F20 Foundations Take a Stand: F20 Head Office

Marc Beckmann/Ostkreuz
Sustainable Development

In times when multilateralism seems at stake, it is even more important to remind the G20 Heads of State that global challenges require global solutions. Foundations from all parts of the world have established the F20 platform to advance the 2030 Agenda of the UN and be part of the solution, especially with regards to climate change. The goal is to build bridges between civil society, business, and politics within the G20 countries and beyond. In our series, we will introduce some of the foundations.

Stefan Schurig, Secretary General at F20 Head Office

Why are you part of F20?

Stefan Schurig: F20 is a single-issue platform with a strong thematic focus and a clear target group (foundations from the G20 countries committed to achieving the F20 goals) while at the same time comprising a broad geographical spread and thematic diversity of its members.

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F20 Foundations Platform

The F20 Foundations Platform is an unprecedented alliance of more than 45 foundations and philanthropic organizations from around the world. The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt is part of the platform’s Steering Group. The participating foundations seek to identify pathways towards sustainable development and call upon the G20 Heads of State to take action. Its aim is to gather momentum for the implementation of the UN Paris climate agreement. The 2018 G20 Summit will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of November.

What can you contribute?

Stefan Schurig: The F20 secretariat is the interface for all members and offers them a value added – by sharing information, expertise, formulating common statements, aligning activities, organizing events, etc. It creates an operative value for the daily work of foundations and at the same time makes the political impact tangible for all.

What is F20 Head Office in a nutshell?

Stefan Schurig: F20 is a platform that brings a very diverse group of foundations to the table to demonstrate their clear support for the implementation of the UN Global Agenda, the global energy transformation and specifically the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. In many countries, foundations are very influential, so such a joint commitment can leverage a lot of political momentum. F20 also familiarizes its members with relevant political and technical implementation mechanisms, aligns their efforts to support or mitigate specific developments and encourages decision-makers and regulators to adjust their policies accordingly.


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