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Result of #UNClimateConference in #Katowice marks an “Important milestone towards a successful implementation of the #ParisAgreement – certain parts of #ParisRulebook still missing” -> #F20 press release on #COP24 https://t.co/mrnDFeHrTC

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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 find a short description and 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

F20 Reception at the COP24

From Argentina to Japan – Reflections and Perspectives for Climate and Energy Policy in the G20 Process

7 December 2018, Katowice

After the G20 summit in Argentina representatives of F20 partner foundations, as well as COP24 delegates and representatives of the official engagement groups of C20 and T20 will reflect on the results of the Argentina G20 summit and the consequences for the Paris Agreement and the UN Climate process.

In perspective of the G20 summit 2019, the panellists will discuss their expectations and prospects for climate policy and the global renewable energy uptake in Japan.

Please find the agenda here.

Argentina 2018

Ricardo Lagos

former President of Chile

"The moral imperative for urgent action could not be clearer (…) Truly ethical leadership means taking tough decisions in the knowledge that the benefits may not be truly felt until many years after the end of your own lifetime. But this is our collective human and planetary responsibility."

Ramiro Fernandez

Director Climate Change (Fundación Avina) and F20 Co-Chair

"It’s crucial that the G20 stays on track with the Paris Agreement. International financial flows have to be aligned accordingly in order to ensure a just transition. For developing countries as Argentina, we must ensure the new infrastructure we will invest on is resilient to climate change and on track with a low emission development pathway."

Karl Burkart

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

"Everything we care about – SDG 1 through SDG 17 – is dependent upon a safe and healthy planet. And for that we must achieve the goal of staying below 1.5C in global average temperature rise. This is both possible and necessary. We should eliminate ‘2C’ from our vocabulary!"

Klaus Milke

Chair of F20, Founder and Chair of the Sustainability Foundation.

"Protecting the climate is economically, technically and politically feasible and the G20 should set sail in seizing this opportunity. Foundations are part of the solution and are committed to fulfill this role."

F20 Forum in Buenos Aires highlights strategies on “Shifting the Trillions – Our Contribution to a Just Transition”

With the support of its partner foundation Fundación AVINA and this year’s co-host GdFE, the Argentinian association of corporate foundations, F20 welcomed more than 200 participants including foundation representatives, Ministers, legislators and experts in Buenos Aires September 6th to the 2nd annual F20 High-Level Forum.

 

At this high-level forum F20 called upon the Heads of the G20 countries to ensure that the outcome of this year G20 summit in November in Argentina would have to be in line with the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. Furthermore, mid-term and short-term decisions by the so called G20 finance ministers relating to energy, infrastructure and international financial flows should aim at reducing carbon footprints and clearing the way for a transformation towards renewable energy.

 

Guests and speakers included Ricardo Lagos, former President of the Chile, Rabbi Sergio Bergman, Minister of Environment, Argentina, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, former Minister of Environment, Peru and current Leader of the Climate Change Program of WWF International, Ana Toni, Executive Director of Instituto Clima e Sociedad (iCS), Brasil, Mika Ohbayashi, Director of Renewable Energy Institute (REI), Japan, or Naila Farouky, CEO of the Arab Foundations Forum.

 

Three energizing panels with the overall focus on ‘Shifting the Trillions — Our Contribution to a Just Transition’ elaborated on best ways to accelerate and the energy transition and how to remain well below the dangerous benchmark for average global temperature increase of 2°. It became clear, that a just transition is not only helping the world to remain well below the 2° benchmark but also exhibits already a positive business case in many parts of the world.

 

The major references for this endeavor remain the 2030 Agenda and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Furthermore, all speakers restated the particular responsibility of foundations in shaping the transition lying ahead. In this context, the F20 platform again proved to be capable in building bridges between different stakeholders well illustrated by the third panel “And Action – Recommendations to the G20 Heads of State to implement the Paris Agreement and the SDGs under the paradigm of a Just Transition”. Representatives of think tanks (T20), business (B20), youth (Y20), cities (Urban20) and the civil society organizations (C20) underlined their recommendations towards the Heads of State and the necessity of joint collaboration became evident.

