UNIDO at COP 25: The Fourth Industrial Revolution as a catalyst for action on climate change

UNIDO at COP 25:  The Fourth Industrial Revolution as a catalyst for action on climate change

MADRID, 11 December 2019 - The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) taking place from 2-15 December, has gathered the nations of the world to agree on how to implement the Paris Agreement, set to start on 1 January 2020.  

As the United Nation’s specialized agency promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is playing an important role in helping to meet the 2°C threshold of the Paris Agreement by working closely with its partners and Member States.

Delivering a keynote speech at a UN-system side event on Sustainable Development Goal 7, UNIDO Director General LI Yong highlighted the importance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a phenomenon that is bringing with it not only innovative technologies but also “new business models, different ways of thinking and different lifestyles”. He said it is playing a crucial role in the clean energy transition and catalyzing action on climate change.

UNIDO also hosted a series of side events, which showcased many of its successful activities that assist countries to meet their climate commitments, and which underscore its commitment to working in tandem with its Member States and partners.

The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres was highlighted by the Director General as a notable example of UNIDO’s successful partnership approach. He emphasized that the Centres are the result of South-South and triangular partnerships with sub-regional economic communities and their Member States. Together, the Centres have an ambitious goal to accelerate access to clean energy and trigger a climate-friendly transformation of energy systems in partner countries.

The Director General also presented the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), an operating arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, which is co-hosted by UNIDO and the UN Environment. The CTCN promotes the transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low-emission and climate-resilient development at the request of developing countries. 

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), co-hosted by UNIDO and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, was also showcased. The network works to attract private investment into clean energy by connecting the donor community, investors, clean energy developers, and recipient countries.

In closing its participation in COP25, UNIDO signed a Joint Declaration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, signifying both parties’ determination to enhance their cooperation to drive climate action and ambition forward.  

Find out more about DG's activities at COP 25 here.

For more information, please contact:

Alla Metelitsa

Chief, Climate Policy and Partnerships Division,

UNIDO, Department of Energy