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The first ever pledging conference for the new Green Climate Fund will be held in Berlin, Germany on November 20th. Anything less than USD 10 billion in confirmed pledges could be seen as a sign that rich countries are not supportive of the Fund and spell trouble for the climate talks in Lima, Peru beginning in just two weeks. But at stakes is much more than just one big figure, according to Liane Schalatek.

Ecology & Energy

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The UN Climate Summit on September 23rd will once again fail in delivering concrete finance commitments. Social Movements called for a week of protests.

Islamabad (18 June, 2014): Sustainable power generation is a top priority of the current government of Pakistan to address the energy crisis in the long run. This was stated by Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development at the International Wind Energy Conference organized by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB) and Heinrich Boll Stiftung Pakistan in Islamabad.

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Peace & Security

Roundtable dialogue as part of a series “Governance, Community and Religion (GOCORE)” jointly organized by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and Heinrich Bӧll Stiftung (HBS) took place at HBS office Islamabad on 15th of September 2014. Many intellectuals, scholars, rights based activists, academics and students participated in the event.

Roundtable dialogue as part of a series “Governance, Community and Religion (GOCORE)” jointly organized by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and Heinrich Bӧll Stiftung (HBS) took place at HBS office Islamabad on 6th of June 2014. Many intellectuals, scholars, rights based activists, academics and students participated in the event.

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Culture

In the light of the current developments Pakistan is only known as a country of numerous political, economic and social problems, whereas its different peoples, its rich cultural heritage, its diverse culture and its beautiful landscape are almost out of sight.

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Democracy

The survey “Pakistan Political Barometer” was conducted by SDPI in collaboration with the financial support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung Pakistan Office and in partnership with well known magazine Herald. The report of this survey was launched on 10th of June, 2014 at SDPI office. Respondents in 32 districts across the country were reached out to get the general perception of common man regarding “one year federal government's performance after completing its first year in power”.

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International

The UN climate conference in Warsaw was the COP with the lowest expectations ever and lived up to that in every respect. What were the issues discussed and decisions taken? Who is to blame for the stalemate?

For three years, Pakistan has single-handedly – and successfully – blocked the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva from discussing an effort that would put a cap on fissile materials.

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Welcome

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a German political non-profit organization affiliated to the Green Party with head office in Berlin. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainable development, democracy and human rights, self-determination, peace  and justice. The role of our Pakistan office is to engage in political dialogues, discussions and support projects in the field of Ecology & Energy, Democratization and Peace & Security. We are supporting and strengthening participation, pluralism and the rule of law in the region.

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How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

The value of nature and its “services” should not only be cherished and given greater visibility as elements of the economy, but should be assigned a monetary value in order to protect them. That is the new mantra. Although the idea is becoming more popular it is also highly contentious, argues Barbara Unmüßig.

Gender-political perspectives for societies in transition

In post-war periods and in the aftermath of serious, systematic human rights violations, gender-based forms of violence are usually forgotten during the processing of the past and reconciliation phase. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.