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

F20 Forum in Hamburg – Foundations Take a Stand for Climate Action, Renewable Energy and Resilient Societies

 

From the 3rd to the 5th of July 2017, the Foundations Platform F20 hosted its first set of activities, including the 1st F20 High-Level Forum in the town hall of Hamburg, a few days ahead of the G20 summit in Germany.

 

The event gained considerable national as well as international media attention with speakers, including Auma Obama (Founder of the Sauti Kuu Foundation), Laurence Tubiana (CEO of the European Climate Foundation), Dr. Michael Otto (Founder of the Environmental Foundation Michael Otto and Head of the German Otto Group), Prof. Dr. Lord Nicholas Stern (Chair of the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science) or Dr. Amory B. Lovins (Chairman and Chief Scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute).

 

The participants called upon the Heads of the G20 countries to work closely in line with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. The speakers and multiple politicians, such as Barbara Hendricks (German Minister of the Environment) and Nicholas Hulot (French Minister of the Environment) as well as the mayors of Hamburg and Paris stressed the importance of the platform as an important bridge between various social/ civil groups, politics, business, finance, academia and civil society to reach international climate goals.

 

Within the panels dealing with “The Role of Civil Society and Foundations in the Global Transformation,” “The Reality of Global Decarbonisation. Economy and Policy Trends” and “The Road to Implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement,” the panellists presented their knowledge and discussed several approaches to mitigate the effects of climate change and reach the international agreements. In cooperation with the French think tank IDDRI, F20 published “Renewable Energy, Climate Action and Resilient Societies: Accelerating the Global and Local Paradigm Shift,” a report to the G20 summit 2017.

 

Following the main event, there were multiple side events for further engagement and exchange among the participants. These side events included various workshops discussing a broad range of areas from “Sustainability Asset Management” to “Cooperation with the Private Sector.” Overall, the events in Hamburg constitute a successful launch of this international platform of foundations and philanthropic organisations, making F20 an important contributor to implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

 

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

 

Did you miss the event? Please have a look on our Youtube Channel for the livestream of the event.

Media

Result of UN Climate Conference marks an “Important milestone towards a successful implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement – certain parts of ‘Paris rulebook’ still missing”

Katowice, Poland: The Chair of the Foundations Platform F20, Klaus Milke, called yesterdays results of the UN Climate Conference in Katowice “an important milestone towards the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement”, but also emphasized that far more efforts are needed by member states to keep global warming below the dangerous benchmark of 1.5 °C temperature increase.

Foundations Platform F20 on the G20 outcome: A sign of hope – Communiqué of the G20 reaffirms commitment to fight climate change

Buenos Aires, Argentina: The Foundations Platform F20 appreciates the reference to the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda in the final communiqué of the G20 summit in Argentina.

More than 50 foundations from all parts of the world urge Heads of G20 countries to ensure a “climate compatible” outcome
The F20 group is deeply concerned about a “weak” G20 outcome with regard to the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Few hours before this year’s G20 summit in Argentina the Foundations Platform F20, an international group of more than 50 influential foundations and philanthropic organisations, has expressed its strong support for the 2030 Agenda and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

International Group of foundations calls upon the Heads of the G20 countries to ensure that decisions by the G20 are in line with Paris Climate Agreement

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Today a number of influential foundations from all parts of the world have called upon the Heads of the G20 countries to ensure that the outcome of this year G20 summit in November in Argentina is in line with the goals of the UN Paris Climate agreement and the 2030 Agenda.


Group of international foundations welcomes Climate Agreement by G6 countries and calls for strong action on climate change at the G20 meeting in Argentina

The Foundations Platform F20 congratulates G6 for addressing global climate change in final communiqué.

La Malbaie (Quebec)/ Hamburg 

In the final summit communiqué, the G6 – Germany, France, Italy, UK, the EU, Canada and Japan – reaffirm their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement as well as the allocation of the necessary resources on climate finance. The F20 group states today that focusing on the transition to renewable energy within this century still remains the number one priority to combat climate change.

Press release 5th June 2018: Group of international foundations calls on G7 leaders to enact climate change solutions and lift barriers to progress.

Charlevoix, Quebec.

An international group of 45 foundations from around the world — united in its commitment to address climate change and find pathways to sustainable development — is calling on the world leaders converging in Charlevoix, Quebec for the G7 Summit to take concerted, transnational action on climate change.


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.

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