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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
  • 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.

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Japan 2019

3rd F20 High-Level Forum in Tokyo: Heading towards a New Climate and Sustainable Economy – Shifting the Trillions for a Just Transition


With this public event, co-hosted by our Japanese partner foundation Renewable Energy Insitute (REI), the Foundations Platform F20 wants to provide a high-level forum to discuss and determine the most pressing questions for the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka at the end of June, including pathways for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement to enable global climate action, renewable energy uptake and  the building of resilient societies.


Under the title of “Heading towards a New Climate and Sustainable Economy – Shifting the Trillions for a Just Transition”, the F20 platform seeks to examine possible pathways towards an economy that is still geared for growth, yet embraces the opportunities of a long-term transition in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and towards a sustainable and low carbon economy that is capable of dealing with the risks posed by severe future climate change.


Find the latest Agenda here.

Speakers at the 3rd F20 High-Level Forum

For the Japanese version click here.

Ernesto Zedillo
Former President of Mexico (1994-2000)


As elected President of Mexico (1994-2000), Ernesto Zedillo successfully enacted bold reforms to address the major financial and economic crisis that faced his administration. At the same time, his government made strong commitments to social justice by increasing its spending on social programmes year after year. Since leaving office, Ernesto Zedillo has worked as the Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University and as member of a number of international panels and commissions, to find solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the global community. He has also worked on a number of initiatives focused on climate change mitigation and, in 2008, published an edited volume, Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto.

Amory B. Lovins
Chairman/Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute


Physicist Amory B. Lovins has advised major firms and governments worldwide for 40+ years; written 31 books and over 630 papers; and received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. An honorary architect, Swedish engineering academician, and former Oxford don, he has taught at ten universities. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.

Tasneem Essop
Interim Executive Director, Climate Action Network International


Tasneem Essop is newly appointed as the interim Executive Director of Climate Action Network International (CAN). She is currently also serving her second term as Commissioner in the National Planning Commission. She previously headed the climate work in WWF International and served as the Head of Delegation for the organisation at the UNFCCC up to the Paris COP. She became a Member of the Provincial Parliament in the Western Cape in 1994 and held the positions of Provincial Minister of Transport, Public Works and Property Management and Provincial Minister for the Environment, Planning and Economic Development. She was a trade unionist and a teacher before this.

Hiroshi Komiyama
Chairman, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. / Co-chair, T20


Hiroshi Komiyama, a prominent academic, scientist and engineer and leading authority in global sustainability, became Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. in April 2009, after completing four-year presidency (the 28th President) at the University of Tokyo.
He obtained a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo. His major fields of research include environmental engineering, advanced materials science and knowledge sharing. In 2010 he founded the ‘Platinum Society Network’ to achieve a sustainable society that solves environmental, aging, educational and economic issues.
He leads Japan and the world with his strong influence, extraordinary leadership and enthusiasm to achieve global sustainability. His major English books are “Vision 2050” (Springer, 2008), “Beyond the Limits to Growth” (Springer, 2013), and “New Vision 2050” (Springer, 2017).

Amar Bhattacharya
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution / Co-chair, T20


Amar Bhattacharya is Senior Fellow at the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution. His focus areas are the global economy, development finance, global governance, and the links between climate and development including on the role of sustainable infrastructure. His latest major publication is a report on Delivering on Sustainable Infrastructure for Better Development and Better Climate. He also co-leads the Sustainable Finance and Growth Initiative of the New Climate Economy. From April 2007 until September 2014 he was Director of the Group of 24. Prior to that, Mr. Bhattacharya had a long-standing career in the World Bank. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delhi and Brandeis University and his graduate education at Princeton University.

Frank Rijsberman
 Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute


Frank Rijsberman leads the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in supporting governments transition towards a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. He has over 30 years’ experience addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and poverty reduction with leading international organizations and philanthropic foundations. In his role, Frank Rijsberman engages with senior international stakeholders to drive the green growth agenda and help mobilize finance for climate action and sustainable development. As an advocate for sustainable development, Frank Rijsberman is focused on supporting GGGI Member and partner governments to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.

Catherine Howarth
Chief Executive ShareAction, Board Member of the Scott Trust


Catherine Howarth joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction’s mission is to activate institutional investors to better protect our climate, ecosystems and communities. Through ranking major investors and influencing public policy, ShareAction has helped drive up standards of responsible investment globally. The organisation has mobilised shareholder power to press companies to use renewable energy, reduce capital expenditure on high carbon projects and put an end to coal financing by a range of major banks. Catherine serves on the U.K. Government’s Asset Management Taskforce and is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian. Recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014, she holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations, and a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.

