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Reconnecting w/ our colleagues from @f20platform at #COP23 on the role of foundations in climate policy. Todays focus is on regional hubs and an outlook to G20 in Argentina and #COP24 in Poland. w/ Karsten Sach and many others, hosted by @deutschetelekom . @Stiftung2Grad

#DBUProjekt für #COP23: #Abwärmenutzung bei Stahlherstellung um #Energieverbrauch zu reduzieren & #CO2-Emissionen zu mindern. #Industrie https://t.co/gLXfE0FqrS

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What is the F20 Platform?

The F20 platform consists of more than 45 foundations and philanthropic organizations from different parts of the world. By establishing the F20 platform the participating organisations seek for pathways towards sustainable development and call for common and transnational action based on positive transformation examples.

F20 wants to be part of the solution on climate change by building bridges between civil society, business and politics within the G20 countries and beyond.

For more information, please read our F20 Mission Statement here

How does F20 contribute to the solution of global challenges?

F20 seeks to establish an open dialogue to highlight solutions and positive transformation examples in order to move further forward with global decarbonisation trends. This also includes the identification of potential barriers to this transformation, as well as to motivate and include other actors to initiate progress and sustainable transformation processes.

Concerted efforts such as the F20 platform of foundations strive to send a strong signal to governments and make them realise that civil society and other non-state actors have a crucial role to play in implementing sustainable development. Global collaboration can facilitate efforts to overcome barriers and limitations. Particularly these efforts include:

  • To encourage and move forward with global decarbonisation trends.
  • To push forward the transformation in the energy sector by shifting towards renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency.
  • To emphasise the indispensable role of civil society organisations within this transformation.

We are convinced that only a new level of international collaboration and transformational partnerships will be able to solve the global challenges the world is facing today.

Climate Action

Climate Action

Climate action is inevitable and must be accelerated in order to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

Resilient Societies

Resilient Societies

Civil Society is an essential partner for politics to drive the transformation forward.

Global Responsibility

Global Responsability

Foundations have a global responsibility and play a crucial role in climate policy.

The Foundations

Steering Group

Partner Circle

Events

Argentina 2018

We will support the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, climate action, and the deployment of renewable energies around the G20 summit in Hamburg 2017, as well as future summits.

Argentina 2018

The upcoming event in 2018 will take place in Argentina in the context of the next G20 summit.

Updates on the F20 Event 2018 are coming soon. Stay tuned!

F20 Side Event at COP 23

F20 Side Event at COP 23

Meet the F20 platform at the COP 23 in Bonn. Please find our programme of the F20 Side Event in Bonn here.

Hamburg 2017

We will support the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, climate action, and the deployment of renewable energies around the G20 summit in Hamburg 2017, as well as future summits.

Hamburg 2017

The main event took place on the 4th July 2017 in Hamburg, followed by a side event the day after.


To read the full agenda of the event, please click here.

Did you miss the event? Both the press conference and the event have been live streamed and can be watched on our Youtube Channel.

Media

Press release 4th July 2017: International foundations platform issues call to German G20 presidency.

Implementation of UN Agreements for climate protection and sustainability must be core responsibility of G20 – with or without Trump.

HAMBURG, GERMANY. A few days before the G20 summit in Hamburg, an international network of foundations calls upon German chancellor Angela Merkel to make climate protection and sustainable development a core responsibility of G20. If necessary, this must be enforced without the agreement of US president Trump.

Download to read full press release.


Joint Statement B20, C20, L20, T20, W20, F20 – June 13, 2017

Scientists, business leaders and civil society to G20:  implement the Paris Agreement, with or without the United States.

Berlin/Hamburg: Today, an alliance of over 30 foundations representing a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars) has joined forces with a group of stakeholders from science, business, and civil society to call on the G20 to implement the Paris Agreement even without the US. In a joint statement, the alliance – consisting of G20 engagement groups such as the Business 20, Think Tank 20, Women 20 and Labour 20 – criticised the US’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as “short-sighted and irresponsible”, adding that the Paris Climate Agreement is indispensable in tackling the global climate crisis.


“G6” sets the stage for G20 summit: In Hamburg Heads of State need to deliver on the implementation of climate and sustainability goals.

Global Platform of Foundations for climate and sustainability, “F20”, established ahead of G20 summit.

