VIRTUAL NATIONS AND NETWORKS | The United Nations’ Climate Change Secretariat has asked its member countries to appoint ‘national designated entities’ (NDEs) to be their nodes in the global ‘climate technology network’ that it is starting to help accelerate solutions to environmental challenges.

Deadline for nominations is 29 March 2013.

The new network will be managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on behalf of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) – which supervises the annual post-Kyoto climate change conferences and climate change solutions statements and targets.

Formally announced at the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference, the network is intended to ‘stimulate technology cooperation, enhance the development and transfer of technologies and to assist developing countries at their request in order to build or strengthen their capacity to identify technology needs.

‘This is undertaken to facilitate the preparation and implementation of technology projects and strategies to support action on mitigation and adaptation and enhance low emissions and climate-resilient development.’