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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

The Circular Economy Pathway to Pursuing 1.5° C
(A presentation on circular economy strategies and climate change)
Other Publication
May 2017

Circular economy strategies—which address climate change, excessive resource extraction, and waste generation in parallel—expand the set of solutions and tools for climate action, giving policymakers more options and flexibility for limiting global warming to 1.5° C. Read More

Publications

May 2017
The Circular Economy Pathway to Pursuing 1.5° C
(A presentation on circular economy strategies and climate change)

Other Publication (9,938K)

April 2017
Strengthening Just Transition Policies in International Climate Governance
Anabella Rosemberg
Policy Analysis Brief (471K)

April 2017
Countdown to 2020
Policy Dialogue Brief (331K)

November 2016
Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5° C Target
57th Strategy for Peace Conference
Conference Report (315K)

August 2016
An Evolutionary Approach to Governing Global Problems: Climate Policy After Paris
Charles F. Sabel and David G. Victor
Policy Analysis Brief (570K)

May 2016
Technology Development and Transfer for a Safe Climate Future
Ambuj Sagar
Policy Analysis Brief (1,380K)

April 2016
Advancing Climate Policy After the Paris Agreement
Other Publication (439K)

April 2016
Multijurisdictional Approaches to Carbon Pricing: Integrating Design Elements for a Low Carbon Club
Workshop Summary (264K)

February 2016
Making the Paris Process More Effective: A New Approach to Policy Coordination on Global Climate Change
Charles F. Sabel and David G. Victor
Policy Analysis Brief (478K)

January 2016
Designing Elements for a Robust Carbon Pricing Club
Policy Dialogue Brief (304K)

December 2015
Scaling Up: Local to Global Climate Action
Other Publication (972K)

November 2015
New Research for Effective Action at Paris and Beyond
Global Climate Policy Conference
Conference Report (437K)

November 2015
Designing Elements for a Robust Carbon Pricing Club
Policy Memo (387K)

October 2015
Carbon Pricing, Technology Investment, and Trade
Workshop Summary (197K)

October 2015
Assessing Global Climate Engineering Governance
Policy Dialogue Brief (262K)

September 2015
Key Regional Actors and Sector Opportunities for International Climate Change Cooperation
Conference Report (260K)

May 2015
Mobilizing Climate Action: To Paris and Beyond
Workshop Summary (204K)

April 2015
Summary of Outcomes from the NAZCA Platform Consultation Workshop
Other Publication (330K)

April 2015
Catalyzing Climate Action at All Levels
Other Publication (518K)

February 2015
Strategic Momentum for Climate Change Action
Policy Dialogue Brief (244K)

July 2014
Reframing the Climate Debate
Other Publication (517K)

May 2014
An Efficient Approach to Climate Change at the G-20
Other Publication (59K)

February 2014
Bright Spots: Expert Views on Emerging-Established Power Cooperation
Conference Report (382K)

December 2013
G-20 Action on Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions
Other Publication (382K)

December 2013
The G-20 and Climate Change: Beyond Goal Setting at Brisbane
Other Publication (715K)

Op-Eds and Articles

August 2017
Life Beyond Coal
Emma Bryce

August 2017
Urban Breakthrough
Francie Williamson, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
Cooperation and Collective Action
Joseph McNamara, Editor, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
International Order at Risk
Keith Porter, President, The Stanley Foundation

April 2017
Farming a Warmer Planet
Zack Colman, Christian Science Monitor

November 2016
Accelerate Climate Change Action
Michael Tubman

July 2016
No Time to Lose
By Bill Hare

May 2016
The Paris Agreement marks an unprecedented opportunity to quell the tide of climate change, and Iowans have a role to play
Published April 22, 2016 in Little Village

Todd Edwards, Stanley Foundation Program Officer

March 2016
Save the Climate for Us All

January 2016
Connecting...
Joseph McNamara, Editor

January 2016
No Time to Rest
Monica Araya

January 2016
COP21 Aftermath
Ann Gardiner

October 2015
Op-Ed: A Groundswell in New York: Tackling Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the Bottom Up
Little Village

Todd Edwards, Stanley Foundation Program Officer on Climate Change

September 2015
Climate Change as a Test Case for Global Governance

September 2015
The Best Person for the Job
Keith Porter, President

April 2015
A New Architecture for
Climate Action at Paris

S. Jacob Scherr

October 2014
Six Feet Above Sea Level
David Wei

October 2014
CONSIDER THIS...

July 2014
Godzilla and Global Governance
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

July 2014
Calibrating India’s Climate-Change Response
Samir Saran

March 2014
Floods and the Foundation’s Future
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

March 2014
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Climate Talks

November 2013
The G-20 Must Be Revitalized
Mike Callaghan

November 2013
Why the G-20 Still Matters
Zhu Jiejin

HIGHLIGHTS
2017 International Women Authors Event 2017 International Women Authors Event
Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami, author of “The Moor’s Account,” will be the featured speaker at the 2017 International Women Authors event on November 9 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Courier Courier
As summer winds down, take a look at the new issue of Courier from the Stanley Foundation. The Summer 2017 issue delves into topics including the transition away from coal in Germany, the increased role of cities in global governance, and the crisis in Venezuela. Also in this issue, read about the increased capabilities of 3D printing, and oversight over emerging technologies. Summer 2017 PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

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.


A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.


Stanley Foundation at 60
On December 12, 1956, the Stanley Foundation was certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. Sixty years later, the organization continues to pursue and advance that vision as a thriving nonpartisan operating foundation. Moreover, it remains an organization with a professional staff and the involvement of family members who have an ongoing role in shaping its strategy and core values. More.

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