Jürgen Trittin, German Member of Parliament

From June 21nd to 25th, Jürgen Trittin,  German Member of Parliament with the , will visit Washington, DC. During his stay in Washington DC, Juergen Trittin will also participate in a roundtable discussion with leading US energy experts on the topic "European Energy Security Challenges - New Opportunities for the Transatlantic Partnership?" where he will share his perspectives on current efforts to create a European Energy Union, as well as potential areas for a strengthened transatlantic energy cooperation.

Christin Luettich and Mohammad Ali Atassi

On February 17th, the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America will host Christin Luettich (producer) and Mohammad Ali Atassi (co-director) in Washington, DC for a screening and panel discussion of their documentary “Our Terrible Country” which sheds light on the personal stories of two Syrians and their daily struggles during the Syrian revolution.

Jürgen Trittin

German Member of Parliament, Jürgen Trittin will visit the U.S. to attend the Autumn Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from December 7th to 9th. While in Washington DC, Jürgen will also participate in an exclusive energy roundtable with leading US energy experts at the Brookings Institution on December 9th.

Marieluise Beck, Member of the German Bundestag

From October 1st to 4th, Member of the German Parliament Marieluise Beck will be visiting Washington D.C. to attend the sixth U.S.-Central Europe Strategy Forum, to be held in cooperation with the Slovak Presidency of the Visegrád Group.

Reinhard Bütikofer

From September 13th to 18th, Reinhard Bütikofer attended the 31st Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar, hosted by The Congressional Study Groups on Germany and supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Transatlantic Exchange on Capacity Markets

Even the strongest proponents of the Energiewende agree that Germany needs to reform its energy system to accommodate the next influx of renewables while maintaining security of supply of conventional power at all times. The United States has extensive experience with capacity markets from which the German debate could benefit. As such, a German delegation consisting of national and state energy policy makers and experts will visit the United States from September 1 to 5, 2014.

Carol Mansour and Muna Khalidi

With no end to the bloodshed in Syria in sight, the number of registered Syrian refugees is estimated to surpass 3 million in September 2014. To highlight the challenges Syrian women are facing in exile, the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America will screen the award-winning documentary Not Who We Are in Washington DC, New York City and Boston in cooperation with several partner organizations. Filmmaker Carol Mansour and co-producer Muna Khalidi will join us for the screenings and subsequent panel discussions.

Mycle Schneider 2014

Mycle Schneider, independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy and lead author of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report will be visiting Washington, DC, from July 29 to 30. He will participate in the international launch event of his most recent edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014. Mycle Schneider will also present the findings of his new report at a briefing at the US Congress on July 30.

Alexander Bonde, State Minister for Agriculture and Consumer Rights

Alexander Bonde, State Minister for Agriculture and Consumer Rights, will meet with policy makers in Washington during the week of June 8th to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He will also visit SW Pennsylvania to learn more about the economic and environmental effects of shale gas development.

HBF Interview with MEP Tarja Cronberg

On the occasion of Tarja Cronberg’s visit to Washington D.C., we spoke about the current nuclear negotiations with Iran, human rights and the role of the EU.

By Tarja Cronberg

Offshore Wind and Maritime Economies

The Offshore Wind and Maritime Economies Tour will take port union representatives and economic/energy policy leaders from the US to Denmark and Germany during the week of April 7, 2014, to highlight the growing role that seaports are playing in the offshore wind business and see first-hand the tremendous economic development opportunities associated with offshore wind energy development.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Dr. Konstantin von Notz, and Malte Spitz

Jan Philipp Albrecht (Member of the European Parliament for the German Green Party), Dr. Konstantin von Notz (Member of the German Parliament for BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN) and Malte Spitz (Federal Party Council Member of the German Greens) will be visiting Washington, DC, from March 24th to March 27th.


Reinhard Bütikofer and Bärbel Höhn

Reinhard Bütikofer (Member of European Parliament, Co-Chair of the European Green Party) and Bärbel Höhn (Member of the German Bundestag) will be in Boston, MA from February 13th - 15th, 2014 to participate in the German Conference at Harvard, Boston. Bütikofer will give a keynote speech on Political-Military Security and Höhn will speak on Energy Security.

Mycle Schneider 2013

Mycle Schneider, independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy and lead author of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report will be visiting Vermont, Boston and Washington DC, October 15 to 17. He will present the most recent edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013.


Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, will travel to New York City and Washington DC for political talks from October 1st to October 4th, 2013. In both cities he will participate in several events discussing issues ranging from German Elections to the topic of his new book Smart Growth: The Green Revolution.

