Beijing High-Level Conference Calls for Improved Technology Transfers to Tackle Climate Change

8 November 2008: The high-level conference on “Climate

Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer,” which took place in

Beijing, China, from 7-8 November 2008, was co-hosted by the UN Department of

Economic and Social Affairs, and supported by the UN Foundation.

The event

brought together over 600 participants including 30 ministerial officials and

four UN agency heads, and aimed to promote international technology development

and transfer, as well as the negotiation process of the “Bali Roadmap.” In

particular, the Conference focused on: the current status and development

potential of energy and other climate-related technologies; the current status

and trends in technology transfer; barriers to technology transfer; and policy

options and possible new mechanisms to enhance international cooperation and

technology transfer to developing countries under the UNFCCC. In a message

delivered by Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social

Affairs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said actions by the international

community in the months ahead will determine whether “we will truly rise to the

challenge” of climate change or “bequeath to succeeding generations a problem

growing ever more dire.”

Noting that the food, oil, and financial crises

threaten to undermine progress in tackling global warming, he noted the

benefits of clean technologies, emphasizing that increased funding for clean

technology is required, given the expected surge in global energy demand by

over 50% by 2030. Ban highlighted the advantages of investment in clean

technology investments, including environmental protection and economic

development. At the end of the Conference, participants adopted the Beijing

Declaration, calling for strengthened international cooperation and improved

technology transfer to tackle climate change.

Another outcome of the Conference

is a Chair's Summary for input to the 14th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC

to be held in Poznan, Poland, in December 2008. [Conference

Aide-Mémoire] [Beijing High

Level Conference on Climate Change] [UN Secretary-General's Statement]