The objective of the dialogue is to examine, in an informal
setting, the main options and proposals raised in the climate
change negotiations on technology development and transfer as
well as to identify the main issues and gaps that need further
discussion and elaboration in the post Copenhagen period, in
order to reach an effective international framework for enhancing
the diffusion of climate change technologies to developing countries.
Promoting the rapid introduction and adoption of climate-friendly
technologies is critical to enhancing broader efforts to curb
greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, enhancing the transfer
of technologies required for the mitigation and adaptation of
climate change by developing countries is considered an essential
element of any new climate change deal.
Climate change negotiations reflect the complexity of the issues
relating to technology development and transfer. They also reflect
significant divergences on different aspects discussed (institutional
and operational) as well as on related topics such as intellectual
property, trade, and financing. In the climate change context,
there is still significant uncertainty as to the best manner
in which to provide effective mechanisms and incentives for
the transfer of clean technologies, as well as the barriers
that need to be overcome.
Nevertheless, in recent weeks, a number of elements have emerged
from the preparatory meetings which could be part of a growing
consensus on a technology package. These include:
drawing lessons from existing partnerships and arrangements,
technology action plans, regional centers for technology and
innovation, the need to devote greater attention to climate
change technologies for adaptation. Many aspects of these different
elements still need to be worked out. Intellectual Property
Rights (IPRs) remain the most controversial issue in the technology
transfer discussion given the continued wide gap in positions.
The dialogue will examine these elements and issues in order
to identify gaps and priorities with a view towards generating
solutions-focused and policy-oriented outcomes to promote the
transfer of climate-related technology.
Since the UNFCCC Bali meeting, ICTSD has expanded its activities
of research, analysis, and multi-stakeholder engagement to increase
understanding and enhance dialogue on transfer of climate change
technology, particularly through its Climate Change Technology
and Trade Initiative. Research and dialogues carried out in
this area will be presented with a viewtowards enriching the
discussions and advancing the policy dialogue.