The Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) held its 16th meeting virtually from 10-12 November. Attended by participants from 23 countries, the Board approved the CTCN’s 2021 Annual Operating Plan and budget which is aligned to the technology framework of the Paris Agreement. The Advisory Board also discussed and approved the CTCN’s report to the Conference of Parties (COP26). The meeting, led by Advisory Board Chair Mr. Ping Zhong (China) and Vice Chair Ms. Moa Forstorp (Sweden), also approved the CTCN’s annual operating plan for 2021 and an associated budget of USD 11 million for the coming year.
The Advisory Board was updated on the work of other UNFCCC constituted bodies including the Adaptation Committee, Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund, Standing Committee on Finance, Technology Executive Committee. The National Designated Entity of South Africa, Dr. Henry Roman, shared his country’s experience in implementing technical assistance on GHG emissions reduction in the cement industry by using waste heat recovery combined with mineral carbon capture and utilization. Also, there was a briefing on COP26 by Ms. Juliet Meredith¸ Head of UNFCCC Technology, Capacity Building and Transparency of Support Negotiations, Ms. Cathy Li on behalf of the UNFCCC YOUNGO, Women and Gender and IPO constituencies shared their remarks on the role of youth, women and endogenous communities in advancing climate technologies.
CTCN Director Dr. Mwebaza provided an update on progress achieved by the CTCN so far in 2020, describing that despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, CTCN is on track to fully implement its 2020 work plan that was approved by the CTCN Advisory Board. She informed the Advisory Board that CTCN was currently implementing 50 projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Mwebaza noted that the digital divide in many of the developing countries that CTCN is mandated to serve poses challenges for technical assistance (TA) development and implementation via online communication, especially in stakeholder consultations. She highlighted the continued collaboration with the Technology Executive Committee and the Financial Mechanism of the UNFCCC. In terms of collaboration with the Finance Mechanism of the UNFCCC, the CTCN has supported 25 countries to secure funding worth USD 8.3 million from the GCF Climate Readiness portfolio and the CTCN has also collaborated with UNDP with the support of UNEP to implement a USD10 million Climate Innovation Accelerator Programme with funding from the Adaption Fund.
The Advisory Board will next meet virtually in April 2020.