The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
(ICTSD) is pleased to invite you to a Dialogue on Climate Change,
Transfer of Technology, and Intellectual Property rights (IPRs)
on 27th March 2009, (13-15-14h45), Room B, World Intellectual
Property Organization (WIPO), 34, Chemin des Colombettes, Geneva,
The objective of the dialogue is to contribute to a better understanding
of issues relating to climate change, transfer of technology
and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in perspective of the
meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
in Copenhagen this year, which will examine a global response
to the climate change crisis for 2012 and beyond.
The magnitude of the climate change crisis, and the key role
of environmentally sound technologies (EST) in addressing it,
have spurred efforts for more effective and vigorous action
in the area of transfer of technology, one of the cornerstones
of the UNFCCC regime and a key element of any new climate change
In this regard, the Bali Plan of Action called for: Enhanced
action on technology development and transfer to support action
on mitigation and adaptation, including, inter alia, consideration
of: (i) Effective mechanisms and enhanced means for the removal
of obstacles to, and provision of financial and other incentives
for, scaling up of the development and transfer of technology
to developing country Parties in order to promote access to
affordable environmentally sound technologies;
In the UNFCCC discussions since Bali and more recently at Poznan,
the role of IPRs in transfer of technology has been the subject
of increased attention by different stakeholders such as governments,
international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
At the same time, there is a significant need for evidence based
analysis to adequately inform policy and action in this area.
In this context, and building on previous research in this area,
ICTSD invited a number of distinguished scholars and experts
to present analysis and research which would contribute toward
a better understanding of issues in relation to climate change,
transfer of technology and IPRs with a view towards achieving
a wider diffusion of EST.
WIPOs Standing Committee on Patents (SCP) offered a timely
opportunity to present such analysis and research to an informed
audience of policy makers, negotiators and experts knowledgeable
on IP matters.
The interventions were followed by an exchange of views with