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Foundations Platform F20
Harvard Club of New York City, 35 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
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Foundations 20 Reception


The year 2020 will be crucial for both, the further implementation and increased ambition of the Paris Climate Agreement and a successful outcome of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). Five years after it was agreed at the legendary COP 21, the Paris Agreement will be experiencing its first stress test: The agreed five-year cycle now requires an update and further specifications of the pledges by the UN member states for 2030 and an increased level of ambition outlined in the nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

These planned reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ultimately will have to accumulate a full transition of the global energy sector towards 100% renewable energy as well as a substantial increase of the Earth's capacity to absorb greenhouse gases. 2020 is an important milestone for the international climate regime since the adoption of the Paris Agreement due to the submission of revised NDCs that incorporate advances in incorporating advances in renewable energy, technology and policy developments in key sectors.

Likewise, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the equivalent UN organization for protecting the flora and fauna of the planet. Next year’s CBD COP to be held in Kunming is of similar importance as the annual COP on climate change and provides a huge opportunity to adopt a “Global Deal for Nature” (GDN). In response to the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems launched on 6 May this year by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the GDN needs to pave the way for making 2020 a turning point in our efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and adopt ambitious spatial targets for the protection and restoration of ecosystems. This also includes the provision of effective nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. As such, 2020 is the year of the Climate/Food/Biodiversity Nexus.

The F20 Reception addresses the importance to link climate change, biodiversity and sustainability in context of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, while highlighting the role of foundations and philanthropy as part of the solution. The F20 Reception is by invitation only - if you have not received an invitation, please contact us at

The F20 platform consists of more than 50 foundations and philanthropic organizations from different parts of the world, calling for joint, transnational action towards sustainable development, along positive transformation examples to provide pathways towards solutions of today’s most pressing challenges – climate change and a just transition towards sustainable development, based on renewable energy. F20 wants to be part of the solution and builds bridges between civil society, the business and financial sectors, think tanks and politics – within the G20 countries, between them and beyond.

This event is part of the Climate Finance, Investment and Carbon PricingEnergy Transition and National Government Policy and Commitment programs of Climate Week NYC.