Oliver Krischer

Oliver Krischer, Green Party member of the German Bundestag, is visiting Colorado from July 20 to 23, 2013. He will share insights on the successes and challenges of the German Energiewende at various events and will meet with the mayor of Boulder, Matthew Appelbaum, whose city is a pioneer of demanding a substantial energy change.

Krista Sager

Krista Sager, Member of the German Parliament for Alliance 90/The Greens and Spokesperson of the Green Parliamentary Group for Science, Technology and Research Policy, will travel to Washington, DC, New York and Chicago from May 27th to June 1st for political talks on technology innovation, science and higher education in light of current budgetary constraints.

Jürgen Trittin

Jürgen Trittin, Chairman of Parliamentary Group of Alliance '90/The Greens, will visit Boston, New York, and Washington, DC from May6th to May 10th, 2013. He will speak at several events throughout his trip, and will meet with UN and US officials.

By Jürgen Trittin.

Reinhard Bütikofer

Reinhard Bütikofer will be in Washington, DC from April 28th to May 5th, 2013 to participate in policy discussions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Dr. Hermann Ott

Dr. Hermann Ott, Member of the German Federal Parliament and Speaker for climate policy for the German Green Party, will visit the East Coast from April 29 – May 3, 2013. Dr. Ott will focus on the German energy transition and its global implications. He will address why Germany rose to become a world leader in solar power, as well as challenges such as the need for a re-designed electricity grid to accommodate intermittent renewable energy sources.


Dirk Scheelje

Mr. Dirk Scheelje will be visiting Washington from April 15-18, 2013. Speaking from experience of the effect that the industry has had in German North Sea ports such as Bremerhaven and Kiel, Mr Scheelje’s visit will focus on the potential for offshore wind to bring economic benefits to local communities on the US Atlantic coast.

Afghanistan Civil Society Delegation

Afghanistan civil society leaders Nargis Nehan (EQUALITY for Peace and Democracy), Aziz Rafiee (Afghan Civil Society Forum), and Masood Karukhil, (The Liaison Office) will be attending bilateral meetings in Washington and New York, as well as participating in a panel discussion titled "Beyond 2014 – Afghanistan in Transition: A discussion of reconciliation, elections, and reforms" at the Center for American Progress.

By Afghanistan flag, by Heinrich Boell Foundation, Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC 3.0).

Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer is the former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor. Fischer will be a keynote speaker at the German Conference at Harvard, which is cosponsored this year by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and will take place Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 18th 2013. He will be speaking on the topic of "Whence Does the West come, Whither Will it Go?"

Cem Özdemir

The party chair of the German Green Party, Cem Özdemir, will visit Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston from Feb 12-16, 2013. He will provide insights on Germany’s energy transition, the Energiewende, on contemporary foreign policy matters, and he will also give a preview of the German Bundestag elections.

David Bollier and Carroll Muffett

David Bollier (Commons Strategies Group) and Carroll Muffett (President and CEO, Center for International Environmental Law - CIEL) are visiting the Heinrich Boell Foundation for a seminar and launch of the new book: “The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State."

Brig Gen (Res.) Shlomo Brom and Major Gen Jibril Rajoub

Brig Gen (Res.) Shlomo Brom and Major Gen Jibril Rajoub will attend the Halifax International Forum from Nov. 18.-20. They will present a proposal for building an international presence in the conflict zone on the way to a two-state solution. The proposal is the result of intensive consultation among a group of high-level experts from Israel, Palestine, Europe and Canada.

Dr. Joachim Lohse

Dr. Joachim Lohse, Senator for the Environment, Construction and Transportation of the City-State of Bremen will be visiting the Atlantic Coast from November 13-16, 2012. The Heinrich Böll Foundation and the BlueGreen Alliance are jointly organizing an offshore wind tour during which some of the success stories from the German offshore wind experience will be shared with US counterparts in Washington DC, Maryland and New York City.

Sub-Sahara Africa Delegation - Our Visitors

From October 28th to November 3rd, the Heinrich Boell Foundation will host eight Sub-Sahara Africa participants for an Adaptation Finance Visiting Program in Washington, DC. By  Image: Sub-Sahara Africa, from IE Brown.