MA Jun
Chief Economist, Chairman China Green Finance Committee / Co-Chair G20 Green Finance Study Group


MA Jun is Director of the Research Center for Green Finance Development at Tsinghua University. He is also Special Advisor to Governor of the PBOC, Member of the PBOC Monetary Policy Committee, Chairman of China Green Finance Committee, and Chair of the NGFS WS1, Co-chair of G20 GFSG. Before joining Tsinghua, he was Chief Economist at the PBOC from 2014-17. Prior to that, he worked for 13 years at Deutsche Bank, where he was Managing Director, Chief Economist for Greater China, and Head of China and Hong Kong Strategy. From 1992-00, he worked as public policy specialist, economist and senior economist at the IMF and World Bank. He received Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1994.

Felix Chr. Matthes
Research Coordinator for Energy & Climate Change, Oeko Institute


Felix Matthes joined the Öko-Institut in 1991 and has been the research coordinator for energy and climate policy since 2008. He is the author of numerous studies and publications on German, European and international energy, environmental and climate policy. Central topics of his work are medium and long-term decarbonization strategies, energy market design and energy system modelling, design and evaluation of policy mix approaches in energy and climate policy, carbon pricing systems as well as various technology-specific issues. He was a member of several advisory bodies in Germany, the EU and abroad, e.g. of the German Coal Commission in 2018 and 2019. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Leipzig University of Technology and a PhD in political sciences from the Free University of Berlin.

Michiyo Morisawa
Director, Carbon Disclosure Project, Japan / Japan Head, Principles for Responsible Investors (PRI)


Michiyo Morisawa is Japan Director of CDP, guiding the initiative since CDP’s global expansion in 2006.
Also, since Principle for Responsible Investment, PRI established the Japan network in 2010, she has expanded its ESG investment as Japan Head of Signatory Relation at PRI. She has been a member of several committees under the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry. She has experience in international business development of financial services that worked to alleviate the risk of settlement in Citibank and others. She holds Ph. Doctor for Environment from Tokyo University.

Athena Ronquillo-Ballesteros
Climate Finance Director Asia, Growald Family Fund


Athena leads the development and implementation of the Asia Climate Finance strategy. Prior to joining the fund, Athena was Director of World Resource Institute’s Sustainable Finance program for 8 years. Athena has many years of leadership and management experience in environment, development and natural resource governance in developing countries with a particular focus on climate change, clean energy and sustainable finance. She worked actively on climate policy, sustainable finance and clean energy in China, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. She is a long-time policy advisor to the Philippine government’s official climate change negotiating team at the UNFCCC.

Emmanuel Guérin
Executive Director for International Affairs, European Climate Foundation / Director, International Climate Politics Hub


Emmanuel brings a decade of experience in climate politics, policies and economics, working in government, think tank, philanthropy and academia. Before joining the ECF, he worked for the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, as Special Advisor to the Climate Change Ambassador and now ECF CEO Laurence Tubiana, and led the drafting team for the Paris Agreement. He also worked as a Consultant for the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), was Associate Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Director of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, and Director of the Energy and Climate Programme at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Sven Teske
Research Director, University of Technology Sydney


Sven Teske is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney.
In February 2019, he published the book “Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals – Global and Regional 100% Renewable Energy Scenarios with Non-energy GHG Pathways for +1.5°C and +2°C” as a lead author at Springer. Furthermore, Sven Teske published over 50 special reports about renewable energies like the “RE21 Global Futures Report (2017)”, 100% Renewable Energy for Tanzania” (2017) and the “Global Wind Energy Outlook (2016)”. Sven Teske was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report Renewables (Chapter 10: Scenario analysis), published in 2011. He was a member of the expert review committee for the IEA World Energy Outlook in 2010 and 2011 and is a member of the advisory panel of the Japanese Renewable Energy Foundation. Among his areas of expertise are decentralized energy and renewable energy system analysis, modelling, electrification concepts for least developed countries, and 100% renewable energy pathways for CVF countries. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Flensburg in Germany.

Henk Rogers
Founder and Board Chair, Blue Planet Foundation


Henk Rogers is one of the world’s leading advocates and activists for reducing and eventually eliminating humankind’s dependence on fossil fuel. He is the founder, visionary and chairman of the board at Blue Planet Foundation, whose tireless efforts helped pave the way for Hawaii to enact a policy that calls for electric utilities throughout the state to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2045.
He is now focusing beyond Hawaii to help others enact mandates for 100% renewable energy in their regions. He has spoken at three Inter-Parliamentary Union assemblies, where he collaborated with the 178 member countries to draft an emergency climate change resolution.
His newest initiative, Blue Planet Alliance, takes a “mandate first” approach to initiate global climate change action. The Alliance aims to create measurable and scalable results among individuals, organizations, cities, states, countries and eventually, the world.

