In decision 4/CP.4 Parties to the UNFCCC raised several questions (see Box
1.1 in Chapter 1) pertaining to the amount of technology
being transferred that is consistent with Convention objectives, namely:
- Can specific technology transfer goals be set?
- Can we develop conditions and accounting systems to track progress on technology
- Are particular institutional arrangements needed to monitor progress?
This chapter examines broad trends in technology transfer relevant to these
questions. It looks at resource flows related in part to international technology
transfer efforts or initiatives, and is best seen as setting the context for
the remaining chapters in the Report. Knowing something about levels of different
technology transfer efforts and how they have been changing, both in absolute
magnitude and relative to one another, is important to any discussion about
what approaches might be more effective in meeting the challenges of global