This year's NDE Regional Forum for the Asia Pacific region was held in a virtual format in conjunction with the UNFCCC Asia Pacific Climate Week 2021 (6 - 9 July, 2021). The Climate Week was hosted by the Government of Japan.
The Regional Climate Weeks 2021 build momentum towards success at the COP26. The Virtual Thematic Sessions took the pulse of climate action in the region, explored climate challenges and opportunities, and showcased ambitious solutions. This was a platform for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to the COP26. As part of its mandate and as one of the Mechanisms of the UNFCCC, the CTCN organizes the Regional Forums for the National Designated Entities (NDEs) on an annual basis. The objective of the forum includes sharing updates and experiences of ongoing CTCN activities in the region and interact with climate technology stakeholders, strengthen the regional NDE network, share national updates and bring attention to issues to be discussed during COP26, strengthen collaboration and linkages between the CTCN support and other support mechanisms available under the UNFCCC, and identify opportunities for enhancing actions for NDC implementation through innovative climate technology and financing options.
The CTCN Regional Forum was held in two parts: an open session for all interested stakeholders and closed sessions for the NDEs.
In the open forum, which was held on 7th July 2021, the experts in the fields of climate technology, policy, innovation and finance, and the NDEs from the region were engaged in discussions to explore different dimensions and views on opportunities to foster climate technologies transfer. The views from the experts were presented around five key themes of the Technology Framework: innovation, implementation, enabling environment, collaboration and stakeholder engagement, support. The recorded video from the event (open session) can be found here.
The closed forum, which was held on 8th July, was divided into a morning session for the Pacific region and an afternoon session for the Asia region to facilitate in-depth and closed discussions with the NDEs. The overall objective of the forum was to engage the NDEs through discussions and experience sharing on priority climate technology needs of the countries where the CTCN can support the acceleration of climate action through climate technology development and transfer. To facilitate the discussions, the NDEs were requested to make 3-5 minutes interventions around their experience on CTCN technical assistance support, priority technology needs that the CTCN could serve through its technical assistance, and potential ideas that could be developed as multi-county or programmatic technical assistance and potential opportunities to tap the Green Climate Fund readiness support. The forum was opened with a brief overview (provided by the CTCN on the achievements of 2020 and the outlook for 2021).
Please find the presentations from both sessions below.