The Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) held its 14th meeting in Paris from 11-13 September. Attended by participants from 35 countries, the Board approved the report of the CTCN to the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25), as well as an operating plan for the CTCN for 2020 and associated budget of USD 11 million for the coming year.
The meeting, led by Advisory Board Chair Orly Jacob (Canada) and Vice-Chair Ping Zhong (China), was the first following the approval of the four-year Programme of Work that will guide the activities of the CTCN until 2022 and ensures alignment of its work with the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the technology framework of the Paris Agreement.
The Advisory Board received an update on emerging progress on partnership with the Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and engaged in a discussion on potential means for future collaboration to secure adequate funds for developing country needs related to climate technology. The Board also took part in a gender workshop organized by Wiebke Bender, UNFCCC Gender Team, and Karina Larsen, CTCN Gender Focal Point, on steps towards understanding unconscious gender bias and work underway through the Gender Action Plan of the UNFCCC and the Gender Strategy of the CTCN to incorporate gender considerations into the full scope of its work.
The expert engaged by the CTCN to update the monitoring and evaluation system for the CTCN presented an overview of work completed thus far and how the system and its detailed methodologies will support more reliable reporting to the COP, donors, and other partners. This work will also help to capture the additional activities to be undertaken jointly by the TEC and the CTCN pursuant to guidance from COP24 and the work of a joint TEC-CTCN Advisory Board taskforce to identify additional activity areas and specific actions that can be undertaken by the Technology Mechanism in support of the Paris Agreement.
The Advisory Board welcomed the new CTCN Director Rose Mwebaza to her first meeting since assuming her duties at the beginning of August. Dr. Mwebaza provided an update on progress achieved by the CTCN so far in 2019, particularly how regional and programmatic approaches, including in partnership with the GCF, can efficiently scale-up the impact of its work. The Director also laid out her ambitious vision for how the CTCN will build on existing approaches and foster new partnerships to further establish its role as a trusted solutions provider of practical solutions in support of the climate technology needs of developing countries and the ambition of the Paris Agreement.
The Advisory Board will next meet in Copenhagen from 30 March to 2 April, 2020.