Songdo, July 21, 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 ways of cooperation in the development of technologies and transfer of support to combat climate change and build sustainable societies.
Officially opened on July 21, the Partnership and Liaison Office was established in partnership with Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, following the signing of an agreement with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – CTCN’s host agency – in late 2021. .
The main objectives of the Office of Partnerships and Liaison are to strengthen existing efforts on innovation and collaborative research, development and demonstration through greater collaboration with different organizations working on climate change challenges, and to strengthen the link between the technology mechanism and the financial mechanism within the Framework UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In particular, the Bureau will support activities to build the capacity of designated national organizations (161 national climate technology focal points selected by their governments to coordinate the activities of the technology mechanism in the country) in developing countries; to serve as a center of excellence in research, development and demonstration of climate technologies; promote North-South, South-South and tripartite cooperation in research, development and demonstration.
Speaking at the event, Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director, said: “This new office will build on CTCN’s efforts to ensure that countries around the world have access to the technologies they need to build energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-friendly systems. sustainable societies. The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear that research and development, together with improved international cooperation, can accelerate the diffusion and implementation of climate technologies needed to achieve net zero by 2050. This, in fact, is the purpose of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office.”
Mr. Jeong-Ho Lee, Minister of Science and Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Korea, said: “We are delighted to host the world’s first CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office and will fully support the Office’s work to address the global challenge. climate crisis through cooperation in the field of climate technologies. Based on Korea’s excellent climate technology and technology transfer capabilities, the Korean government will make continuous efforts to actualize the climate technology cooperation model of developed countries and developing countries.”
At the opening ceremony, Korea also announced the launch of the Climate Technology Cooperation Committee, which aims to plan and implement best practices for climate technology transfer to developing countries.
Mr. Jeon Bok Yoo, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, said: “With the opening of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office, we expect Incheon City’s Songdo to become a cooperation center for responding to climate change, as well as a platform to promote excellent domestic climate technology industries in foreign markets. We will do our best to support this new office, contributing to its sustainable settlement and playing a leading role in strengthening cooperation with the Green Climate Fund.”
Following the official opening of the Partnership and Liaison Office, CTCN and the Green Technology Center (GTC) will host Korean members of the Climate Technology Network on July 22 for a networking event on co-creating climate solutions. The event will identify best practices for scaling up technology transfer and present lessons learned from Korea’s free technical assistance to developing countries through the CTCN. Four network participants will demonstrate their innovative technology solutions and receive targeted technical feedback from subject matter experts and mentors. The Korea Network participants, representing the largest group of Climate Technology Network members in any country, will gain insight into the implementation of CTCN technical assistance and identify possible strategies for scaling up technological solutions. Participants will also develop ideas for improving the impact of technologies while taking advantage of the opportunity to gain visibility by networking with Climate Technology Network members, sponsors, and technical experts.
The United Nations Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is the implementation arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. CTCN, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, promotes the 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 more than 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, UN Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN)