Within the UN Climate Change process, countries have confirmed the importance of enhancing 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 and the Climate Technology Centre and Network.
The Technology Executive Committee 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 committee 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 committee's homepage.
The Climate Technology Centre and Network is the implementation body of the Technology Mechanism. It accelerates the development and transfer of technologies through three services:
Providing technical assistance at the request of developing countries on technology issues
Creating access to information and knowledge on climate technologies
Fostering collaboration among climate technology stakeholders via its network of regional and sectoral experts
The centre is hosted by the UN Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and is supported by 11 partner institutions. It also has a network of national, regional, sectoral and international organizations which support it to undertake its services. The Climate Technology Centre and Network is accountable to and guided by the Conference of the Parties through an advisory board. Developing countries may send a request to the centre through their national focal point, called a national designated entity. For more information visit the centre's website.
The Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network work together to enhance climate technology activities. Their functions are complementary and support developing country efforts to address both policy and implementation aspects of climate technology development and transfer.