Sharm El-Sheikh, 15 November 2022 – Senior officials from several governments, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched a new five-year work plan at COP27 today to promote climate technology solutions in developing countries.
The Technical Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) – the two bodies of the Technology Mechanism under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement – have launched their joint work plan to accelerate the deployment of climate change technologies urgently needed to address it. climate change.
“The launch of this joint work program is an important opportunity for us to rapidly increase efforts to transfer technology to address mitigation and adaptation”, said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.
The new joint work program of the Technology Mechanism covers work from 2023-2027. It foresees some joint activities to be implemented by TEC and CTCN, including technical roads, gender work and technology, technology and NDCs and digitization, as well as common areas of work for the two bodies, including national programs for innovation, industry, and water -energy-food nexus.
“Time is running out to achieve the important goals of the Paris Agreement. Rapid scaling up and effective transfer of climate technology is essential to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and building resilience to climate change. A renewed Technology Mechanism is needed to unlock appropriate climate technology globally, and that is what this new work program is designed to achieve,” said Simon Stiell, Secretary General of the UNFCCC.
The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (IPCC AR6) and contributions from the Working Group III (IPCC WG III) on Climate Change Mitigation highlight technology as accelerating mitigation and driving effective adaptation solutions. The assessment also highlights that reducing global warming will require significant changes in key sectors and areas, including energy, cities, identifying several key areas with the potential to reduce emissions such as: cities/urban areas, industry, agriculture, forests and land. use the change.
This joint work program is an important milestone in the Technical Pathway and marks a new era of climate technology work under the Convention and the Paris Agreement. It is science-driven, aligned with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and focuses on the most impactful sectors and high-impact actions.
The United States today announced a $3 million donation to support the implementation of the Joint Operations Program.
The US President’s Special Adviser on Climate Change John Kerry said: “The UNFCCC Technology Mechanism is stepping up action in this crucial decade by implementing smart technology solutions for climate change and mitigation. With this contribution, the United States is supporting a new, strategic approach to technology cooperation and innovation in developing countries and fulfilling an important commitment made at COP26. The United States helped lead the development of this first joint action plan for a Technical Mechanism in Support of the Paris Agreement’s Technical Framework. We are committed to ensuring that the Parties work together effectively to accelerate action at the scale and pace needed for research, development, demonstration, and dissemination of climate technology.”
Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said: “Technology transfer is essential for the success of the global green transition. Whether it’s energy, infrastructure, transport or food: we need to make sure that knowledge is shared to help build industrial capacity and support developing countries to tackle the climate crisis. The new joint UNFCCC Technology Mechanism opens up new opportunities for innovation and action. The European Commission will continue to support in the coming years by providing a new contribution of EUR 2 million to the Center for Climate and Technology and the Network.
Parliamentary District Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Stefan Wenzel he emphasized Germany’s support and announced a voluntary contribution of EUR 1.5 million to the CTCN and EUR 500.000 to the TEC in 2022: “The fast and rapid deployment of climate technology is a very important building block in the set of solutions for the change needed to reach the articles of the Paris Agreement and the Status Agreement Glasgow weather. For this purpose, Germany is supporting TEC and CTCN in implementing their joint work plan and targeted industry transformation for mitigation and adaptation. The new joint venture program marks an important milestone in the continued development of the Technical Pathway.”
In addition, the Canadian government has confirmed a government grant of CAD 6 million to CTCN. Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, said: “While technology itself is not a climate plan, any serious approach must include thoughtful consideration of how to develop and deploy critical clean technologies.” This new Joint Work Program will help governments and other actors around the world to work together to do just that.”
As a long-standing donor, the Japanese government is committed to continuing its current level of funding for the CTCN. CTCN is pleased to strengthen its partnership with the Republic of Korea with the recent establishment of its Partnership and Liaison Office in Songdo, Republic of Korea.
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About the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism
In order to address climate change and promote technological innovation, investment, and deployment to reduce GHG emissions and improve resilience to the effects of climate change, organizations established a Technical Mechanism at COP 16, composed of two bodies: the Technical Executive Committee (TEC) it serves as the policy arm, while the Center for Climate Technology and Networks (CTCN) represents the implementation arm.
About the Technical Executive Committee
To address climate change and promote technological innovation, investment, and deployment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to the effects of climate change, governments have established the Technology Mechanism. It is composed of two bodies: the Technical Executive Committee (TEC) which acts as the policy arm, while the Center for Climate Technology and Networks (CTCN) represents the implementation arm.
The UN Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) is the implementation arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Program and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. CTCN, managed by the UN Environment Programme, promotes the development and rapid transfer of climate technologies to promote energy saving, low carbon and climate resilience, and includes the expertise of a global network of more than 760 civil society organizations, financial. , private sector, and research institutions to deliver technical assistance and capacity building at the request of developing countries.
About the UN Environment Program (UNEP)
UNEP is the world’s leading voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages cooperation in the care of the environment by encouraging, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without jeopardizing future generations.
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