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Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in the Pakistani Parliament, in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Stiftung organized a one day roundtable meeting to initiate a dialogue with political parties on best ways to strengthen capacities of women police in Pakistan. The conference took place in the Parliament House on 27th of November, 2014. The participants of this conference were key stakeholders including women parliamentarians from all parties, MNAs and Senators, representatives from the Interior Ministry, National Police Bureau, IGs, DIGs, and Women police from provincial police and representatives of the civil society.

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

Heinrich Boll Stiftung organized two book launch events of Saima Jasam’s ‘Pakistan: From Radicalism to Terrorism’ in Lahore and Islamabad.

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.

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Culture

Ajoka Theatre in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Stiftung performed its new play “Lo Phir Basant Ayee” from 15-16 November 2014 at National Art Gallery Auditorium (PNCA), Islamabad. Main objective of this play was to promote freedom of academic and cultural expression through a creative and entertaining. More than 700-800 People from all walks of life including civil society activists, artists, government officials, students and media watched this play, both days.

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

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Organization of women in parliamentary politics in collaboration with HBS organized a round table consultation on International Human Rights Conventions Ratified by Pakistan on 28th of October, 2014 at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS). Many eminent women including women parliamentary caucus, NCSW, civil society, media, representatives of International organizations and women representatives from different political parties participated in this meeting.

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

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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.

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?

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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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This paper demonstrates that an expansion of renewable energy sources is the only path to a secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy system until 2030 and beyond. Renewables not only drastically reduce emissions and other environmental and social burdens; they also reduce energy import dependency and hence increase energy security, strengthen local economies, and create jobs.

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The study inquires the barriers that have been hindering the growth of wind energy market in Pakistan. Capitalizing on the multi-stakeholder perspectives, including private, public, and financial sector officials, it aides public policymakers at national and international levels through examining the nature and seriousness of various barriers and suggesting viable policy solutions.

This report is based on field studies conducted by Lok Sanjh Foundation (LSF) as part of its larger research project “Gender Justice to Climate Change Adaptation in Pakistan”. Nevertheless, the main focus of this study was on the advancement of women’s empowerment because of its relevance to the climate change adaptation strategies. The empowerment of women through climate mitigation and adaptation benefit both women and men, and increases the potential for adaptation, which is very essential for any rural development strategy.

The study was done in the coastal areas of Sindh to engage local community (women/ men) and produce evidence to meet the need for interventions addressing the linkage between climate change, energy, livelihood and women which are absent in Pakistan.