Climate Technology Centre & Network Progress Report 2020

A message from the chair of the advisory board Ping Zhong

The COVID-19 pandemic drove the world into a global crisis of unprecedented reach and proportion. The pandemic served as a stark reminder of the world’s fragilities in the face of health crises, disturbances to natural ecosystems and climate change.

It has also been a defining year for climate change action, although slightly interrupted by the pandemic. Five years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, we saw delays in the submission of some countries’ updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). However, we also saw that many decision-makers from the public and private sectors stepped up and committed to net-zero emissions by mid-century.

Last year was also the second year of operationalisation of the Technology Framework of the Paris Agreement, providing a structure through which to align the mandates and activities of the UNFCCC bodies under the Technology Mechanism (the Technology Executive Committee and the CTCN) with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Following the adoption of the Technology Framework, I am pleased to see that the CTCN has incorporated its goals and associated activities into its 2019–2022 Programme of Work and 2020 Annual Operating Plan. Over the past year, the CTCN has also successfully fostered enhanced collaboration with constituted bodies of the UNFCCC, including the TEC and operating entities of the Financial Mechanism such as the Global Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund and the Global Environment Facility. The CTCN also sought new partnerships with multilateral development banks and the private sector to support climate technology development and transfer at countries’ request.

The Advisory Board has actively supported the CTCN throughout the past year on resource mobilisation, identifying ways that countries can create low-carbon and more resilient societies through their post-COVID economic recovery plans, and joint work and online events with the TEC.

I am pleased to share the CTCN’s 2020 annual Progress Report, which documents the CTCN’s contribution to global climate action over the last year while giving us a sense of the roadmap ahead toward recovering better. The work of the CTCN is especially important now to support countries’ post-pandemic socioeconomic recovery as well as implementation of their commitments as outlined in the NDCs. We have a momentous opportunity before us to align these two important goals. The Advisory Board is committed to the CTCN as it supports this process.

Ping Zhong

advisory board members

Annex I Parties
  • Mr. Sergio La Motta Italy
  • Ms. Moa Forstorp Sweden
  • Ms. Orly Jacob Canada
  • Mr. Kenichi Wada Japan
  • Mr. Erwin Rose United States
  • Mr. Shiv Srikanth United States
  • Ms. Meropi Paneli European Union
  • Ms. Mette Møglestue Norway
  • Mr. Mykhailo Chyzhenko Ukraine
  • Ms. Sara Aagesen Muñoz Spain
Non-Annex I Parties
  • Mr. Joseph Amankwa Baffoe Ghana
  • Mr. Pedro Garcia Brito Dominican Republic (GRULAC)
  • Mr. Spencer Linus Thomas Grenada (GRULAC)
  • Ms. Maia Tskhvaradze Georgia (Eastern Europe)
  • Mr. Omedi Moses Jura Kenya (Africa)
  • Mr. Seogon Ko Republic of Korea (Asia-Pacific)
  • Mr. Ping Zhong China (Asia-Pacific)
  • Mr. Peter Yerima Tarfa Nigeria
Non-Government Members
  • Mr. Kazem Kashefi Adaptation Committee
  • Ms. Rose Mwebaza CTCN Director
  • Ms. Katya Kuang-Idba Global Environment Facility
  • Mr. Emerson Resende Green Climate Fund
  • Ms. Dinara Gershinkova Technology Executive Committee
  • Ms. Stella Gama Technology Executive Committee
  • Mr. Mareer Husny Technology Executive Committee
  • Mr. Stephen Minas Technology Executive Committee
  • Ms. Vicky Noens Standing Committee on Finance
Observer Organization Constituencies
  • Mr. Soumya Dutta Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs)
  • Mr. Henrique Schneider Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations (BINGOs)
  • Mr. Matthew Kennedy Business and Industry Non-Governmental Organizations (RINGOs)