At a time 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. Our series introduces some of these foundations.
Why do you support F20?
Keith Porter: We see the G20 as a value add when it comes to global governance. The G20 agenda has taken up climate issues, which is the linkage to the Stanley Foundation. The G20 is a great venue because it is a more broad-based group than G7 and more manageable than the UN with its many member-states. Because of our interest in G20, we partnered in the so-called “Think20.” We think F20 might be a better fit for us, to add value to the F20’s work and learn more about other foundations’ projects, challenges and activities.
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 toward 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, in late November.
What can you contribute?
Keith Porter: There is a critical need for climate leadership from the East Asia region. We see an opportunity to encourage this with a special focus on the energy transition, especially with Japan hosting the G20 next year, and with respect to foundations who have been increasing their engagement with countries like Japan and Indonesia, and even more so with China. The F20 forum is an opportunity for representatives from these East Asian major economies to have a conversation, and potentially engage with progressive countries like the EU, UK, France, Germany, Canada, and Mexico on how to shift policies from coal to clean around public finance for energy infrastructure in the region.
What is The Stanley Foundation in a nutshell?
Keith Porter: The Stanley Foundation has a mission to promote multilateral action in peace and security through three main issues: genocide prevention, climate change, and nuclear weapons policy.