The Republic of Korea and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a host country agreement today in support of technology development and transfer to combat climate change and build resilient societies.
Ms. Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director, and Mr. Yeonghan Choi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Kenya, signed the agreement at a ceremony held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.
The host agreement is expected to pave the way for the establishment of a Partnership and Liaison Office in the Republic of Korea for the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The CTCN, the implementation arm of the UN Climate Change Technology Mechanism and hosted by UNEP, enhances action on climate technology development and transfer.
"The agreement will enhance the linkage between the GCF and the CTCN, and strengthen links between the Korean Government and the CTCN through the establishment of a CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office in the Republic of Korea," said Mr. Yeonghan Choi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Kenya.
“As we head into COP26, we know that technology and finance are critical to support commitments by countries under the Paris Agreement and to tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme. “We welcome and count on the strong support of the Republic of Korea to the CTCN to enhance collaboration and innovation on climate technologies and their rapid deployment. It is precisely these types of collaborations that are vital to step up urgent climate action.”