The UN Climate Technology Center and Network opens a Partnership and Liaison Office in Korea

Songdo, 2022 July 21 – The Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has opened its partnership and liaison office in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Office aims to open up new opportunities for cooperation in technology development and transfer of support to combat climate change and build resilient societies.

Officially opened on July 21. The Partnership and Liaison Office was established in cooperation with the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT and Incheon Metropolitan City in 2021. after signing an agreement with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – CTCN’s host institution. .

The main objectives of the Office of Partnerships and Liaison are to strengthen existing efforts in innovation and cooperation in research, development and demonstration, by working more closely with various organizations working on climate change, and to strengthen the connection between the technology mechanism and the financial mechanism. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Specifically, the office will support capacity-building activities of National Designated Entities (161 National Climate Technology Centers selected by their governments to coordinate the activities of the National Technology Mechanism) in developing countries; to be a center of excellence for research, development and demonstration of climate technologies; and promote North-South, South-South and Trilateral cooperation in research, development and demonstration.

Speaking at the event, UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen 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 develop energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-changing technologies. resilient societies. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear: research and development, combined with better international cooperation, can accelerate the development of the climate technologies necessary to achieve climate change by 2050. zeroing in, diffusion and deployment. CTCN Office of Partnerships and Liaison.

Mr. Jong-Ho Lee, Minister of Science and Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Korea, said: “We are pleased to host the world’s first CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office and will fully support the office’s efforts to address the global climate crisis through climate technology cooperation. 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 between developed countries and developing countries.

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

Incheon City Mayor Jeong-Bok Yoo stated, “With the opening of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office, we hope Songdo will become a hub for Incheon City to respond to climate change and a platform for excellent local climate technology industries to advance to overseas markets. We will spare no effort in supporting this new office, helping to establish a stable establishment and playing an intermediary role in strengthening cooperation with the Green Climate Fund.

With the official opening of the Partnership and Liaison Office, CTCN and the Green Technology Center (GTC) on July 22. will host members of the Korea Climate Technology Network for a networking event dedicated to the collaborative development of climate solutions. The event will identify best practices for increasing technology transfer and present lessons learned from Korea’s pro bono technical assistance to developing countries through the CTCN. Four network members will showcase their innovative technology solutions and receive targeted technical feedback from subject matter experts and mentors. The participating Korean network members, representing the largest group of Climate Technology Network members in any country, will gain insights into how to implement CTCN’s technical support and identify potential strategies for scaling up technology solutions. Participants will also generate ideas for improving the impact of technologies, while taking advantage of the opportunity to gain visibility by networking with Climate Technology Network members, funders and technical experts.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About CTCN

The UN Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Owned by the UN Environment Programme, CTCN promotes accelerated development and transfer of climate technologies for energy efficiency, low carbon and climate resilience, and mobilizes finance from a global network of over 730 civil societies. , the private sector and research institutions to provide technical assistance and capacity building at the request of developing countries.

About the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

UNEP is a global leader on environmental issues. It provides leadership and fosters partnerships for the environment by inspiring, informing and empowering nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.

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Karina Larsen, Head of Global Operations and Knowledge, UN Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN).

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