Mitigating Climate Change Through Technology Transfer: Addressing the needs of Developing Countries

October 30, 2008 | 00:00

Mitigating climate change through technology transfer: Addressing the needs of developing countries

Provisions for the transfer of technology will be at the heart of any significant international agreement to decrease the production of greenhouse gases (GHG) by developing nations.

The Bali 'Road Map' agreed in December 2007 by the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, makes technology one of its pillars, and calls for 'enhanced action on technology development and transfer,' to be provided 'in a measurable, reportable, and verifiable manner.'

This reflects a political reality: developing nations are unlikely to accept any form of commitment to control GHG emissions without a reciprocal commitment by developed nations to assist in providing the technologies needed to help reduce these emissions and to facilitate economic development in a climate-conserving manner.

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