Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal, Canada, 27-29 September 2004
The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at its nineteenth session, endorsed the programme of work of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) for 2004. This programme of work includes a new area of work related to innovative financing for the development and transfer of technologies. At the same session, the SBSTA requested the secretariat to organize a workshop on innovative options for financing the development and transfer of technologies, taking into consideration terms of reference recommended by the EGTT, and to report on the findings of the workshop to the SBSTA at its twenty-first session. The SBSTA, at its twentieth session, endorsed the recommendation of the EGTT that the workshop on innovative options for financing the development and transfer of technologies should have a practical focus, utilizing to the greatest extent possible actual innovative financing situations and experiences. The workshop should also be built around a series of case studies encompassing the experience of a range of stakeholders and stages of technology and market development, including assessments of the ability of various innovative options for financing arrangements to meet the needs identified during technology needs assessments.