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.
A small group discussion concerning Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) was held at the office of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung (hbs) Pakistan in 2017. Experts from the field of environment and former government officials who had been part of the EIA process were brought together. Some environment journalists were also in attendance.
The “Pakistan Climate Change Portal” is an online repository of Pakistan-specific knowledge on the subject of climate change. It has been developed by the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC), a registered consortium of civil society organizations working for climate action in Pakistan, and made possible with financial assistance from Heinrich Boll Stiftung and European Union.
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.
It has been made mandatory in the new election laws passed by the Parliament last year that political parties must allocate at least five per cent tickets to women on directly elected or general seats . This is in addition to the seats reserved for women in the legislatures.
Representatives of political parties and civil society all echoed in same voice for the increased representation and participation of women in decision-making forums in the political and social arena by ensuring level-playing field to them. They shared these views at the launching of the Gender Action Manifesto, policy paper, organised by the Heinrich Boell Stiftung in collaboration with the Women's Parliamentarian Caucus on 13th October, 2017 in Islamabad.
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.
Heinrich Boell Stiftung (hbs) Pakistan office organised a “Read Your Rights” session in connection with the worldwide reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) called for by the International Literature Festival Berlin, on September 6, 2017.
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.