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International Foundations advocate for a transformation that leaves no one behind
The F20 platform consists of more than 60 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.
Upcoming F20 Events
4th F20 High-Level Forum, 14.09.2020 in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Under the title of “Realising Opportunities of the 2030 Agenda: A Decade of Action for the G20 on Climate and Sustainability!” foundations emphasize the responsibility of the G20 countries to deliver on the global goals and to take action on the world’s biggest challenges such as poverty, gender equality or climate change. The G20 therefore have to lead on bridging the gap in climate finance and the implementation of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The F20 Forum will consist of keynotes from diverse international and regional experts and the three following panels:
- The Keynotes Panel – keynote speakers discuss the responsibility of G20 countries for implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement
- The Solutions Panel – experts highlight solutions to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and sustainable development
- The Engagement Groups Panel – the G20 engagement groups discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda and express their expectations on the G20 Process
F20 Sustainable Finance Forum, 13.09.2020 in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Updates on the F20 Sustainable Finance Forum 2020 will come up here soon.
Previous F20 Events
F20 Policy Briefing #1/2020 – Pushing the G20 towards a Net-Zero Emissions Economy: Country Profiles and Policy Recommendations
Published: January 2020
This F20 Policy Briefing is based on the 2019 Brown to Green Report that was compiled by Climate Transparency and actively contributed to by several F20 partners.
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.
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.
Ambitionierter European Green Deal muss auch Grundlage für angekündigte EU-Konjunkturpakete zur Bewältigung der Corona-Krise sein – Stiftungen appellieren an EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen für ambitionierten Klimaschutz
Hamburg, 18. März 2020. Namhafte Vertreter*innen von Stiftungen und Philanthropen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum haben sich heute in einem offenen Brief an die EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen gewandt, um für ein entschlosseneres Vorgehen beim Europäischen Green Deal zu werben…
Press Release of the Foundations Platform F20, December 16th, 2019
Result of UN Climate Summit in Madrid keeps the world ‘off-track’ from responding to the climate emergency – Postponed decisions on key questions lead to higher expectations at COP26
Hamburg, Madrid, December 16th: The F20 platform described today the result of the UN-Climate Summit as ‘completely insufficient’…
Press Release of the Foundations Platform F20, December 1st, 2019
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
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
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
More than 50 International Foundations Warn of Ignoring Climate Change and Sustainability at the Next G20 Summit
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”
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.
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.
Foundations 20 Platform action points to the G20 heads of state and Finance Minister on the current global responsibility. Click for further information and here to download the ICP Briefing on Building Resilience – G20 Finance, Energy and Health Meetings (April 2020).
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.q
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
Published: March 2020
Strengthening and shaping the F20 engagement in the G20 and UN climate track – our contribution to shifting the trillions for a just transition
Published: April 2019
From Hamburg to Buenos Aires and Beyond: Shifting the Trillions – Our Contribution to a Just Transition Foundations Platform F20
Clean Energy Wire, 19.03.2020
EU should use Green Deal as road map for coronavirus stimulus
“Foundations are calling on the EU to use any economic stimulus enacted in response to the coronavirus to accelerate the transition to a green economy. The global climate crisis cannot be ignored even as governments focus on the health crisis, said Laurence Tubiana of the European Climate Foundation. Her comments were echoed in an open letter to EU officials from a consortium of foundations in German-speaking countries, which called on the EU to speed up the implementation of the European Green Deal […]“
Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima, 19.03.2020 (in German)
Stiftungen fordern Klimaziele auch in Corona-Konjunkturpaketen
“Vertreter von Stiftungen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum fordern von der EU die Beachtung der Klimaziele bei Konjunkturpaketen zur Bekämpfung der Coronakrise. „Das Jahr 2020 ist zentral für den internationalen Klimaschutz, um einer nicht mehr einzudämmenden Erderwärmung entgegenzuwirken“, schrieben sie in einem Brief an die Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen. Sie fordern darüber hinaus, den „Green Deal“ der EU-Kommission entschlossener anzugehen. Zu den Mitunterzeichnern gehören unter anderem Vertreter der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt, des WWF, der European Climate Foundation, der BMW Foundation und der Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Die eingeschlagene Richtung der EU-Kommission sei notwendig und richtig, betonten die Organisationen. Allerdings zeigten Erkenntnisse des Weltklimarates, dass die bislang geplanten Anstrengungen nicht ausreichten, um die globale Temperaturerhöhung auf nicht mehr als zwei Grad zu begrenzen.”
Handelsblatt, 18.03.2020 (in German)
Coronakrise erschwert klimafreundlichen Umbau der Wirtschaft – Das öffentliche Leben steht weitestgehend still. Kurzfristig reduziert das Emissionen. Doch die Krise wird die ökologische Modernisierung verlangsamen.
“Zahlreiche Philanthropen und Vertreter von Stiftungen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum wandten sich am Mittwoch in einem offenen Brief an EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen, um für ein entschlosseneres Vorgehen beim Klimaschutz zu werben und den vorgelegten „Green Deal“ zur Grundlage für die Konjunkturpakete zur Bekämpfung der Corona-Krise zu machen.
Das Jahr 2020 ist besonders wichtig für den internationalen Klimaschutz und für den gemeinsamen Einsatz bei der Umsetzung, um einer nicht mehr einzudämmenden Erderwärmung entgegenzuwirken“, heißt es in dem Schreiben, das dem Handelsblatt vorliegt und unter anderem von Klaus Milke (Vorsitzender der Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit), Michael Otto (Umweltstiftung Michael Otto), Joachim Rogall (Robert Bosch Stiftung) unterzeichnet ist. „Gleichzeitig erfordert die aktuelle Corona-Krise schnelle Unterstützung der Europäischen Wirtschaft. Beides kann und muss zusammengedacht werden.“
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Frequently Asked Questions
The F20 Platform has been established as a global platform for foundations and philanthropic organisations and only such organisations can join the platform.
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).
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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