Peter Schaar - Our Visitors

Peter Schaar, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, is visiting Washington D.C. October 29th and 30th. He will be meeting with members of government and speaking on topics such as: The reform of the EU privacy law and its implications for the U.S., the future of privacy law in the U.S., and activities and initiatives of the Federal Trade Commission, Chamber of Commerce and the White House. By Foto: RegierungONLINE / Denzel

Dr. Simone Peter & Tabea Rößner - Our Visitors

Dr. Simone Peter, Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Deputy Chairman of the Saarland Parliament, and Tabea Rößner, Alliance 90/The Greens Spokeswoman on Media Policy and Demographic Policy will be attending the Battleground Nevada tour hosted by The Congressional Study Group.

Nurten Karakas - Our Visitors

The Heinrich Böll Foundation welcomes Nurten Karakas, who will be working as a 'Heinrich Böll Junior Fellow' at the German Marshall Fund this fall.

Dr. Franziska Brantner (MEP) and Rasmus Andresen

Dr. Franziska Brantner, Member of the European Parliament and Rasmus Andresen, Member of the State Legislature of the State of Schleswig-Holstein will be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina from September 2nd until September 6th.

Steffi Lemke and Rudi Hoogvliet - Our Visitors

Steffi Lemke, the Secretary General of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Rudi Hoogvliet, Press Secretary of Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Wuerttemberg, will lead a delegation of the German Green Party for a visit to Washington DC from June 18-22. By Steffi Lemke and Rudi Hoogvliet.

Dr. Gerhard Schick

Gerhard Schick, member of the German Parliament for Alliance 90/The Green, will visit Washington, DC as part of his trip to Canada (Ottowa and Toronto) and the United States (Washington, DC and New York City, NY) from May 31st to June 9th. His wil visit North America in his function as member of the Finance Committee of the German Bundestag (German Parliament).


By Gerhard Schick

Barbara Unmüßig - Our Visitors

Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, will visit Washington, DC from March 16 to March 22, 2012. In addition to bilateral meetings on issues such as the G20, gender and climate finance, she will speak at a round table discussion on "Between Sustainable Development and the Green Economy" in cooperation with UNEP. By Barbara Unmüßig. Picture by Bettina Keller.

Franz Untersteller - Our Visitors

Franz Untersteller, Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Energy of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), will visit Washington, DC, Chicago and Toronto from October 2 to 8, 2011. He will speak at the event Clean Energy Economy among others and discuss transatlantic energy policies in bilateral meetings.

Johannes Remmel - Our Visitors

Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection and Environment of Germany's largest state North Rhine-Westphalia, will visit Washington Dc from September 18 to 21. He will speak at the public conference Gaining Strength and at RETECH about Germany's transition towards a low carbon economy. By Johannes Remmel, Minister for Climate Protection and Environment of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Robert Habeck - Our Visitors

Robert Habeck, state chairman of the Green Party of Schleswig-Holstein, will visit Washington, DC and the state of Maryland from September 17 to 23. He will take part in the conference RETECH and speak at an invitation-only roundtable discussion on renewable energy. By Robert Habeck, state chairman of the Green Party of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Dirk Ketelsen - Our Visitors

Executive Director of Dirkshof, a renewable energy generation company and consultancy, will be a guest speaker during this year’s Midwest Renewable Energy Tour (June 27th - July 1st, 2011).

Malte Spitz - Our Visitors

Malte Spitz, member of the federal executive board of the German Green Party, will visit Washington, DC from June 15th to June 16th on the occasion of the CFP 2011 "The Future is Now." Conference.

Kerstin Müller - Our Visitors

Kerstin Müller, Member of the German Parliament for the Greens, will visit New York City and Washington, DC from June 14th to June 18th, 2011 in her position as member of the parliamentarian committee on crisis prevention. By Picture by gruenenrw under CC BY-SA 2.0 Lisense

Sub-Sahara African Dignitaries from Government, Parliament and Civil Society - Our Visitors

A group of eight Sub-Sahara African dignitaries from government, parliament and civil society consisting of partners of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s regional offices in Africa is visiting Washington, DC from May 24 to May 27 to learn more about actors, instruments and policies involved in financing adaptation measures in Africa.