Dolf Gielen
Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology at International Renewable Energy Agency (IITC)


Dolf Gielen is the director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) since January 2011. The IITC, located in Bonn, Germany, assists energy transition planning and innovation strategies. Before joining IRENA, he worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Energy Agency, Paris. He also worked for the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba, Japan between 2000 to 2001. He has a PhD from the Technical University of Delftin the Netherlands.

Nobuo Tanaka
Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Nobuo Tanaka is Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He had been a former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to August 2011. He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and has served in a number of high-ranking positions, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was Minister for Industry, Trade and Energy at the Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. He has also served twice as Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based international organization, OECD.

Teruyuki Ohno
Executive Director, Renewable Energy Institute


Joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2013. Teruyuki Ohno has actively participated in the policy formation of Japan’s climate change measures as a member of the subcommittee of the Long-term Low Carbon Vision led by the Ministry of the Environment Japan. Before joining the Institute, he served as the Director General of the Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government for three years, covering a broad range of environmental issues including energy, climate change, waste management, pollution control, natural environment, and sustainable development. His notable achievements include reducing air pollution and PM emissions through “No Dirty Diesel Vehicle Strategy in Tokyo”, and implementing Japan’s first Cap-and-Trade Program in Tokyo in 2008, involving the industries and building a grand consensus. His active leadership in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency has formed the foundation of Tokyo’s energy policy. He also serves as part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo, a member of Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) and Adviser for ICLEI Japan and Board Member for WWF Japan.
He was awarded Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards by California Air Resources Board in 2014. His publications include “Energy Strategies of Municipality Governments” (Iwanami, 2013, Japanese) among others.

Anna Leidreiter
Director Climate and Energy, World Future Council


As Director Climate and Energy, Anna develops and carries out advocacy campaigns for a global transition towards 100% renewable energies. Together with her team, she advices policy makers around the world on how to facilitate the transformation by leaving no one behind. Anna has initiated the Global 100% RE Platform and is a founding member of two energy cooperative in the North of Germany.
Before joining the World Future Council, Anna gained practical experiences in the renewable energy industry as well as in academics and has lived in Ethiopia, Australia, the Netherlands and Brussels. She authored and co-authored various articles and publications on climate change and renewable energy subjects and speaks frequently on international conferences.
Anna holds a Masters degree in International Development Studies focused on Environmental Governance from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fiona Reynolds
CEO, Principles for Responsible Investors (PRI)


Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with more than 2,200 signatories who collectively represent over US $82 trillion in Assets Under Management.  The PRI is the major global organisation for responsible investment practices and leadership and the integration of environmental, social and governance issues across the investment chain. Its’ mission is to create a sustainable global financial system and the organisation aims to bring responsible investors together to work towards creating sustainable financial markets that contribute to a more prosperous world for all. Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector.

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto
Special Advisor to the Governor on International Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government


Tsuyoshi Yamamoto joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1985. After having served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in the United States and as Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in Brazil, in 2002 he was appointed Director at the International Science Cooperation Division of the Foreign Policy Bureau and Director at the Exchange Programs Division of Public Diplomacy and Cultural Exchanges Bureau. In 2006, he became Deputy Director at the Coordination and Communication Division, Headquarters for Abduction Issue in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and in 2008 Director at the Policy Planning Division in the same Headquarters. From 2008 to 2017, he served as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Argentina, Minister at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna and Consul-General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro. He assumed his current position in 2017. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Faculty of Law from Doshisha University, Kyoto and completed the international course at the Diplomatic School (Escuela Diplomática) in Madrid.

Harish Hande
Founder, Selco Foundation


Harish Hande, the founder and Chief Executive of SELCO Foundation, is a renewable energy entrepreneur with over 25 years of grassroots experience in meeting the energy needs of underserved populations. He is also the founder of SELCO India – a pioneering last mile rural energy enterprise based in India since the early nineties. Today, SELCO is an umbrella of organizations, each tasked to address gaps in the energy access ecosystem. Harish was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award in recognition of his vision to catalyse development outcomes via sustainable energy.

Catherine Brown
CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Australia


Catherine Brown joined the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation as CEO in 2011. The Foundation is Australia’s largest and oldest community foundation. Catherine is a lawyer with experience in the not for profit and philanthropic sectors as a strategic and governance advisor, lawyer and executive. Catherine is the author of Great Foundations: a 360° guide to building resilient and effective not-for-profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010). She has completed her PhD thesis related to philanthropic foundations and innovation (Centre for Social Impact, Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University). Catherine has held Victorian Government Board appointments in health and women’s affairs. Catherine is committed to helping build resilient, sustainable and inclusive communities.

