What is Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)?

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The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) recently marked its 10-year anniversary.

About Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

  • It is the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Climate Change Technology Mechanism.
  • It is hosted by UN Environment (UNEP)in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and with the support of 11 independent organizations having expertise in climate technologies.
  • It was established to accelerate the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low-carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries.
  • The CTCN provides technology solutions, capacity building, and advice on policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks tailored to the needs of individual countries by harnessing the expertise of a global network of technology companies and institutions.
  • The CTCN is a demand-driven mechanism as its services are offered upon request by developing countries, and the volume and specific nature of activities ultimately depends on countries’ requirements and needs.
  • The CTCN consists of two parts: a centre—a coordinating entity located in UN City Copenhagenand a worldwide network of organizations that delivers CTCN services—both virtually and actually.

Q1: What is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)?

UNIDO, is a specialized agency in the United Nations system, headquartered in Vienna, with a unique mandate to promote, dynamize and accelerate industrial development. UNIDO provides support to its 172 Member States through four mandated functions: technical cooperation; action-oriented research and policy-advisory services; normative standards-related activities; and fostering partnerships for knowledge and technology transfer.

Source: Catalyzing climate technology as CTCN hits 10-year anniversary