F20 – For a transformation
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🤝Este sábado en la Zona Verde de la @COP25CL ponemos en el foco los nuevos actores que irrumpen en el ámbito energético y las herramientas para que la transición sea social y justa, aquí y a nivel global.

🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️Contaremos con @REN21 @IRENA @greenpeace_esp @f20platform @OIT_ES https://twitter.com/IDAEenergia/status/1202228469503012864

We are thrilled to announce that David Suzuki, Co-Founder of the @DavidSuzukiFDN will be joining our #F20 Reception at the #COP25 in 6 days (Dec 10 in Madrid). Find the full agenda here: https://bit.ly/2DJ4rtc #ClimateJustice #ImpactInvestment #ParisAgreement #SDGs #Agenda2030

As #COP25 begins today through 13 Dec in Madrid, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco urges world leaders to take immediate action to address Ocean crisis and mitigate damage to the Earth and all its living things. It's #TimeforAction https://bit.ly/2rKDPp5

Foundations 20 Platform calls upon #G20 countries to increase #ClimateActions and to show leadership at the #UN Climate Talks. Read the press release of #F20 prior to the #COP25 here➡️https://bit.ly/35OXyTb #TakeAStand #ActNow #ClimateEmergency

We are delighted to welcome Mary Robinson, Chair of @theElders and former President of Ireland to our #F20 Reception in 11 days at the #COP25 in Madrid (Dec 10 at 6pm). Find the full agenda here https://bit.ly/2R8mGAx #TakeAStand #ParisAgreement #ClimateJustice #ImpactInvestment

#F20 Reception on “#ShiftingtheTrillions – the Role of #SustainableFinance and #ImpactInvestment for the Implementation of the #SDGs and the #ParisAgreement” in 20 days at the #COP25 in Madrid (10 December at 6pm) - Find the agenda here ➡️https://bit.ly/35mZ3bk #TakeAStand

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International Foundations advocate for a transformation that leaves no one behind

The F20 platform consists of more than 50 foundations and philanthropic organizations from different parts of the world, calling for joint, transnational action towards sustainable development, along positive transformation examples to provide pathways towards solutions of today’s most pressing challenges – climate change and a just transition towards sustainable development, based on renewable energy. F20 wants to be part of the solution and builds bridges between civil society, the business and financial sectors, think tanks and politics – within the G20 countries, between them and beyond.

For more information, read the F20 Mission Statement here.

F20’s contribution to the solution of global challenges

The F20 platform takes a clear stance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The F20 see G20’s multilateral processes and UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties (COP) formal meetings as two separate pathways heading in the same direction. G20 summits address far more than simply climate and energy-related issues, therefore the
F20 platform links to the G20 process with the 2030 Agenda as its thematic umbrella and common framework. In accordance with the F20 mission statement,

  • F20 aims to inspire proactive alliances towards new transformational partnerships and encourage viable
    cooperation.
  • F20 seeks to initiate and provide opportunities for new dialogue spaces and effective discourse between foundations worldwide and especially in the context of G20.
  • F20 considers contributing to the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda to be an important task for foundations by applying the above-mentioned goals and sustainability efforts to their actions, organisational agendas and portfolio strategies.

As an international platform and catalyst, F20 expects to further shape the dialogue between G20 countries regarding the UN frameworks and emphasize civil society’s indispensable role for a just transition. Three major functions of the F20 platform become increasingly relevant:

  • F20 as an enabler and bridge-builder between non-state actors such as businesses and civil society organizations, governments and philanthropic institutions.
  • F20 as a sounding board for foundations within and beyond the G20 process regarding particular issues related to climate change, renewable energy and constantly shrinking spaces for many civil society organizations.
  • F20 as a global learning platform for improved cooperation, interlinking foundations worldwide and providing a range of mutually complementing opportunities.

Concerted efforts 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 and encourage to move forward with global decarbonisation trends, such as the transformation of the energy sector by shifting towards renewable energy sources and the increase of energy efficiency.

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

Upcoming F20 Events

F20 at the COP25 in Madrid

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F20 Reception at the COP25

‘Shifting the Trillions’ – the Role of Sustainable Finance and Impact Investment for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 in Madrid

Please find further information as well as the Agenda on the F20 Reception at the COP25 here.

Kindly note that the number of participants is limited – if you have not received an invitation, please contact us at info@foundations-20.org.

Previous F20 Events

Publications

Aligning G20 Infrastructure Investment with Climate Goals & the 2030 Agenda

Date 13.06.2019

F20 report to the G20 that was developed in cooperation with the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University and the Brookings Institution on aligning G20 infrastructure investment with climate goals and the 2030 Agenda.

F20 Report to the G20 (2019) G20 Infrastructure Investment.pdf (2.31 mb)

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)

 

Press Release of the Foundations Platform F20, December 1st, 2019

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Foundations 20 Platform calls upon G20 countries to increase climate actions and to show leadership at the UN Climate Talks

Hamburg, Germany: The F20 platform, a group of 60 foundations from all parts of the world, called today upon the G20 countries to assume more responsibility at the upcoming climate talks and to commit to bold action.

 

 

Press Release of the Foundations Platform F20, August 23rd, 2019

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G7 must increase their ambitions on climate action

Biarritz, France: The Foundations Platform F20 calls upon the G7 countries to commit to bold climate actions that would ‘set the tone’ for increased ambitions by all UN member states that are necessary to limit the average global temperature increase below 1.5 °C and net zero emissions by 2050.

 

Press Release of the Foundation Platform F20 on the outcome of G20 Osaka summit, June 29th, 2019

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19 G20 countries reaffirm the Paris Climate Agreement as irreversible – Foundations Platform F20 advocates for increased ambitions on climate change and appreciates positive signals for the G20 summit 2020

Osaka, Japan; Hamburg, Germany: Osaka, Hamburg, June 29th, 2019: The Foundations Platform F20, an international group of more than 55 foundations and philanthropic organisations from G20 countries and beyond, appreciates that all G20 countries except the US have reaffirmed that the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement is irreversible. F20 now encourages for increased ambition on climate change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More than 50 International Foundations Warn of Ignoring Climate Change and Sustainability at the Next G20 Summit

Tokyo, Japan: Press Release of the Foundations Platform F20, June 13th, 2019 More than 50 International Foundations Warn of Ignoring Climate Change and Sustainability at the …

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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

The F20 Team

F20 Chair

Klaus Milke
Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit

F20 Co-Chair

Ramiro Fernandez
Fundación AVINA

F20 Co-Chair

Mika Ohbayashi
Renewable Energy Institute

Stefan Schurig
Secretary General F20

Moska Timar
Project Manager F20

Martin Bosak
Project Manager F20

Astrid Skala
Senior Advisor F20

 Alexander El Alaoui
Senior Advisor F20

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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