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Under the Convention, the developed country Parties and other developed Parties included in Annex II shall take all practicable steps to promote, facilitate and finance, as appropriate, the transfer of, or access to, environmentally sound technologies and know-how to other Parties, particularly to developing countries to enable them to implement the provisions of the Convention (Article 4.5). This commitment is echoed in similar provisions under the Kyoto Protocol (Article 10 c). Parties have taken decisions to promote the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies at each session of the COP.

UNFCCC webpages on technology include information and links to the:

  • Technology Mechanism. The Technology Mechanism has the objective of facilitating the implementation of enhanced action on technology development and transfer in order to support action on mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The Technology Mechanism consists of a:
  • Technology Transfer Framework. As part of the Marrakesh Accords, at COP 7, Parties agreed to work together on a set of technology transfer activities, grouped under a framework for meaningful and effective actions to enhance the implementation of Article 4.5 of the Convention.
  • Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer. The COP, by decision pdf-icon 2/CP.14, welcomed the Poznan strategic programme on technology transfer as a step towards scaling up the level of investment in technology transfer in order to help developing countries address their needs for environmentally sound technologies.



Recent developments
 

Development and Transfer of Technology

With the Technology Mechanism fully operational, the COP, at Warsaw, adopted the modalities and procedures of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), thus ensuring that in 2014 the CTCN would be ready to receive requests for support from developing country Parties. Since COP 19, the secretariat has now received more than 50 nominations by Parties of their national designated entities (NDEs), which will act as national focal points to the CTCN.

Technology Executive Committee (TEC)

Parties, at Warsaw, considered the joint annual report of the TEC-CTCN submitted to COP 19, which, inter alia, included information on the activities and performance of the TEC in 2013 and key messages for COP 19. The key messages of the TEC were on issues related to technology needs assessments, technology roadmaps, the importance of NDEs and collaborative research, development and demonstration. The COP requested the subsidiary bodies to continue consideration of this joint report at their fortieth sessions.

Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

COP 19 adopted the modalities and procedures of the CTCN and the rules of procedure of the Advisory Board of the CTCN, paving the way for the CTCN to receive requests for support from developing country Parties in 2014.

Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer

pdf-icon SBI 39 welcomed the financial and technical support that the GEF will provide to 24 non-Annex I Parties for conducting or updating their technology needs assessments. It invited the GEF to continue to consult with the CTCN, through its Advisory Board and UNEP as the host of the Climate Technology Centre, on the support that the GEF will provide for the work of the CTCN and to report on the concrete results of the consultations at SBI 40.

Updated 23 January 2014
TT:CLEAR
Technology Transfer Information Clearinghouse
 
Key decisions

pdf-icon Decision 1/CP.18
Agreed outcome pursuant to the Bali Action Plan: Enhanced action on technology development and transfer to support action on mitigation and adaptation, para 58-62

pdf-icon Decision 13/CP.18
Report of the Technology Executive Committee 

pdf-icon Decision 14/CP.18
Arrangements to make the Climate Technology Centre and Network fully operational

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Latest documents
Joint annual report of the Technology Executive Committee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network for 2013
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Third synthesis report on technology needs identified by Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention
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