New Climate Technology Centre and Network to Assist Developing Countries

A new Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) has been established as the operational arm of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism – to accelerate the development and transfer of climate-related technology and expertise to developing countries.

The Climate Technology Centre and Network, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to changing weather patterns, drought, soil erosion, and other impacts of climate change in developing nations. This goal will be achieved by assisting developing countries to make informed decisions about mitigation and adaptation technologies that suit their needs.

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UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark where the CTCN is located. Credit: Adam Moerk /3XN.


“As nations put in the foundations, walls and ceiling of a new, wide-ranging and universal climate agreement, the Climate Technology Centre and Network represents a further building block towards that low-carbon future,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “This facility will make a substantive contribution to accelerating the use of existing and new technologies that can improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries who are dealing with the impacts of climate change on a daily basis,” he added.

The CTCN aims to overcome the historic challenges of mobilizing funds and eliminating policy and technical barriers to promote accelerated, diversified and scaled-up transfer of environmentally sound technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, consistent with the national socio-economic and sustainable development priorities of the requesting countries.

Expected outcomes of the CTCN’s work are reduced greenhouse gas emission intensity and climate vulnerability as well as improved local innovative capacities. Private and public investment in adaptation and mitigation will be mobilized on a greater scale and collaboration and peer learning on technology transfer and deployment across and within developing countries will be the norm.

As of this month 35 countries, 24 of them developing, have nominated their National Designated Entities-focal points who will submit requests on mitigation and adaptation technologies to the CTCN – demonstrating that interest is already strong and uptake of the CTCN’s services is expected to be high. 

“The CTCN is a product of all parties coming together and creating an operational entity that will support developing countries as they work to accelerate the development and transfer of climate technologies,” said Griff Thompson, US State Department, and Chair of the CTCN Advisory Board.  “Through the Center we will translate the rhetoric of climate technology into the realities of technology development, transfer and adoption. We are confident that the CTCN will fulfill the promise and potential of its mandate.”

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