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Climate change, perhaps today’s most challenging peace and security issue, is a direct threat to human survival and wellbeing. It is also a threat-multiplier, especially in conflict prone areas of the world.

In an effort to diminish this threat, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius (2.0°C) above preindustrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to a safer target of 1.5°C. As of now, the current trajectory of temperature rise is far off course. To successfully limit global warming to 1.5°C, ambitious and transformative policy action is needed.


Current Work

To help the world reach this ambitious goal, the Stanley Foundation is engaging key stakeholders at multiple levels to determine and pursue transformational pathways necessary to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In particular, our programming focuses on:

  • Advancing the determination of necessary transformational pathways in the next 18 months so as to inspire policy development and action that make a 1.5°C target achievable.
  • Encouraging sub- and nonstate actors to be on the leading edge of identifying and pursuing necessary transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.
  • Fostering cooperation between and among advocates, sub- and nonstate actors, and the policymaking community as they innovate on the most challenging transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The foundation is part of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, which is working to promote stronger and more ambitious sub- and nonstate climate action and as a catalyst for transformational actions at all levels.

Contact Rei Tang for more information.


Latest Publication

Enhancing Ambition on Forests to Achieve the 1.5°C Goal
Real Economy. Real Talk.
Policy Dialogue Brief
July 2018

This policy dialogue brief presents key observations and recommendations gathered as a part of a series of dialogues on the land use sector and climate change. Issue experts, policymakers, and civil society representatives explore ways to protect, expand, and manage forests responsibly and cost-effectively to provide immediate emissions reductions. Read More

Articles

August 2018
The Good of Global Governance

August 2018
A Cold Shoulder on Turtle Bay
By Ashley Murphy

August 2018
A Climate of Urgency
By Munyaradzi Makoni

April 2018
A Happy Place to Be a Cow
Francie Williamson

April 2018
When There Are No More Fish
Abby Seiff and Photography by Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

October 2017
Core Values
Keith Porter, Editor

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12th Annual International Women Authors Series 12th Annual International Women Authors Series
Featuring Best-Selling Author Valeria Luiselli

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Radisson Quad City Plaza
111 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA
 
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59th Strategy for Peace Conference 59th Strategy for Peace Conference
The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

At the conference concurrent roundtables are focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. This year a fourth roundtable will focus on global governance. Roundtable discussion is intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.


Courier Courier
The Summer 2018 edition of Courier considers the future of multilateralism. Is it a tool for applying a nation’s collective intellect to the world’s greatest challenges? Or is it an affront to state sovereignty and an indication of political ineptitude?

Also in this issue, we explore the UN approach to sustaining peace and the Security Council’s role in climate policy; how Cape Town, South Africa is modeling climate action at the local level; and the importance of educating youth on the potential of global citizenship. Summer 2018 PDF. Subscribe for Free.


Receive Materials Receive Materials
The Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles, and reports on a number of international issues. To reduce our carbon footprint and cut waste, we almost exclusively, use electronic distribution for our publications. Sign up to receive our resources via e-mail.

Investigation U. Camper Photos Investigation U. Camper Photos
We had a great group of campers attend the Investigation U. program this summer. Click here for photos. For participants only, username: IU2018.

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Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23
As a part of our efforts to limit global warming to 1.5° C, the foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.