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The critical role of technology in fighting climate change highlighted at Climate Change Conference in Bonn


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A new article highlighting the Technology Mechanism's contributions to the 56th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn is now available here. The article highlights two technology topics that were salient at this year's conference: providing technology support to developing countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and fostering technologies to strengthen coastal and ocean adaptation. As highlighted by the UNFCCC, these topics are important to achieving both the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Technology gives the world what is possible to help NDCs be more ambitious,” said Ambrosio Yobanolo de Real of Chile, Chair of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) at an event called "Technology's role in constructing more ambitious NDCs," which was jointly hosted by the TEC and the CTCN. 

Watch the recording of the event here.

Omedi Moses Jura, chair of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board, offered an overview of the key findings of a new TEC-CTCN joint publication, also emphasizing strategies to overcome technical, financial and institutional challenges related to the uptake of technologies. The TEC and the CTCN will update the joint publication next year. 

Kudzai Ndidzano, Deputy Director of Climate Change Management in Zimbabwe, presented a recently completed CTCN technical assistance project to develop circular economy roadmaps for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector in Zimbabwe, which contributed to the setting of waste targets in the country's revised NDC. The waste targets have led to a 7% improvement toward the NDC's emission reduction target.

Additionally, an event on the adoption of innovative approaches integrating technology and nature to enhance the resilience of coastal and ocean-dependent communities was held during the "Ocean and climate change dialogue," during which the TEC Chair launched a joint policy brief with recommendations on scaling up approaches that combine technology with nature-based solutions. The brief was produced by the TEC, Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) Expert Group on Oceans, IUCN, and Friends of EbA (FEBA) in 2021 as part of Technology Day. It provides an overview of the value of integrated adaptation solutions and the challenges and opportunities to increase their uptake.

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