Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Highlights Climate Change
The U.S. State Department released its 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) in April, and climate change was identified as one of four strategic priorities for all U.S. diplomacy and development efforts.
The Brookings Institute (5/5) describes the QDDR as a forward-looking tactical document, modeled on the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review. The 2015 review is the second in a series, started by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Responding to Climate Change, a trade magazine (4/30), noted that the 2015 QDDR calls climate change a national security threat and places it at the same priority level as fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and building open and democratic societies.
The New Security Beat (4/29) said that Secretary of State Kerry has made climate change a priority since taking the helm and that, going forward, State and USAID climate efforts are expected to “go beyond capitals” to engage with non-state actors including governors, mayors, faith leaders, business leaders and women’s groups.
The Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza told New Security Beat that the call to integrate climate change into all development echoes the G7 Foreign Ministers’ recent agreement (4/15) to better understand the compound risks posed by climate change and instability.
In an op-ed piece for The Hill, Secretary Kerry said U.S. diplomats and development experts will “develop meaningful commitments and creative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in consultation with host governments and institutions.”