Collaborations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Climate Technology Centre and Network creates links between countries, technology providers, technology policy and the financial community to enable nations to meet their climate goals and commitments. The CTCN collaborates with the following institutions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change:
The Adaptation Fund
The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) partners with the Adaptation Fund to provide complementary capacity building support for the design of projects and programmes that implementing entities can submit to the Adaptation Fund Board for funding approval.
Through CTCN's partnership with the Adaptation Fund, countries seeking project financing from the Adaptation Fund can request complimentary technical assistance from the CTCN to address specific challenges to remove technology barriers and deploy specific adaptation technology solutions. This CTCN technical assistance can enable countries to strengthen design of their project concepts and proposals submitted to the Adaptation Fund through early stage feasibility assessments for deployment of specific adaptation technologies, market studies, recommendations for regulatory reform, and other technical analysis.
The Adaptation Fund was established in 2001 to fund concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing country Parties to the Kyoto Protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Adaptation Fund pioneered Direct Access, which allows developing countries to directly access financing from the Fund through accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) and manage all aspects of the project cycle - from identification and design, through to implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Countries that wish to access adaptation financing from the Adaptation Fund through Direct Access must first become accredited by the Adaptation Fund Board through an NIE of the country’s choice.
Global Environment Facility
At COP17, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was requested to support the operationalization and activities of the CTCN, a request that has since been reiterated during COP18, COP19 and COP20. The GEF's role and long-term expertise in establishing conducive market conditions for technology deployment serves to support CTCN's technology transfer efforts and accelerates the achievement of global environmental benefits in targeted countries. Moreover, the GEF's financial support to CTCN activities in countries contributes to project visibility while reducing real and perceived risks, thereby acting as a catalyst for third-party capital providers.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.
Green Climate Fund
The Climate Technology Centre and Network and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) collaborate to support green technology deployment in developing countries. Such cooperation opens a wide range of possibilities to foster integrated implementation of countries' climate commitments.
To facilitate their partnership, the CTCN and GCF regularly organize parallel regional meetings and capacity building for nationally selected representatives (National Designated Entities and National Designated Authorities) of both mechanisms.
In 2017, the CTCN and GCF strengthened their cooperation by enabling countries to receive Readiness and Preparatory Support from the GCF for green technology assistance delivered by the CTCN. Such assistance includes:
• Support for feasibility assessments, testing concepts and developing GCF concept notes
• Strengthening proposals with key technical inputs
Read more about CTCN-GCF support in:
Technology Executive Committee
Together, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) form the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Created in 2010, the TEC is the Mechanism’s policy arm. The TEC focuses on identifying policies that can accelerate the development and transfer of low-emission and climate resilient technologies.
The TEC works closely with key partners and stakeholders to develop inclusive policy recommendations that are up-to-date and cutting-edge. In particular, the TEC works closely with the CTCN to address technology development and transfer issues.
The TEC consists of 20 technology experts representing developed and developing countries. It meets at least twice a year and holds climate technology events to support efforts to address technology-related policy issues. Each year the TEC reports to the Conference of the Parties (COP) on its performance and activities. Specifically, the TEC analyses climate technology issues and develops balanced policy recommendations, supporting countries to accelerate action on climate change. Currently, the TEC’s focus areas are:
• Adaptation technologies
• Climate technology financing
• Emerging and cross-cutting issues
• Innovation and technology research, development and demonstration
• Mitigation technologies
• Technology needs assessments