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The Korean Government to Become a Permanent member of CTCN (December 17)

- In recognition of its efforts, Korea becomes a permanent member of CTCN

With the advancement of the Korean government as a permanent member of CTCN, the Director General of the Basic and Source Technology R&D Policy at MSIT will participate in Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN) as a director for two years.

The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the Green Technology Center (GTC) were designated as the National Designated Entities (NDE) and the member institutions of the CTCN which made the biggest contribution in addressing climate change.

MSIT and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed an MOU that agrees on mutual cooperation for climate technology to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon economy.

MSIT announced at the UNFCCC COP24 that Korea has succeeded in becoming a permanent member of CTCN.

* Climate Technology Center&Network is an international agency that supports technical international cooperation with the aim of addressing climate change in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The council of CTCN is a consultative body that deliberates and evaluates personnel, budget, organizational work, and technical support for climate change and the Director General of the Basic and Source Technology R&D Policy at MSIT will work as a director for the two years from 2019 to 2020.

Through the council activities, Korea will contribute to the formulation of the R&D support policy of CTCN based on Korea’s expertise in R&D as well as expand opportunities for domestic climate industry to tap into overseas markets through climate technology cooperation.

The Korea’s entry into the CTCN council reflects our commitment to contributing to global climate change in the global community through climate technology cooperation.

Korea is a donor country of CTCN and has the largest number of member institutions (58 out of 465) in the world. In addition, Korea has transferred domestic climate technology in energy and water resources to Bangladesh, Kenya, and Sri Lanka through CTCN.

In particular, marking the 5th anniversary of the establishment of CTCN secretariat, CTCN has chosen MSIT and GTC which made the biggest contribution to responding to climate change as NDE and member institutions, respectively and awarded a certificate at the COP24.

* National Designated Entity (NDE) is a window of each country that is in charge of communication and cooperation in relation to the development of climate technology in accordance with the UNFCCC.

In the meanwhile, MSIT signed an MOU with the UNEP which is an operational agency of CTCN on December 11th with the aim of expanding further cooperation and solidifying the partnership with CTCN.

Assistant Secretary-General Satya Tripathi attended the signing ceremony of the MOU on behalf of the UNEP.

The two sides agreed to mutually cooperate in creating innovative business models for climate technology to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon economy based on the linkages between CTCN and GCF as well as technical cooperation through CTCN.

Director General Go Seo-gon of the Basic and Source Technology R&D Policy at MSIT stated that “Korea has become a leading country in climate technology cooperation in the world”, and added that “we will spread the excellent Korea’s climate technology to the world and enlarge cooperation with advanced and developing nations so that the domestic climate industry can tap into overseas markets.”

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