Speech by Mr. Omedi Jura, Vice-Chair of the CTCN Advisory Board at the Informal Dialogue with the constituted bodies, convened by the Presidencies and the Chairs of the Subsidiary Bodies
Greetings distinguished participants and organizers of this event. On behalf of the Climate Technology Centre & Network and as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board, I am pleased to give you a summary of the progress of the CTCN during the first half of 2021.
In the first half of 2021 alone, the CTCN received 23 new requests for technical assistance from 25 countries, bringing the total number of requests received by the CTCN since its launch at COP19 to 302 requests from over 100 developing countries.
The CTCN was also selected to manage the Adaptation Fund’s 5 million USD Climate Innovation Accelerator programme. Over 200 requests were received from more than 60 countries in 2021
Furthermore, the CTCN is now the largest provider of GCF technology readiness proposals for countries, responsible for implementing 29 readiness projects amounting to almost 10 million USD.
New areas supported through the CTCN include nature-based solutions such as ecosystem-based adaptation interventions and frontier technologies like block chain, remote sensing, and digitisation.
To be able to deliver on so many areas of climate change work, the CTCN mobilises a global Network of over 650 entities, among them civil society, finance, private and public sector entities. Since January 2021, 26 new Network members joined the CTCN.
The work of CTCN would not be possible without the National Designated Entities from each country. The Latin America and Caribbean NDE Forum was successfully held this year in May, as part of the UNFCCC Regional Climate Week. The forum brought together NDEs and key stakeholders from across the region to share updates and experiences of ongoing CTCN activities and to build momentum towards successful outcomes at COP26.
In the first half of the year, the CTCN established new partnerships with the West African Development Bank (BOAD) to explore opportunities for collaboration on a multi-country GCF proposal and expanded its partnership with UNDP to collaborate at the country level on TA implementation to deliver meaningful impact.
The final phase of the CTCN’s Youth Climate Innovation Labs in Africa and Asia was held in April 2021 where 11 newly developed and promising start-ups pitched their technology solutions for enhanced climate action and received feedback and potential investments from invited investors and organisations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have noticed an unprecedented rise in the number people using the CTCN’s online knowledge resources, as people all around the world are having to rely more on data, information and knowledge made available in open, free and unlimited access via online knowledge bases such as that of the CTCN website, (www.ctc-n.org).
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the CTCN’s efforts to assist countries in implementing their NDCs and scale up the implementation of climate actions. Despite reconfiguring its activities to adapt to the situation, the CTCN encountered challenges related to TA implementation and preparation.
As a country-driven process, the political commitment of request proponents and stakeholders, and a participatory and consultative process, are essential in the early phase of TA refinement to ensure that requests are focused, respond to country needs and effectively address strategic barriers and challenges.
The inequalities in digital readiness across CTCN constituencies, particularly LDCs, continue to impact their ability to actively benefit from CTCN services and for the CTCN to engage with them effectively, including for technical assistance consultations.
To ensure that the CTCN can meet the growing demand for climate-related technology assistance from developing countries the CTCN is organising a donor roundtable to be held in the second half of 2021 under the auspices of the governments of Denmark and the United Kingdom and the UN Environment Programme.
In the period between 2013 and April 2021, the CTCN secured a total contribution of 82 million USD. A new 1 million GBP voluntary contribution was announced by the UK Government in April 2021 to support the operations of the CTCN.
On behalf of the Advisory Board, I sincerely thank all who have all along provided support to the CTCN and encourage developing countries to continue making use of the services provided by the CTCN.