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

Songdo, July 21, 2022 – The Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) opened its Partnership and Liaison Office in Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea. The Office aims to open new avenues for cooperation in technology development and transfer of support to combat climate change and build sustainable societies.

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

The main objectives of the Partnership and Liaison Office are to strengthen existing innovation and collaborative research, development and demonstration efforts through greater collaboration with different organizations working on climate change issues and to improve the relationship between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism in within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Specifically, the Office will support capacity-building activities for nationally designated entities (161 national climate technology focal points selected by their governments to coordinate country technology mechanism activities) in developing countries; serve as a center of excellence in climate technology research, development and demonstration; and promoting North-South, South-South and tripartite research, development and demonstration cooperation.

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 have access to the technologies they need to build energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate resilient societies. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report is clear: research and development, along with improved international cooperation, can accelerate the spread and deployment of climate technologies needed to reach net zero by 2050. That’s essentially the Office’s goal for CTCN Partnership 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 activities to overcome the global climate crisis through climate technology cooperation. Based on Korea’s excellent climate technology and technology transfer capacity, the Korean government will make continuous efforts to update 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 climate technology transfer to developing countries.

Mr. Jeong-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 grow into a climate change response cooperation center as well as a platform for progress of excellent domestic climate technology industries in overseas markets. We will spare no effort in supporting this new office by helping to establish it firmly and playing a bridging role in strengthening cooperation with the Green Climate Fund.”

Following the official launch 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 at a networking event to co-create climate solutions. The event will identify best practices for increasing technology transfer and present lessons learned from Korea’s free technical assistance provided 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, who represent the largest group of climate technology network members in any country, will gain insight into the implementation of CTCN technical assistance and identify feasible strategies for scaling up technology solutions. Participants will also develop ideas to improve technological impact while taking advantage of the opportunity to gain visibility by building connections with Climate Technology Network members, sponsors and technical experts.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About CTCN

The United Nations Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is the executive arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The CTCN, which is organized 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 over 730 civil society, finance, private sector and research technical assistance and capacity building institutions 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 partnership in environmental care, inspiring, informing and empowering nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

For more information, please contact:

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

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