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U.S. Business Coalition Delivers Distinguished Leadership Awards to Christiana Figueres, Jukka Uosukainen and Jonathan Pershing

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At the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) recognized the exemplary leadership of three individuals for their global service to the UNFCCC and constructive partnership with clean energy industries.

“In honor of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy’s 25th anniversary, our coalition wanted to recognize the leadership of three distinct individuals that have impacted the course of global action on climate change and clean energy.  We are inspired by their public service and look forward to working with them to help countries meet the goals of the Paris Agreement,” commented BCSE president Lisa Jacobson.

During the COP 23, the three BCSE Distinguished Leadership Awards were presented to:

  • Ms. Christiana Figueres, Convener, Mission 2020 and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary
  • Mr. Jukka Uosukainen, Director, Climate Technology Center & Network and former Special Envoy for Climate Change for Finland
  • Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Program Director of Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Former Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Jukka Uosukainen, Director, Climate Technology Center & Network and former Special Envoy for Climate Change for Finland

“There are already thousands of climate technologies available. The key challenge is getting them deployed in developing countries where they are most needed. The Climate Technology Centre and Network strives to mobilize global expertise to deliver the right solutions, knowledge, and financing, to achieve our common goals under the Paris Agreement. The private sector plays a critical role in this process. I would like to thank the Business Council for Sustainable Energy for their partnership in ensuring access to innovative, reliable and clean energy solutions.”

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) connects developing countries with technology experts and financiers from around the world, identifying the best matches and then facilitating capacity building and technology transfer. As the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, the CTCN is hosted and managed by the UN Environment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and supported by 400 network partners around the world. Almost 200 technology transfers are underway in more than 70 countries for sectors ranging from agriculture and energy to industry and transportation.  More than 33% of all incoming mitigation-related requests to CTCN focus on energy efficiency, 30% - on renewable energy. 

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