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Climate & Energy

Ecological integrity, clean energy solutions, and (gender-)equitable sustainable development approaches are central for securing the future of humanity and the planet. As societies embark worldwide upon the green transformation of business-as-usual economic and development agendas, greater emphasis must be given to social and gender justice, participatory democracy, and citizen involvement. We support sustainable economic development fueled by clean energies, greener infrastructure, and inclusive governance.

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With severe climate impacts for the most vulnerable countries on the rise, adaptation is no longer sufficient. Significant loss and damage must be accounted for. This discussion paper looks at how financing for loss and damage should be governed and what institutions, approaches and methodologies are necessary.

Foreign & Security Policy

Though the U.S. and Europe cooperate closely in the realm of foreign and security policy, their relationship is not without friction. Our Foreign and Security Program aims at deepening the transatlantic dialogue on common threats and security challenges, while exposing where we concur and where we differ. The program fosters innovative policies and collaborative approaches to conflict prevention, crisis management and peace building with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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Last week, President Trump hosted Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, for discussions on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and further economic and security cooperation between the US and the West Bank. What can we expect from the US administration and how committed are the parties involved in the conflict?

Civil Liberties

Democracy does not function on autopilot. We believe that political parties and a critical media are essential elements in a constant effort to defend and sustain our civil liberties and democratic rights. Fostering political participation and empowering civil society engagement are central tenets of green politics at home and abroad. Our Democracy Program supports progressive and democratic voices worldwide in their aspiration for more democratic participation.

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Merkel's newly released "Marshall Plan with Africa" claims to tackle migration causes at their roots - but is this clear-headed policymaking or an early campaign move to appease German voters?

Economic Governance & G20

The Economic Governance Program focuses on democratizing governance structures to ensure that the international financial institutions and bodies, such as the G20 and BRICS, are representative and accountable. It also works on democratizing policy-making in thematic areas (e.g., finance, economics and trade) and sectoral areas (e.g., infrastructure) to strengthen “real economies” in ways that respect the rights of the earth, vulnerable groups, and women. We support the engagement of citizen’s groups in developing countries in both areas, including through  public education and capacity-building.

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Author Nancy Alexander describes forces working against inclusive, sustainable globalization, including the recommended contracts for public-private partnership (PPPs) to deliver public services.

Gender

Gender democracy is an overarching goal of our work and a cross-cutting theme for all activities of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. This concept addresses the deep-rooted structural (including economic, political and legal) as well as societal and cultural causes of the persisting inequality of men and women. We integrate considerations of gender equality into all of our programs, building gender awareness in international political processes, institutions and networks and offering perspectives for gender-responsive policy and financing approaches.

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As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change contemplates enhancing its ongoing work program on gender at the next climate summit in Marrakesh in November (COP 22), a submission by hbs North America recommends key goals and principles to really advance gender mainstreaming in the climate process and in implementing climate actions.

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