Side event: What are the technology needs of developing countries? An update on technology needs assessments


Bonn Climate Change Conference June 2014 (SB 40)
Time and location: 6 June 2014, 18.30-20.00, room Solar


The side event on technology needs assessments (TNAs) provided stakeholders with the opportunity to highlight good practices for undertaking TNAs and to identify ways to implement the results of the TNAs. The side event also provided information on: the findings of the third synthesis report on technology needs identified by non-Annex I Parties; experiences and lessons learned from the Global TNA project; experiences with national TNA projects; and country experiences by conducting, reporting and implementing TNAs.

The representative of the UNFCCC presented the main finding of the third synthesis report on TNAs, including the numerous project ideas reported by Parties in their TNAs and options to implement them. The representative of UNEP informed on their experiences and lessons learned from the Global TNA project, including the need for improving guidelines for stakeholder identification and involvement. The representative of the GEF provided an overview of national TNA projects supported outside the Global TNA project. He also introduced some key elements for project success, including the ability to provide financial means for technology action plans (TAPs)  and the need to identify how TNAs and TAPs can become part of the mainstream national development strategy process. The national TNA coordinator from Argentina highlighted some of the challenges faced, including the importance of linking the TNA results with other implementation-oriented processes such as NAMAs and NAPs.


TNAs are a set of country-driven activities that identify and determine the mitigation and adaptation technology priorities of developing country Parties. They include TAP and project ideas, which are concrete actions for the implementation of the identified technologies. TNAs and TAPs involve multiple stakeholders in a consultative process to identify the barriers to technology transfer and measures to address these barriers through sectorial analyses.