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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”.

Ecology & Energy

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.

Only 90 companies worldwide are responsible for 63 percent of carbon emissions in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. These climate offenders must be held accountable for their role in global warming, according to the "Carbon Majors Funding Loss and Damage" report, published today by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Climate Justice Programme

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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 6th of June 2014. Many intellectuals, scholars, rights based activists, academics and students participated in the event.

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A decade of UPA-Congress rule in India ends with limited progress on the Indo-Pak relations.The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite his good intentions, could not visit the country of his birth even once sums up the structural constraints of this troubled relationship.

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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

Sustainable Development Policy Institute with the support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung organized a one day seminar on “National Consultation on budget 2014-15” at Marriott hotel Islamabad where eminent speakers including government officials, Member of National Assembly, civil society, researchers, academics and media participated.

Round table discussion was organized with the students of Gilgit Baltistan on 27th May 2014 at Heinrich Boll Stiftung liaison Office in Lahore. This event was arranged by Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF) in collaboration with Interactive Resource Centre (IRC) and Mountain Youth Resources & Social Welfare Organization (MYRO). A large number of youth from Gilgit Baltistan with different educational and political backgrounds participated in the discussion. Participants also included Mr. Didar Ali, Chairman Gilgit Baltistan Youth Council (GBYC) along with the executive committee of GBYC.

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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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Publications

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.