A climate technology centre is ready to assist developing countriesListen /
A centre to provide climate technology to developing countries is now officially open for business in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Warsaw, Poland.
One of the core functions of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is to manage and respond to requests from developing countries.
UNEP says the CTCN aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to changing weather patterns, drought, soil erosion and other impacts of climate change in developing nations.
This goal, the agency adds, will be achieved by assisting developing countries to make informed decisions about mitigation and adaptation technologies that suit their needs.
According to UNEP, as of this month, 35 countries, 24 of them in the developing world, have nominated their National Designated Entities that will submit requests to the CTCN.
It says this demonstrates that interest is already strong and uptake of the centre's services is expected to be high.
UNEP points out that to prepare these entities for their roles, the CTCN will, over the next five months, conduct a series of regional training sessions, starting in Thailand in December.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.