Regional workshops kicked off round three

Round three of the TNA programme has gotten underway with regional workshops bringing together local partners, consultants and participating countries.

June 20, 2019

Another 23 countries have joined the TNA programme, and have participated in regional workshops held around the world.

This third round of TNAs has a special focus on least developed countries and small island developing states, and how technology can best help them in achieving their national targets set under the global Paris Agreement.

Throughout the spring of 2019, UNEP DTU Partnership, and our local partners have held regional workshops in Anglophone Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean and Francophone Africa to discuss TNA context, approach, process and the close link between TNAs and countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

Locally anchored

The TNA project is built on a bottom-up approach. Local consultants and a needs and demand driven approach ensures that the national technology priorities in the assessments will lead to overall development impacts as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.

One of the new partners is the University of South Pacific. Supported by 12 pacific island states, the university is in a unique position when it comes to supporting countries in analysing their local technology needs.

Another university, the University of the West Indies, also joins the TNA project for the first time, bringing in expertise from islands in the Caribbean region.

Along with ENDA Energie, the Energy Research Centre at University of Cape Town, Asian Institute for Technology and local consultants, the partners joined a kick-off session at UNEP DTU Partnership offices in UN City in Copenhagen in late June.

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