What is a NDE?

The Conference of the Parties, at its 18th session, invited Parties to nominate their national designated entities (NDEs) for the development and transfer of technologies, pursuant to decision 2/CP.17, annex VII, and decision 4/CP.13, paragraph 8, in order to facilitate the operationalization of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). NDEs will serve as national entities for the development and transfer of technologies and act as focal points for interacting with the Climate Technology Centre regarding requests from developing country Parties about their technology needs.

The National Designated Entity

The NDE is the body granted responsibility by a Party to manage technology related requests to the CTCN. The COP decisions provide only limited guidance on the role of the NDEs or the requirements for establishing an NDE. These issues are instead left to the Party to determine. Please see below for information on NDE roles and responsibilities
Establishment of a NDE is a necessary step for participation by a Party in the CTCN process.
The NDEs in developing countries will play a fundamental role in ensuring that requests submitted to the CTCN reflect national circumstances and priorities. NDEs will also ensure that support provided by the CTCN is well coordinated at the national level with other processes that address climate change, including ensuring engagement of relevant ministries, focal points for other UNFCCC mechanisms, the private sector, civil society, and academia as relevant.

NDE Roles and Responsibilities

The NDEs facilitate the support to their countries from the CTCN by:

  • Serving as National Focal Point on CTCN activities.
  • Supporting the articulation and prioritization of requests and proposals.
  • Managing the national submission process of technical assistance requests to the CTCN

View a list of NDEs by country.

For more information on NDE Roles and Responsibilities click here.