On Thursday, 24 September 2020, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) convened an event to mark the end of the project that has been implemented in three phases. The event took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The “Project for Capacity Development to Accelerate Low Carbon and Resilient Society Realization in the Southeast Asia Region” supported the creation of the Climate Change International Technical and Training Centre (CITC). The CITC has developed training courses delivered to ASEAN Countries and even beyond. Speaking at the closing, a JICA representative observed that CITC was unique in that TGO had had the foresight to make this a regional rather than national asset as had been the case with the many projects supported by JICA in the region. Furthermore, other speakers noted that this was a triangular cooperation project which will now subsist as a South-South technical and training centre.
CITC has been collaborating with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, the Regional Office for Asia-Pacific since 2019. The documentation process on what the centre does and its future plan under the UNOSSC “South-South in Action” series is almost completed. The Chief Advisor to the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation, Mr. Koji Fukuda and the Director of CITC initiated the partnership during a visit to the UNOSSC offices. This partnership, which seals the standing of the CITC as one more global South asset, was highlighted and welcomed by the participants from the Thai Government, Japanese Embassy in Thailand, JICA, various government partners to TGO and International Organisations present.
Further information on CITC and its activities can be found at http://citc.in.th/index.php/en