30 April, Berlin | Foreign Affairs & the 2030 Agenda (Panel Discussion)

The challenges facing the international community are increasing, while the willingness to cooperate often appears to be waning. By supporting the 2030 Agenda, German foreign policy can pave the way for transformative change and help prevent future crises.


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.

Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Europasaal, German Federal Foreign Office (Unterwasserstraße 10, 10117 Berlin)

Registration required by 25 April.


  • 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

Moderated by Alexander Carius, Managing Director, adelphi 

Please note that the event will be held in English. The event opening will be followed by a panel discussion as well as snacks and drinks in the lobby until 8:00 pm.

Further information on the event, background and logistics.