Technology Needs Assessment (phase III)

Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) are a set of country-driven activities that identify the climate change mitigation and adaptation technology priorities of partner countries, and work towards producing a pipeline of investment projects

UN Environment and UNEP DTU, with financing from the Global Environment Facility, is implementing a third phase of TNAs, involving 23 countries (2018-2020). This new phase focuses mostly on supporting Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing states. The overall objective is to go beyond identifying technology needs narrowly, work towards investment. TNAs also present a unique opportunity for countries to track their needs for new equipment, techniques, services, capacities and skills necessary to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

In particular, the TNAs lead to the development of national Technology Action Plans (TAPs) that prioritize technologies, recommend enabling frameworks for the diffusion of these technologies and facilitate identification of good technology transfer projects and their links to relevant financing sources. The TAPs systematically address practical actions necessary to reduce or remove policy, finance and technology related barriers.

For the implementation of the project, UNEP DTU Partnership works with regional centers in each of the regions (Latin America & Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia & Pacific) to support countries during the Technology Needs Assessment process and to create a greater awareness about technology needs of the countries at the regional level. The regional centers, in close collaboration with UNEP DTU Partnership, are instrumental in providing technical support to the national Technology Needs Assessment teams. Finally, the Technology Needs Assessments Project is implemented in close collaboration with the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, being the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network.

17 Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States are expected to join a fourth round of TNAs starting in mid-2020.

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Focus area: Climate Planning and Policy, Technology assessment, transfer, implementation and uptake

Country / Region: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Dominica, Eritrea, Fiji, Guinea, Haiti, Jamaica, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nauru, Niger, São Tomé and Príncipe, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Vanuatu

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Countries assisted in 3 phases


Countries that have submitted their TAPs


Countries in Phase 3


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