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CTCN at Index Business and Sustainability Day: SDGs & potential for business innovation

Publication date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) SDG Accelerator organized a workshop on how to enter new international markets through collaborative innovation. The event was attended by business representatives, academics and investors from all over the world.

“By matchmaking countries with global expertise of more than 500 technology solution providers, 50% from the private sector, the Centre helps countries to realize the aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs present not only goals, but opportunities for organizations and the private sector to identify new solutions and to collaborate globally by engaging in new markets. The Centre's Network membershp is free of charge", presented Ms. Karina Kolbrún Larsen, Knowledge and Communications Manager of the CTCN.

Through the CTCN, companies can be contracted to provide technical assistance and training to developing countries funded by the CTCN (value up to 250,000 USD); share information and network at global and regional CTCN events and via the CTCN web portal; and to showcase technologies, practices, and activities around the world through the CTCN’s global communication channels .

The SDG Accelerator is a UNDP programme aiming to accelerate business solutions with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is tested in Denmark in 2018 and 2019 with 30 Danish small and medium-sized industrial companies, after which the aim is to roll out across the Nordics and globally.

One of those companies, BLUETOWN, shared their experience in how their efforts to contribute to meeting the SDGs led them to innovate and develop new services. Bluetown is now a global internet and content service provider founded with a vision of making modern connectivity accessible and affordable for people living in rural areas of the world, utilizing base stations powered 100% by solar energy. 

INDEX, originally established by the Danish government, works to build innovation capacities for the development of sustainable solutions through a variety of educational programs. INDEX is a Danish non-profit organization with global reach, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. INDEX educates and engages people in using Design to Improve Life-curriculum to develop sustainable solutions to global and local challenges. The organization supports the Index Award, the world's biggest design award.

Bhungroo, the easy-to-install water technology which captures excess moonsoon water from farm plots, stores and reuses it for irrigation during drought seasons, one of the Gender-Just Climate Solutions Award's winner, was also nominated for the INDEX awards. Read more about the winners here.

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