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.
Why are you part of F20?
Mika Ohbayashi: We want to use the opportunity to speak in the name of a global coalition of foundations to encourage the Japanese government to aim for ambitious climate targets at the G20 summit. So far, Japan has not yet proposed long-term targets. This is even more important as Japan's climate policy has a major effect on other Asian countries.
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 and expose 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 in order to build bridges between different stakeholders – including the private sector and civil society. The 2018 G20 Summit will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of November.
What can you contribute?
Mika Ohbayashi: The Renewable Energy Institute can add value, especially in view of the G20 Summit hosted by Japan in 2019, by helping to understand the Japanese policy making, which may be difficult to fathom from outside. As current Japanese climate change policies pose an obstacle to ambitious global climate targets, it is important to encourage change. Also, we can help encourage other foundations, which so far have not yet engaged in climate change and international coalitions, to become part of this movement and members of F20.
What is the Renewable Energy Institute in a nutshell?
Mika Ohbayashi: The Renewable Energy Institute aims to realize a renewable energy-based society in Japan and other Asian countries. We are working towards this goal mainly through advocacy work, and by developing policy recommendations based on research to encourage the Japanese government and other stakeholders to implement an ambitious climate policy as well as renewable energy targets. Also, with the Japan Climate Initiative, we mobilize the private sector to go forward for climate change commitment.