the webcast of the side event.
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
(ICTSD) held a side event on recent developments in relation
to climate change, technology transfer and IPRs and the way
forward, in the context of the UNFCCC climate change meetings
that took place concurrently in Bonn (11-12 June).
Transfer and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies
(EST), in particular to developing countries, is a key element
of any effective international response to the global climate
change challenge and one of the pillars of the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Discussions on transfer of technology, and IPRs in particular,
reflect the urgent need for further evidence based analysis
to inform current negotiations.
In this regard, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre
for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) have decided to
undertake a joint study on patents and clean technologies to
address this need.
The objectives and the main components of the study were presented
at the side event as well as the preliminary results of the
patent landscape prepared in its framework.
The side event sought to present different opinions and perspectives
on technology transfer and IPRS and on the means to achieve
progress on these issues, on the road to Copenhagen, in a manner
which contributes to the wide diffusion of climate change technologies
to developing countries.
The side event is part of ICTSDs Global Platform on Climate
Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy which is specifically aimed
at contributing to effective international cooperation towards
addressing climate change, by advancing analytical capacity
of stakeholders and their interaction with policy makers such
that effective solutions can be built and agreed by the international
community at the Copenhagen COP-15, in December 2009.