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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

Toward a Regional Energy Modernization Investment Agenda: Stranding Risks and Decarbonization Challenges in Southeast Asia
Conference Report
August 2019

Moving to clean energy generation and shifting to modern grid systems requires careful management to mitigate the impact on national economies, transitioning workers, and communities dependent on coal jobs, but is clearly a more desirable pathway. As the needle moves on policy, investors should engage in the conversation on renewable energy investment. The Southeast Asia region promises huge potential for growth. Read More


August 2019
Toward a Regional Energy Modernization Investment Agenda: Stranding Risks and Decarbonization Challenges in Southeast Asia
Conference Report (332K)

July 2019
Energy Transitions and the Future of Thermal Coal
Policy Memo (393K)

April 2019
The Role of International Climate Policy in Addressing Socioeconomic Change
Policy Dialogue Brief (315K)

November 2018
Transitions for Sustainable Consumption After the Paris Agreement
Dale Southerton, Ph.D. and Daniel Welch, Ph.D.
Policy Analysis Brief (612K)

October 2018
Shifting to Sustainable Consumption for 1.5°C: Gaps, Solutions, and New Policy Agendas
Policy Dialogue Brief (442K)

July 2018
Enhancing Ambition on Forests to Achieve the 1.5°C Goal Real Economy. Real Talk.
Policy Dialogue Brief (1,009K)

April 2018
Setting International Policy Objectives for Agriculture Transitions in Pursuit of the 1.5°C Goal
Policy Dialogue Brief (714K)

April 2018
Accelerating the Phase Out of Coal-Fired Power Generation: International Collaboration and Diplomacy
Other Publication (413K)

March 2018
Setting an International Policy Agenda for Just Transition
Policy Dialogue Brief (209K)

March 2018
Looking Beyond Borders: The Circular Economy Pathway for Pursuing 1.5° C
Jelmer Hoogzaad and Matthieu Bardout
Policy Analysis Brief (774K)

November 2017
Setting an International Policy Agenda for Just Transitions
Policy Memo (265K)

August 2017
Life Beyond Coal: The Ruhr Region of Germany Was Once a Mining Stronghold; Now Residents Are Seeking New Livelihoods
Other Publication (693K)

June 2017
The Circular Economy Pathway to Pursuing 1.5° C
Policy Dialogue Brief (9,938K)

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)


April 2019
Solutions Begin with Individuals
Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications

April 2019
Footing the Bill
Sohara Mehroze Shachi

November 2018
Leading by Example
Francie Williamson, The Stanley Foundation

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

October 2017
Healing Colombia’s War-Ravaged Landscapes
Juan Francisco Salazar

October 2017
In the Shadows of Giants
Selina Neirok Leem

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

November 2016
Climate momentum will continue: US envoy on Trump Vote
PRI's The World

By Susan Phillips, Energy Reporter

November 2016
Medina bikes: Africa’s first cycle-share scheme launches in Marrakech
The Guardian

By Emma Bryce

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
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

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

July 2008
Floods impact globe; globe impacts recovery
The Des Moines Register

Jeffrey G. Martin

Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go? Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?
Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2019-2020 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

60th Strategy for Peace Conference 60th 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.

Concurrent roundtables focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. These roundtable discussions are intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.

Courier Courier
The Spring 2019 issue of Courier highlights some of the impact-driven activities the Stanley Foundation pursue with its partners. This includes stories that resulted from two journalism workshops: one examining the false missile alert in Hawaii, as well as one focused on issues of conflict and instability. This issue also examines how Green Banks could help bridge the climate finance gap, explores a new initiative that hopes to bring gender equity to the nuclear field, and brings you the stories of three teachers who enhanced their understanding of the world through travel. Spring 2019 PDF. Subscribe for Free.

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The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP24 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP24
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.