VIENNA, 27 January 2017 – The Government of Switzerland’s expertise in climate technology and its contribution to the global climate technology network were highlighted today during a meeting between LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Claude Wild, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the International Organizations in Vienna.
Director General Li thanked the Swiss government for its long-standing support for UNIDO’s technical cooperation projects. Last year, Switzerland was the largest donor country to UNIDO’s technical cooperation projects.
Li also commended Switzerland’s leadership in the governing body of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, hosted by UNIDO and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low-carbon and climate-resilient development at the request of developing countries.
The initiative draws on the UNIDO-supported network of National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs), which were originally devised by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The NCPCs advise small- and medium-sized enterprises on lowering consumption of energy, water and raw materials, thereby helping them to become more productive and minimize the impact on climate change.
Ambassador Wild reiterated the Government’s commitment to supporting UNIDO’s activities towards achieving its mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
“I trust UNIDO will be the centre of excellence for implementing not only SDG 9, but also other SDGs such as 12 and 13. All UN agencies should be active in the common goal of realizing the 2030 Agenda, which should also be the overarching driving force for the international development community,” said Wild.
The Ambassador also expressed Switzerland’s readiness to continuously provide developing countries with climate technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks.