F20 Foundations Take a Stand: World Wildlife Fund

Claudia Leisinger
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.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Head at World Wildlife Fund’s Global Climate and Energy Work

Why are you part of F20?

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal: In order to implement the new transformation paradigm, we need to find champions to move the agenda forward. In view of the political turmoil and shift of focus away from ambitious climate policies in many countries, it is paramount to keep up the momentum with political leaders at the G20 level. F20 can align the efforts of foundations towards this perspective to ensure strong outcomes.

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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 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?

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal: World Wildlife Fund can offer a strong background expertise to the F20 platform. Rooted in the effort to conserve nature, WWF has broadened its focus beyond wildlife towards a more comprehensive transformation, including the fight against poverty, water scarcity, climate change, the promotion of renewable energies, good governance and the transformation of finance systems and markets to move the world towards sustainability. Besides expertise on all these scenarios, WWF can also offer F20 access to its strong global network with offices in 102 countries and over 6,000 active members. It has also built up partnerships in all countries and has a very positive public image around the world.

What is WWF in a nutshell?

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal: WWF works on a transformation towards a sustainable development paradigm. The framework for this transformation has been set by international conventions, now we need to find ways to implement it and to align international and domestic policies and planning processes towards such a shared long-term vision. This vision should be focused on keeping the promise of Paris and achieving the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.


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