Forging a new narrative for Asia and the Pacific as NDE Forums commence in the region

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Songdo, Republic of Korea, 1-12 July 2024 – The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), in collaboration with the National Institute of Green Technology (NIGT) and Technology Executive Committee, convened National Designated Entities (NDEs) from 25 Asian and Pacific nations for the NDE Forum focusing on the past and future of climate technology development and transfer.

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Marking the 10th anniversary of CTCN, both the Asia and Pacific NDE Forums 2024 undertook a comprehensive review of experiences, best practices, and lessons learned from the past decade. The forums aimed to devise strategies for enhancing future collaboration in alignment with regional, sub-regional, and national priorities.

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Over the course of five days in each forum, the CTCN and TEC facilitated a series of knowledge-sharing activities with objectives to showcase regional progress, highlight available technologies for advancing climate system transformation, and foster collaboration in research, development, and investments for global climate change mitigation.

Welcoming everyone, Stephen Minas, CTCN Advisory Board Vice Chair and TEC Member, emphasized the importance of collaboration: “Our NDEs are at the forefront of technology and innovation, bridging the gap between global advancements and local expertise.”

He further noted that “By sharing knowledge and experiences, we address key challenges together. These forums not only strengthen connections among NDEs, Network members, and financial institutions but also open doors to new opportunities and enhance our collective impact.”

“As the world's 13th largest emitter of carbon dioxide and a member of the G10, South Korea recognizes its responsibility to lead this global effort,” noted Sang Hyup Lee, National Institute of Green Technology (NIGT) President. 

"While technology transfer is crucial, it must be accompanied by financial support to ensure successful implementation. By working together, we can leverage our collective strengths to address the global climate crisis and pave the way toward a sustainable, carbon-neutral future," he added.

A notable inclusion in this year's forums was a concurrent capacity-building program me focused on AI-powered climate solutions. This initiative aimed to raise awareness among NDEs about the opportunities, challenges, and risks associated with AI in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Echoing the same sentiments about the importance of collaboration, Thibyan Ibrahim, TEC Chair, noted in his address: "NDE Forums play a crucial role in the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and the intergovernmental process on climate technology development and transfer.”

Reflecting on the integration of AI he noted that it is “becoming increasingly vital in global efforts to tackle climate change effectively.” And highlighted the TEC AI Innovation Grand Challenge, which “will harness the power of AI to drive innovative solutions for a sustainable future."

Continuing on the topic of AI, Minsuk Baek, Director of the Environment and Climate Policy Department at Incheon City Hall, remarked, “Utilizing AI technology for climate action is a crucial responsibility for the future. Yet, effective partnerships and overcoming silos are essential for its successful implementation.”

She concluded, "This program offers invaluable inspiration and ideas on leveraging AI innovation for local benefits and well-being."

From Cambodia to Tonga: building a new narrative for the Asia and the Pacific

The NDE forums in Asia and the Pacific contributed to shaping a new narrative for the region’s climate resilience. NDEs, CTCN partners and Network Members from across the region shared their experiences, challenges, and solutions related to innovation and scaling up climate actions.

The forum highlighted solutions in two key technology enablers, (national systems of innovation and digitalization) and the five systems transformations, including:

  • Energy systems: Advancements in biomass gasification and biochar production by K-GRIs enhance GHG mitigation, power generation and energy efficiency and promote sustainable practices.
  • Circular economy and materials: Development of cooling systems with latent heat materials reduces energy consumption, promotes material reuse and supports sustainable economic benefits.
  • Urban systems: Digitalization optimizes urban infrastructure with renewable energy integration and efficient waste management for sustainable cities.
  • Industry systems: K-GRIs innovate e-methanol production to decarbonize industrial processes, offering a cleaner fuel alternative and valuable materials.
  • Food and land use: Biochar innovations support sustainable agriculture, soil health, and resilient food systems, addressing environmental sustainability challenges.

(1): All documents and presentations shared during both weeks are available on the respective pages: 

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