Bill, Melinda Gates Add Climate, Gender to Foundation Priorities

Feb. 10, 2020, 8:01 AM

Bill and Melinda Gates, co-founders of the world’s biggest private foundation, said fighting climate change and promoting gender equality will be prominent issues in their philanthropy going forward.

In a letter marking the 20th anniversary of the foundation’s inception, the couple said that climate has emerged as a key issue for the Microsoft Corp. co-founder, while gender equality has become a focus for his wife.

The foundation plans to work on technologies for lowering carbon emissions –- including ideas that can provide zero-emission energy cheaply to low-income countries –- and on ways to help vulnerable populations like subsistence farmers ...

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