Category Archive: Technology

The Green Climate Fund: Expectations and the Emerging Picture

Expectations and Objectives of the GCF are creeping apart

In advance of COP 17, the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) Transitional Committee (TC) have passed the Parties a report, recommending it “take note” of the report’s findings. It is worth analysing this report since it  brings in to clearer focus the contrast between the expectations that some have for the fund – largely the private sector …

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UNFCCC conference kicks off in Bonn

UNFCCC Bonn - June 2011

The UN Climate Change Conference kicks off this week in Bonn, Germany as governments continue framework discussions in preparation for the Seventeenth Conference of Parties (COP17) to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year. Over three thousand participants representing 183 countries are attending the conference in Bonn from June 6-17, …

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Technological approaches to climate change – feasible solutions or short-term techno-fixes?

(Image by: Intellectual Ventures)

Opinion Piece by Guest Contributor: Alex Bexon Over recent years, conventional approaches to tackling climate change have typically centred on international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the drive to develop and use alternative and renewable energy technologies, and global environmental organisations, such as WWF and Greenpeace, encouraging us to lead more sustainable and environmentally-conscious …

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Cancun Agreements on Technology Transfer

MSU solar refrigerator being installed during a Spring 2009 Workshop in Guatemala. Hosted by ATC at AIDG in Xela. (Image by: jsbarrie)

Article by Guest Contributor: Veronika Shirokova COP16 saw a modest advancement in negotiations on Technology Transfer, guided by a framework established during an earlier meeting in New Delhi. Participants agreed upon the preliminary structure of a Technology Mechanism, creating a Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and a Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The TEC will …

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Advancing Technology Transfer: Report on New Delhi Meeting

Spate irrigation, an example of an adaptation technology (Image by: The AgriCultures Network)

Article by Guest Contributor: Veronika Shirokova On November 9th and 10th, representatives from 35 countries and various UN organizations met in New Delhi to discuss the establishment of a new Technology Mechanism, based on the recommendations of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT). The new Technology Mechanism includes the creation of two key bodies: a …

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Bonn Climate Talks: Paving the way to Cancun

Delegates progress discussions at the UNFCCC's Bonn Climate Talks

Authors: Sabrina Chesterman & Nyla Sarwar. As the climate talks gain pace in Bonn, progress is being made on a new text, designed to resurrect chances of a global agreement in Cancun in December. Many, including outgoing UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, are still hesitant about Cancun being able to achieve a deal, which was originally supposed …

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Technology transfer side event discusses the challenges of implementation


Author: Dafydd Elis On Wednesday at COP15, a side event packed with high-profile representatives of intergovernmental agencies and national governments discussed the prospects for technology transfer over the coming decades. The session was opened by the chair, UN-DESA‘s Sha Zukang. He outlined a vision for technology transfer in three parts. The issues First, he said, …

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