Secretary General, Society for Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) Foundation


Prof ZHANG Li, Ph.D. is a field biologist and research professor on Ecology at Beijing Normal University. He has been appointed as the Secretary General of the Society for Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE) Foundation, China’s leading environmental NGO since April 2016. He works on China’s environmental policy studies on collective forest tenure reform, eco-compensation, protected area legislation, wildlife protection law, community conservation agreement, wildlife trade and tracking control related policies. Prof. ZHANG is also on the judge panel of Ford Motor Environment and Conservation Grant and working on grantmaking to support China grass root environmental NGOs’ capacity building since 2002.

LEI Hongpeng
Director Climate Change Programme, Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)


Hongpeng leads CIFF’s China strategy, portfolio and operations. He is Chief Representative of the CIFF China office and oversees China team and portfolio, which includes energy transition, carbon pricing, sustainable cities and urbanization, improving air quality, green finance, climate and environmental governance, and green Belt and Road Initiative, etc.
Hongpeng’s career spans government, think tank, NGOs and philanthropies. His roles prior to CIFF include directing the Energy Program of World Resources Institute China and leading WWF China’s climate and energy team. He also worked on building energy efficiency and green buildings for over 4 years at Chinese government. Hongpeng sits on the Board of Energy Foundation China.

Renato Redentor Constantino
V20 and Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities


Red Constantino heads the international policy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and is a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Vulnerable 20 Group of Finance Ministers (V20). He is a Board Member of the Philippine People’s Survival Fund, the country’s first legislated climate finance mechanism. He was senior advisor to the Philippine presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (2014-2016) and V20 (2015-2016). He published the literary anthology Agam: Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change, which won four national book awards (2015, 2016). He contributed to the anthology Humanity (Paloma Press, 2018) and is the author of The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire (CF, 2006).

Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis
Senior Advisor, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources Foundation (FARN) / C20


Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis is Senior Advisor on Climate Policy in FARN where he engages in the National, Regional, and International climate and energy debate, including UNFCCC and G20. Over the course of 15 years, he actively engaged in Climate Negotiations on behalf of various Civil Society Groups. Since 2018, he coordinates the Environment, Climate, and Energy Working group of the Civil 20 and coordinates the G20 activities in CAN International. In Latin America, Enrique coordinates the LatinoAdapta project for the Network on Climate Change and Decision Making, where he coordinates the work of Academic Institutions and Think Tanks to build bridges between Science and decision-making.

Klaus Milke
Chair, F20


Klaus Milke is the Chairman of the Steering Group of Foundations 20 with the background as Founder and Chairman of Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit (Foundation for Sustainability). Since 1991 he is also in the Board of Germanwatch, a German development and environmental Non-Governmental Organization.
He has graduated economics, followed by studies of sociology and political science and – with experience in the executive board of a middle sized company – he is today consulting governments, corporates and civil society groups.
By advice, moderation and advocacy work he is active in various networking and campaigning processes mainly on climate and energy and on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda “in, with and from” Germany with the SDG.

Stefan Schurig
Secretary General, F20


Dipl. Ing. Stefan Schurig is the Secretary General of the Foundations Platform F20 (F20). He is an architect by training and has worked for some 20 years with governments and parliamentarians around the globe on sustainability subjects. Before he joined the F20 platform in 2017 he was at the Executive Board of the World Future Council Foundation (WFC) and appointed member of the steering committee of the World Urban Campaign of the United Nations. Stefan also teaches at the Master programme of Urban Planning at the Hamburg University (HCU). Stefan was also a member of the Senior Management Team of Greenpeace Germany until 2007.

Tomas Kåberger
Chair of Executive Board, Renewable Energy Institute


Tomas Kåberger has been the Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in 2011. Academically, he got an MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science at Chalmers. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently affiliate Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology.
Industrially, he has had leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, another company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vattenfall, and as Industrial Growth Executive of the European company InnEnergy.
Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Committees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency. He is also a member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council established in 2018.

Mika Ohbayashi
Director, Renewable Energy Institute / Co-Chair, F20


Mika Ohbayashi is a founding member and Director at Renewable Energy Institute since 2011. Before joining the Institute, Ohbayashi worked for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. She served as Deputy Director at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies for 8 years since its establishment in 2000. She also worked for UKFCO at the British Embassy to Japan, as Advisor for Climate Change Projects and Policies before joining IRENA, and started her carrier in the energy field by joining Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in 1992. She coordinates many scientific study projects, takes leadership to team up various networks including national parliamentarians and local authorities, domestically and internationally to improve sustainable energy society. She was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2017.

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

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 1.5° C. It became clear, that a just transition is not only helping the world to remain well below the 1.5° C benchmark but also exhibits already a positive business case in many parts of the world.


The 2030 Agenda and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement remain as the major framework for a just transition and all speakers emphasised the particular responsibility of foundations in shaping the transition lying ahead. In this context, the F20 platform again proved to be capable of building bridges between different stakeholders, which was 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.

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 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.

Germany 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.


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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)

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)

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.

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


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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