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Ecology and sustainable development are central areas for securing the future of humanity. The race for access to and control of scarce fossil resources, strategically important metals, land and water causes environmental degradation and human rights violations. We strive towards an equitable use of natural resources. We also are deeply committed to ensuring that those who contributed most to the global climate crisis will have to do most to solve it and that those hardest hit by climate change will be protected – both from climate change as well as from false climate solutions. To protect our natural resources and the climate we advocate for a phase out of traditional means of power generation and a phase in of renewable energy solutions.

Climate Justice and an approach towards equitable use of natural resources require fundamental changes in our economic system, cultural beliefs and power structures. We want to highlight these challenges and seek participatory sustainable solutions towards the promotion of a rights based approach to energy, climate justice and resource politics.

Heinrich Boell Stiftung Pakistan is geared towards enlarging knowledge and expertise in order to enable CSOs and government to negotiate and contribute to the implementation of climate change resilient initiatives. In this regards it implements and supports programmes and initiatives that help transition towards the goal it has set for itself. One such initiative is the series of consultative dialogues between Civil Society and the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC). The aim of the dialouges series is to frame Pakistan’s agenda at COP 23. The initiative is being implemented by the Mountain and Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO) under the banner of Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC). The proposed dialogues will deliberate on the following climate change thematic areas: (i) Adaptation & Mitigation, (ii) Loss & Damage, (iii) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), (iv) Means of Implementation (MoI), (v) New Market Mechanisms, (vi) Transparency & MRV. The proceedings of the consultative dialogue series will be compiled and published in the form of a report. The first dialog on Adaptation & Mitigation took place on 18th July 2017.

The provincial level resource equity dialogs were initiated based on the recommendations from the Federal level dialog on resource equity. The topic for each dialog at provincial level was selected around the water, land and energy nexus which was defined through the federal level dialog. The framework of each dialog was set around hbs’s resource equity memo-“Resource Politics for a Fair Future”, so that the participants could be introduced to the global debate on resource equity.  Province specific ecological case studies were also shared based on the book titled “Water in the Wilderness” to create a wider understanding about the basic ecological landscape of the province.

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The promotion of democracy is one of the core themes of our work worldwide. We perceive democracy as a socio-political process driven by citizens' active participation and strong democratic institutions. In collaboration with our partners, we are trying to widen the scope for political and social participation and emancipation. Specifically, we aim to strengthen civil society and democratically elected parliaments.

Political and social rights of women and youth are an essential part of the democratization process. Therefore we advocate for the representation of women and youth in political decision making and for an improvement of supportive legislative and political frameworks.

Political empowerment of women cannot be made possible without changing the patriarchal mindset within political parties, participants at a consultation on “Gender Action Manifesto” highlighted. The consultation was held in Karachi on April 20, 2017as part of a series of such activities being organsied by the Heinrich Boell Stiftung (hbs) at provincial and national level under its “Gender Action Manifesto” project.

Open call for applications: Vasl Artists' Collective in collaboration with Heinrich Boell Stiftung.

Residency dates: Thursday, April 6 - Friday, May 12, 2017

Eligibity Criteria: Artists from Afghanistan and Pakistan


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Traditional foreign and security policies over the last decades have been subject to rapid changes and have been replaced by risk prevention, crisis intervention, and preemptive policy measures. Increasingly questions of foreign, security, and developmental policy also have become intertwined with issues of progressive climate change, growing poverty, dwindling resources and the loss of bio-diversity. And, as national interests tend to reign supreme, so far little is done to curtail these developments.
We therefore support civil society structures campaigning for a changed political framework that is able to bring about pro-active peace policies through environmental justice, and social change. We support grassroots activism associated with local and regional peace processes, the representation of women in peace processes, a pluralistic national and regional dialog and cultural understanding.

Keeping in view the long-time security-centred nature of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, Kabul River Basin, a highly significant geographical and thematic area of concern, requires immediate attention of authorities. However, the issue remains virtually absent from the script of inter-state relations and diplomacy. The key proposition in this study is that if the transboundary basin management discourse about the Kabul River Basin can be changed from water-sharing to benefit-sharing across the water, food, and energy sectors, the social conditions and political will needed for long-term state-to-state engagement can be created without jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of basin-dependent communities during the intervening period.

Download as PDF: Transboundary Basin Management under conditions of Latent Conflict

We want to let go of nourishing well-known historically established narratives about the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan by deconstructing ‘regional tales’ and open new windows bt re-imagining past, present and future differently. We therefore invite writers from Afghanistan and Pakistan to contribute with texts that are imaginative and reflect and develop own ideas how new forms of relationships could look like in the future. We are looking for short stories, essays, commentaries or poetry.

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