UNFCCC Holds Expert Workshop on the Technology Mechanism

5 April 2011: Further to the request of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC at its 16th session (COP 16) in December 2010, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) has organized an expert workshop on the new Technology Mechanism established by COP 16.

The workshop, held from 4-5 April 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand, was convened to, inter alia, deepen understanding among parties on how to operationalize the Technology Mechanism to support the implementation of the UNFCCC Cancun Agreements. During the workshop, participants presented their ideas and exchanged views on how to operationalize the Mechanisms by 2012. They considered the design of a fully operational Technology Mechanism, including the Mechanism's operational modalities and the governance structure, terms of reference, selection process and criteria for evaluation of the Climate Technology Centre and Network.

Participants discussed ideas and proposals from parties, together with experiences and lessons learned from relevant existing technology centres and networks. In addition, participants considered linkages within the Technology Mechanism and with other institutional arrangements. Participants also highlighted that it was necessary to have a clear roadmap on the way to COP 17, to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011, that would enable a decision to make the Technology Mechanism fully operational in 2012. [Workshop Information Note] [Workshop Agenda] [Workshop Facilitator Oral Report]