Friday, 22 November 2013

At COP19, UNIDO and partners support transfer of climate-related technology

WARSAW, 22 November 2013 – A new facility, lead by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will help accelerate the development and transfer of climate-related technology and expertise to developing countries.

The start of the operational phase of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) was officially announced this week during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in the Polish capital, Warsaw.

The CTCN will be located in Copenhagen and run by UNEP and UNIDO, with the support of the consortium, which includes 11 technical institutions.

The CTCN, the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, 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. It will assist developing countries in making informed decisions about mitigation and adaptation technologies that suit their needs.

At the 2010 Climate Change Conference in Cancun, countries agreed on a new Technology Mechanism to improve the development and transfer of climate-related technology, encompassing energy efficiency, renewable energy, early-warning systems, and other fields.

“UNIDO is highly pleased to be co-leading this important initiative with UNEP," said Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO. "Technology transfer will be a key issue for SMEs all over the world to help them cope with the effects of climate change, but also to meet the overall requirements of inclusive and sustainable industrial development".

In Warsaw, UNIDO was also involved in events and discussions of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). UNIDO became an implementing agency of the CCAC in 2013, where it is showcasing new and innovative technologies, both in terms of climate benefit and ozone layer protection.

Other UNIDO activities at COP19 included active participation in several side-events and meetings, where the Organization shared its knowledge and expertise with policymakers and institutional partners in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate policy, resource efficient and low-carbon industrial production, development and technology transfer, financial partnerships, supporting climate smart cities and Montreal Protocol implementation.

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