The events of Orange Revolution 2004 became the chance for Ukraine to establish new democratic way of development, to give Ukrainians possibility of creating real active civil society. To establish democracy in a country Ukrainians should create different public institutes and organizations, society should have active position in decision-making, legal norms are to be in action, citizens should have political stability and social safety.
Citizens’ activity is a driving force behind the development of democracy in Europe, particularly in the areas of implementing democratic values, such as human rights or gender democracy, and in the area of counteracting negative forces hindering the development of democratic Europe – such as xenophobia, anti-Semitism, or the extreme right.
Recent agreements and decisions of development of the program of the Eastern partnership of the European Union enable Ukraine to realize itself as European country and reliable partner in economic and socio-political sphere with the countries-neighbors of the EU.
A problem of equal rights for men and women acquire greater topicality in Ukraine. Lately active elucidative work of gender public organizations was started among the population to enlighten the importance of gender democracy, possibilities, related to it, and threats which may appear in Ukrainian society, if not to adhere to these rights.
The representatives of Heinrich Boll Fund in Ukraine actively support initiatives of public organizations in enlightening the problem of gender democracy. Through a collaboration with permanent partners (for example, «Krona», Kharkov), forming focus groups and discussions, supporting newbie gender organizations, publishing and organizing educational journeys Heinrich Boll Foundation in Ukraine tries to open up the problem more for Ukrainian public.
Climate & Energetics
Ecology and sustainable development are central areas for securing the future of humanity. It is to the credit of the green movement within and outside parliaments that ecology has become one of the main arenas of politics. There is hardly another subject which, within the last 30 years, has been thus transformed from the concern of a few scientists, activists (often thought of as "nutters") into a topic of world conferences.
On the other hand the 1997 UN summit Rio+ 5 produced a sobering account of the state of sustainable policy: Almost universally the agenda of ecological change has been displaced by the agenda of globalisation. This trend is noticable in Germany, too, where unemployment and the controversy concerning investor-friendly policy have superseded ecology as main issues of political debate.
At present the Heinrich Boll Foundation puts the main emphasis on the areas global energy and climate policy, i.e. discussions about the opportunities of renewable energy and the problems of nuclear power.