Agenda 2018 – F20 activities at G7, G20 and the COP24
The Foundations Platform F20 perceives the G20 process and the formal meetings of the UNFCCC (Conference of the Parties, COP) as two important pathways that are heading to the same direction. As G20 summits address far more than just climate-related issues, the F20 platform engages the G20 process with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda as the main overarching framework. In 2018, the F20 platform will continue to be part of the solution in both processes. In addition to the G20 and COP process, F20 is working on a Joint Statement with other engagement groups, which will be published around the G7 summit in Canada. The messages and key activities of F20 around the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in Argentina and the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, are briefly summarised in the following:
F20 at the G20 summit 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina
In the G20 process, the F20 platform focuses on the ‘Energy Transition Working Group’ and the ‘Working Group on Climate and Sustainability’. F20 seeks to utilise four main channels to contribute to the G20 process: i) to support the Argentinian G20 presidency in hosting a successful G20 meeting with a strong outcome; ii) to support meetings and workshops as part of the society before the final negotiations iii) to suggest concrete amendments to the wording of the final G20 summit communiqué and outcomes, as well as iv) to highlight specific topics, such as green finance, building of green infrastructure and carbon pricing.
The G20 summit in Argentina provides the opportunity to support a Global South perspective on climate and energy policy issues. Together with its Argentinian foundations the F20 platform has developed its own narrative within the G20 process for this year: with „Shifting the Trillions — Our Contribution to a Just Transition“ F20 seeks to showcase best ways to align financial flows to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, requiring revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that can limit global warming to at least 1.5° to 2°C. A publication and a joint statement with other engagement groups will be released on this subject.
Finally, at a public event in Buenos Aires around the 6th of September, the F20 platform will present its main messages to the G20 process, followed by a F20 strategy meeting in Mendoza from the 7th to 9th of September. The meeting will be in parallel with the 3rd Sherpa meeting in Mendoza, providing the opportunity for an informal exchange between F20 representatives and some G20 Sherpas or representatives from Sherpa Offices.
F20 at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland
Within the formal UNFCCC track, F20 seeks to contribute to the Talanoa Dialogue by linking the G20 process with the COP24 in Katowice in the first weeks of December, hosting a side-event and bringing different stakeholders together.