Within the UNFCCC process, countries have confirmed the importance of enhancing climate technology development and transfer to developing countries. To facilitate this, in 2010 the Conference of the Parties established the Technology Mechanism. The Technology Mechanism consists of two bodies: the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).
The TEC is the Technology Mechanism’s policy body. It analyses issues and provides policy recommendations that support country efforts to enhance climate technology development and transfer. The TEC consists of 20 technology experts representing both developed and developing countries. It meets several times a year and holds climate technology events that support efforts to address key technology policy issues. Visit the TEC homepage.
The CTCN is the implementation body of the Technology Mechanism. It facilitates the transfer of technologies through three core services:
Providing technical assistance at the request of developing countries to accelerate the transfer of climate technologies
Creating access to information and knowledge on climate technologies, particularly through its knowledge management system
Fostering collaboration among climate technology stakeholders via its network of regional and sectoral experts
The CTCN is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and is supported by 11 partner institutions. The Centre facilitates a network of national, regional, sectoral and international technology centres, networks, organizations and private sector entities. The CTCN is accountable to and under the guidance of the Conference of the Parties through the CTCN Advisory Board. Developing countries may send a request to the CTCN via their nationally selected focal point, called a national designated entity. For more information visit the CTCN website.
The TEC and the CTCN work together to enhance climate technology action. Their functions are complementary and support developing country efforts to address both policy and implementation aspects of climate technology development and transfer. They work to enrich coherence and synergy in the delivery of climate technology support and respond effectively to the needs of countries.