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Coming to Agreement on Technology in the Countdown to Copenhagen

Technology is one of the four “pillars” of a post-
2012 climate policy laid out in the Bali Action Plan
(BAP). In practice a multilateral climate agreement
will not be the primary driver of clean technology
development, deployment, and transfer. But given
the central importance of this issue in the BAP, the
provisions for technology in the evolving climate
agreement will have a major bearing on the success
of negotiations. Designed correctly, they may also
play an important complementary role in facilitating the adoption of clean technologies.

Executive Summary

This paper reviews Party submissions to the UNFCCC and identifies emerging areas of consensus and debate that may offer constructive grounds for negotiations going forward. The paper explores how an international agreement might facilitate and encourage a range of technology cooperation efforts by channeling funding, providing a forum for capacity building and learning exchange, and creating a framework for measuring, reporting, and verifying support and actions.

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