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UNEP to host the new UNFCC Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Access to clean energy technologies could be a step closer for developing countries with the decision during COP 18 in Doha that the Climate Technology Centre created by the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun two years ago is to commence operations in 2013.

The Centre will operate in conjunction with an associated Network that will provide technical assistance and support to developing countries. The CTCN aims to stimulate technology cooperation and enhance the development and transfer of climate-sound technologies that support climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The CTC will be hosted and managed by UNEP in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and 11 leading technical organizations from both developing and developed countries.

Following the announcement in Doha, detailed planning has started for the CTCN, which will become operational in the first half of 2013.