UN Regional Collaboration Centres to Drive Climate Action
Driving investment and tracking progress in climate action will be a major focus of work in the five UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centres (RCCs) in 2018, attendees at the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn heard last week.
Among the work, the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA) project, operated out of the RCCs, will support market instruments capable of driving action at the national level while laying the foundation for possible international cooperative climate action, explained Nicolas Muller, Associate Programme Officer at UN Climate Change.
UN Climate Change established five RCCs with prominent partners to promote the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) on the ground in Lomé, Togo, for West Africa; Kampala, Uganda, for East Africa; Bangkok, Thailand, for Asia and the Pacific; Panama City, Panama, for Latin America; and St. George’s, Grenada, serving the Caribbean. With the CDM, at their core, the RCCs now support a broad range to global climate action for implementing the Paris Agreement.
At the COP23 event, held on 13 November, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, and Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, of UN Climate Change, signed a two-year extension, to 2020, of the RCC Bangkok partnership and hosting agreement.
"RCC Bangkok will continue to support [. . .] robust implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Nationally Determined Contributions through regional research and activities on market mechanisms, climate finance, and enhanced capacity in tracking progress of NDCs."
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES, Japan.
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