better ones. A changing role – and still a crucial one.

Dan SmithStockholm International Peace Research Institute