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United Nations has chosen Denmark as the location for the new Climate & Technology Centre Network (CTCN)

28.05.2013  12:02

United Nations has chosen Denmark as the location for the new Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

The location of UN's new Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) in the UN-City in Copenhagen is an achievement.

The CTCN shall support developing countries in using the best technologies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The UN Summit in Doha 2012 selected the United Nation's Environment Programme (UNEP) as host for the Centre, and UNEP decided to place the Centre in Copenhagen. The Minister for Development Co-operation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, has been in the lead of the Danish Government's efforts to get the CTCN to Denmark.

"The location of CTCN in the new UN-City is a landmark for Denmark. Denmark has strongly supported the establishment of the CTCN, and by placing the Centre in Copenhagen we are in the best possible situation to contribute to mitigation against and adaptation to climate change in developing countries. It will give Denmark a unique platform to promote green growth and may also benefit Danish science and commercial interest," says Mr. Christian Friis Bach.

UNEP has already concentrated a great deal of its energy activities with the UNEP Risøe Centre at the Technical University of Denmark. Moreover the Danish Government is working towards the creation of a hub for energy efficiency under the initiative of the UN Secretary General, "Sustainable Energy for All", also to be located in the UN-City in Copenhagen.

"The Climate Technology Centre matches perfectly with Denmark's policy and unique competencies in the field of climate and energy. If we are to stop climate change, it is important to assist developing countries to find the best technical solutions. The CTCN's work is very important, and I am proud that the Centre will be located in Denmark," says the Minister for Climate, Energy, and Buildings, Mr. Martin Lidegaard.

The Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, is convinced that the UN-City in Copenhagen is a worthy host of the UNEP-led Climate Technology Centre, and says: "Denmark is a trend-setter for new standards for resource-efficient buildings, the country is among the world leaders in clean energy, and the centre has been made possible by strong political and financial support from the Danish Government."