UN Climate Technology Center and Network opens twinning and liaison office in Korea

UN Climate Technology Center and Network opens twinning and liaison office in Korea

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 collaborating on technology development and devolving support to combat climate change and build resilient societies.

Officially opened on July 21, the partnership and liaison office was set up in partnership with Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, following an agreement to be signed with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – the CTCN’s host institution – in late 2021 became .

The main objectives of the Partnership and Liaison Office are to strengthen existing efforts in innovation and joint research, development and demonstration through closer cooperation with different organizations dealing with climate change issues and to strengthen the linkage between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism improve the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In particular, the Office will support capacity-building activities for National Designated Entities (161 national climate technology focal points selected by their governments to coordinate the activities of the technology mechanism in the country) in developing countries; serve as a center of excellence for research, development and demonstration of climate technologies; and promoting North-South, South-South, and triangular collaboration in research, development, and demonstration.

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, said at the event: “This new office will build on CTCN’s efforts to ensure countries around the world have access to the technologies they need to build energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-friendly resilient societies . The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear: research and development, combined with enhanced international collaboration, can accelerate the uptake and deployment of climate technologies needed to reach net-zero by 2050. This is essentially the aim of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office.”

Mr. 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 partnership and liaison office and will fully support the office’s activities to overcome the global climate crisis through climate technology cooperation. Based on Korea’s excellent capacity in climate technology and technology transfer, the Korean government will make continuous efforts to realize the model of climate technology cooperation between developed and developing countries.”

At the opening ceremony, Korea also announced the establishment of a Climate Technology Cooperation Committee, which aims to plan and implement best practices for the transfer of climate technology to developing countries.

Mr. Jeong-Bok Yoo, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, stated, “With the opening of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office, we expect that Songdo will develop into a center of cooperation for climate change response in Incheon City the further development of excellent domestic air-conditioning technology industries in overseas markets. We will spare no effort in supporting this new office by contributing to its stable establishment and playing a bridging role in enhancing collaboration with the Green Climate Fund.”

Following the official launch of the partnership and liaison office, the CTCN and the Green Technology Center (GTC) will invite Korean members of the Climate Technology Network to a networking event on July 22 to jointly develop climate solutions. The event will showcase best practices for expanding technology transfer and share lessons learned from Korea’s free technical assistance to developing countries through the CTCN. Four network members will present their innovative technology solutions and receive focused technical feedback from thematic experts and mentors. Representing the largest group of Climate Technology Network members in each country, participating Korean Network members will gain insights into the implementation of CTCN technical support and identify viable strategies for scaling technology solutions. Attendees will also develop ideas to improve the impact of the technology while benefiting from the opportunity to gain visibility by forging connections with Climate Technology Network members, funders and technical experts.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the CTCN

The UN Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hosted by the UN Environment Programme, the CTCN 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 over 730 civil society, financial, private sector and research institutions to provide technical assistance and to provide capacity building at the request of developing countries.

About the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and fosters partnerships in environmental protection by inspiring, informing and empowering nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without jeopardizing that of future generations.

For more information, please contact:

Karina Larsen, Global Operations and Knowledge Manager, UN Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN)

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