The Crop Trust takes a major step toward reaching its Phase 1 endowment target of USD 500 million at the organization’s first and only international pledging conference. Governments and select private partners unite for the global common good of crop diversity. The conference is chaired by the German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations delivers the keynote address, followed by speeches from Ministers and international leaders. Multilateral partners are represented at senior level.