Songdo, 21 July 2022 – The Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has opened its Partnership and Liaison Office in Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea. The Office aims to open new avenues for collaboration on technological development and transfer support to combat climate change and build resilient societies.
Officially launched on 21 July, the Partnership and Liaison Office was established in collaboration with the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, following an agreement signed with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – the host institution of the CTCN – at the end of 2021.
The main objectives of the partnership and the liaison office are to strengthen existing efforts on innovation and collaborative research, development and demonstration through increased collaboration with various organizations working on climate change issues and to strengthen the link between the technological mechanism and the financial mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In particular, the Office will support capacity-building activities for designated national entities (161 national focal points on climate technology selected by their respective governments to coordinate the activities of the technology mechanism within the country) in developing countries. development; serve as a center of excellence for research, development and demonstration of climate technologies; and promote North-South, South-South and triangular collaboration in research, development and demonstration.
Speaking at the event, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, said: “This new Office will build on the efforts of the CTCN to ensure that countries around the world have access to the technologies they need to build energy-efficient. , low carbon and climate-resilient societies. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear: research and development, together with better international cooperation, can accelerate the spread and use of the climate technologies needed to reach net zero by 2050. , is the goal of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office “.
Jong-Ho Lee, Minister of Science and Information and Communication Technologies of the Republic of Korea, said, “We are delighted to host the world’s first CTCN Liaison and Partnership Office and will fully support the Office’s activities to overcome the global crisis climate crisis through climate technology cooperation.Based on Korea’s excellent climate technology and technology transfer capacity, the Korean government will make continued efforts to implement the climate technology cooperation model between developed countries and countries developing”.
At the opening ceremony, Korea also announced the launch of a Climate Technology Cooperation Committee, which aims to plan and implement best practices in climate technology transfer to developing countries.
Mr. Jeong-Bok Yoo, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, said, “With the opening of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office, we expect Songdo of Incheon City to become a climate change response cooperation center and platform. for the advancement of the excellent domestic climate technology industries into foreign markets. We will spare no effort in supporting this new Office by helping its stable establishment and playing a liaison role in strengthening cooperation with the Green Climate Fund. “
Following the official launch of the Partnership and Liaison Office, the CTCN and Green Technology Center (GTC) will host Korean members of the Climate Technology Network at a networking event on the co-creation of climate solutions on 22 July. The event will identify best practices for increasing technology transfer and showcase lessons learned from Korean pro bono technical assistance provided to developing countries through the CTCN. Four members of the network will present their innovative technology solutions and receive targeted technical feedback from thematic experts and mentors. Participating members of the Korean network, representing the largest group of climate technology network members in any country, will gain insight into implementing CTCN technical assistance and identifying viable strategies to augment technology solutions. Attendees will also develop ideas to improve the impact of technology, while benefiting from the opportunity to gain exposure by creating connections with members, funders and technical experts of the Climate Technology Network.
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About the CTCN
The United Nations Center and Network for Climate Technology (CTCN) is the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on the Technological Mechanism for Climate Change and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The CTCN, which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Program, promotes accelerated development and transfer of climate technologies for energy efficient, low carbon and climate resilient development and mobilizes the expertise of a global network of over 730 civil society, finance, private sector and research institutions to provide technical assistance and capacity building at the request of developing countries.
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Karina Larsen, Global Operations and Knowledge Manager, United Nations Center and Network for Climate Technologies (CTCN)