UN Climate Technology Center and Network Launches Partnership 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 avenues of collaboration in supporting the development and transfer of technologies to combat climate change and build resilient societies.

Officially launched on July 21, the Partnership and Liaison Office was established in partnership with the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, following an agreement signed with the United Nations Program for Environment (UNEP) – the host institution of the CTCN – end of 2021 .

The main objectives of the Partnership and Liaison Office are to strengthen existing efforts in innovation and collaborative research, development and demonstration through greater collaboration with various organizations working on climate change issues, and to strengthen the link between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Specifically, the Office will support the capacity building activities of National Designated Entities (161 National Climate Technology Focal Points selected by their governments to coordinate technology mechanism activities in the country) in developing countries; 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 CTCN’s efforts to ensure that countries around the world can access the technologies they need to build energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-friendly buildings. 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 diffusion and deployment of the climate technologies needed to achieve net zero d 2050. This is essentially the objective of the Partnership and Liaison Office of the CTCN.

Mr. Jong-Ho Lee, Minister of Information and Communication Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea, said: “We are pleased to host the world’s first CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office and we fully support the Bureau’s activities to overcome the global climate crisis through climate technology cooperation. Based on Korea’s excellent climate technology and technology transfer capability, continuous efforts will be made by the Korean government to actualize the climate technology cooperation model between developed and developing countries.”

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

Mr. Jeong-Bok Yoo, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, said, “With the opening of the CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office, we hope that Incheon City’s Songdo will become a center of cooperation for the response to climate change as well as the platform for the advancement of excellent domestic climate technology industries in overseas markets. We will spare no effort to support this new office by assisting in its permanent 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 the Green Technology Center (GTC) will host the 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 in scaling up technology transfer and showcase lessons learned from Korea’s pro bono technical assistance provided to developing countries through the CTCN. Four members of the network will showcase their innovative technology solutions and receive targeted technical feedback from thematic experts and mentors. Participating members of the Korean network, who represent the largest group of climate technology network members in any country, will gain insight into the implementation of CTCN technical assistance and the identification of feasible strategies to develop technological solutions. Participants will also develop ideas for improving the impact of technology while benefiting from the opportunity to gain visibility by forging connections with Climate Technology Network members, funders and technical experts.

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About the CTCN

The United Nations Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is the implementing body of the technology mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. The CTCN, which is 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 expertise a global network of more than 730 actors from civil society, finance, the private sector and research institutes to provide technical assistance and capacity building at the request of developing countries.

About the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

UNEP is the world’s leading voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in environmental protection by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

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

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