By  Climate Finance Adaption Group from Africa. Picture by Liane Schalatek under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 License.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit - Our Visitors

Daniel Cohn-Bendit will visit Washington, DC from May 23-26, 2011. During his visit to the United States, he will meet with representatives from think tanks and the media. By Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Picture by philipperouget under CC License

Ulrike Lunacek - Our Visitors

Ulrike Lunacek will visit Washington, DC from April 27th to April 30th, 2011. She has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009 and serves as the Coordinator for The Greens/ EFA at the Foreign Affairs Committee and Rapporteur for Kosovo in the European Parliament. Ulrike Lunacek will speak at the event Kosovo's Future in Europe and have several bilateral meetings with representatives from the Department of State, think tanks and the media on the topic of Kosovo. By Picture by Peter Rigaud, 2009

Marieluise Beck - Our Visitors

Marieluise Beck, Member of the German Bundestag, will visit Washington, DC from March 27-31, 2011and meet with representatives of the Administration to discuss issues related to Eastern Europe, Russia and the European integration of the Western Balkans. She will speak at the roundtable discussion The European Response to the Political Situation in Belarus on March 31, 2011, hosted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund. By Marieluise Beck

Gisela Kallenbach - Our Visitors

Gisela Kallenbach, Speaker for Environment, Urban Development and European Politics, parliamentary group Alliance 90/The Green Party, Saxony, Germany will visit Washington, DC from January 30th to February 5th, 2011. By Gisela Kallenbach

Alexander Bonde - Our Visitors

From October 11-13, Alexander Bonde, Member of the German Bundestag for the Green Parliamentary Group, will be visiting Washington DC for a series of political talks. By Alexander Bonde

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel will be in Washington, DC from October 18th to 19th, 2010 and in Philadelphia, PA from October 19th to 22nd, 2010 as part of the Bundestag to Battleground Program in Cooperation with the Congressional Study Group on Germany.

By Viola von Cramon-Taubadel

Human Rights Activists from the Middle East

On the occasion of the anniversary of U.S. President Obama’s Cairo Speech and the upcoming elections in Egypt, the North America and Arab Middle East offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation invited a delegation of human right activists from the Middle East.

US Low-Carbon Economy Tour 2010 - Our Visitors

Both Europe and the US have regions with key roles in the competition to establish a low-carbon economy. On both sides of the Atlantic, however, these regions remain economically and politically bound to carbon intensive electricity production and manufacturing. But this stalemate can be overcome. By Eva van de Rakt

Ralf Fücks - Our Visitors

Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, will visit Washington, DC from May 30th to June 4th, 2010. He will participate in a panel discussion and a workshop hosted by the Brookings Institution and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Joost Lagendijk - Our Visitors

Joost Lagendijk is senior advisor at the Sabanci University’s Istanbul Policy Center and former member of the European Parliament from 1998 to 2009. He will be in Washington, DC this week where he will be a guest at the roundtable discussion Eternal Minorities? on May 5th, 2010, co-hosted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. By CC License

Heidi Hautala - Our Visitors

Heidi Hautala is the chairwoman of the EU parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and will lead the delegation to Washinton, DC from May 25th to 27th, 2010. She will participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution and the Heinrich Boell Foundation and meet with members of Congress, the State Department and the US National Security Council. By Heidi Hautala

Taghreed El-Khodary - Our Visitors

Taghreed El-Khodary, Heinrich Boell Fellow and Visiting Scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Middle East Program, will be in Washington, DC from May to the end of July 2010. By Middle East Progress

Agnieszka Malczak - Our Visitors

Agnieszka Malczak is one of the youngest members of the German Bundestag and a spokesperson in the committee on disarmament policy of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. During her stay in Washington DC from April 28th to May 6th, she will meet with representatives of the White House, the State Department and members of Congress. By Agnieszka Malczak

Dr. Michaele Schreyer

Dr Michaele Schreyer, former Member of the European Commission and now Member of the Supervisory Board of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung will visit Washington DC from March 21st to March 26th. She will address current climate policy trends in Europe at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.

Barbara Lochbihler

Mrs. Lochbihler, Member of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of the Parliament’s Delegation to Iran will be in town this week for consultations on Iran with the Administration, Congress and Think Tanks.

Welcome to the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America!

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a political foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We act as a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. Hbs seeks to advance democracy and human rights, protect the environment and climate, and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and LGBTI communities. Our Washington, DC office is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes policy reform and political dialogue in our program areas through publications, public seminars, conferences, workshops, study tours and visitor programs.


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Local actors ready to act: Six proposals to improve their access to the Green Climate Fund

This booklet proposes six specific recommendations to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, Secretariat and other relevant policy-makers to increase access of local actors to climate funds, and ensure accessible, gender-responsive climate finance decision-making processes. These proposals range from setting up small grants facilities to a complete revision of the operations and results framework of climate funds. The booklet is meant to stimulate more and deeper debate on the crucial role local actors play in the transformative change needed to deal with global climate change.

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