Berlin/Hamburg (30th May, 2017): According to a newly established global platform of foundations, the F20, ‘the G7 summit in Italy has set the stage for the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg’. ‘Six of the seven Heads of State have demonstrated their determination to implement the Paris Agreement despite the reluctance of the US administration. It is now up to the most powerful economies to lead in turning the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement into reality’, they said in a joint statement. 


30 foundations from all over the world initiate G20 platform for climate change and sustainability.

“Bridging the gap between, politics, the economy and civil society”

Berlin/ Osnabrück (17.05.2017): Today, more than 30 foundation from eight countries announced a unique alliance for climate change and a global energy transition. The so called “Foundations Platform” (F20) aims at bridging the gap between the 20 most important industrial countries and emerging economies (G20), the private and financial sector as well as civil society. The Foundations Platform objective is to support the implementation of the Agenda 2030, climate projects, and the deployment of renewable energies. Further they aim at highlighting the strong role civil society plays in the transformation. In total, the foundations represent a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars).

Shortly before the G20 summit, the Foundations Platform will gather leaders from civil society, business, science and politics at an event in Hamburg (July 4th). Guest are the economist Lord Nicholas Stern, the sociologist Auma Obama, the author and former advisor to the US government Amory B. Lovins and the Chinese entrepreneur Wang Shi.

F20 Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies

Date 04.07.2017

The F20 report, in cooperation with the French Think Tank IDDRI, is now accessible. The report “Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies: Accelerating the Global and Local Paradigm Shift” has been published today during a press conference in Hamburg (Germany). It’s now available for download.

F20 Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies.pdf (1.6mb)


Joint Statement B20, C20, L20, T20, W20, F20

June 13, 2017

Scientists, business leaders and civil society to G20:  implement the Paris Agreement, with or without the United States

Berlin/Hamburg: Today, an alliance of over 30 foundations representing a capital in the double-digit billion range (US dollars) has joined forces with a group of stakeholders from science, business, and civil society to call on the G20 to implement the Paris Agreement even without the US. In a joint statement, the alliance – consisting of G20 engagement groups such as the Business 20, Think Tank 20, Women 20 and Labour 20 – criticised the US’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as “short-sighted and irresponsible”, adding that the Paris Climate Agreement is indispensable in tackling the global climate crisis.

Read more in the English Joint Statement (604.7 kb)


Mission Statement

The F20 platform, consisting of more than 45 foundations from different parts of the world, call for common and transnational action towards sustainable development, based on positive transformation examples. With its first publication, “Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies: Accelerating the Global and Local Paradigm Shift”, the F20 platform has provided evidence that the global transformation is already underway in many parts of the world. Read more on the F20 mission here

FAQ's

Herewith, we hope to answer your first questions. If you can’t find the information you need, please get in touch via the contact form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the F20 Platform?

The F20 Platform has been established as a global platform for foundations and philanthropic organisations and only such organisations can join the platform.

 

What opportunities for participation does F20 provide?

Aside from a reasonable financial contribution that is needed for joint F20 activities the participating organisations:

 

  • acknowledge the goals and the mission of the F20 Platform outlined in the F20 Mission Statement (September 2017) as core responsibilities of their operative work.
  • are participating in the joint F20 activities that are organised by the F20 Secretariat and in coordination with the F20 Steering Group.
  • are disseminating F20 material, such as publications, joint statements, press releases or video material.
  • acknowledge their self-commitment to increase sustainability efforts within their own organisational context (e.g. divesting capital from fossil fuels and instead investing into renewable energy solutions).

 

How does the platform operate and how is it structured?

The F20 Platform consists of the following permanent structure:

 

  • a permanent F20 Head Office, which is the secretariat for and coordination unit of the F20 Platform.
  • the F20 Steering Group, which currently consists of 13 foundations. New members will be invited upon proposal by the Steering Group or F20 partners.
  • the F20 Partner Circle, comprising all participating foundations, aside from the F20 Steering Group.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please contact:
F20 Secretariat

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F20 Foundations Platform.

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F20 Secretariat
Martin Bosak
Phone: +49 40-3070914-0
Email: martin.bosak@worldfuturecouncil.org
World Future Council Foundation
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Stefan Schurig
Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection
Email: Stefan.Schurig@ottogroup.com
Cell: +49 177 2510019

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