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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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From renewable energy to nanotechnology to industrial heritage tourism- this short video highlights how some former coal regions have transformed themselves in preparation for life after coal. 

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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The most discussed topics at this year’s Munich Security Conference were the new U.S. administration’s position on NATO and European security, and European commitment to meet the 2% defense budget target. But doubts remain if the European members will meet the NATO target.

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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This article outlines what US hostility towards multilateralism might mean for the G20 Summit in Hamburg. Nancy Alexander points to three areas of concern: a possible shift of geopolitical alliances, disputes over a new course of global economy, and the future of sustainable development worldwide.

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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