Implementing the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism and the 5 ‘Ps’: Progress, Practicalities, Priorities, Pathways and the Public Sector


Dr Karen M. Sullivan
Spectrum Intellectual Property Solutions Ltd.,
Taymar House, Flocklones,
Dundee, DD2 5LE. Angus,
Scotland, UK


For almost fifty years, international agreements have recognised the importance of technology transfer from developed to developing countries as part of global endeavours to protect the environment. As the international community work together to try and limit the impact of climate change on the human environment, via mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of their elevated concentration, technology transfer of so called climate technologies is a major pillar of global aspirations to limit climate change and it’s associated consequences. The UNFCCC provides the framework for such global co-operation and the Technology Mechanism in particular is the entity expected to increase the development, transfer and international adoption and diffusion of technologies in order to achieve such aspirations. This aim of this article has been to evaluate the performance of the CTCN, the operational arm of the Technology Mechanism, to date, and assess whether it’s mandate and operations have integrated the wealth of pre-existing know how on international technology transfer, and in so doing’ to assess its potential to deliver the scale of impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation required to meet the needs of those most affected. In reviewing the progress and practicalities of implementation, the degree of willingness to prioritise and focus on the development of successful, high impact innovation pathways and to deliver an appropriate level of public sector engagement, this article finds there that CTCN needs to undergo significant changes in scale, focus and operating model in order to deliver levels of international technology transfer that will make a significant contribution to limiting climate change.


Climate change, private sector, technology mechanism, technology transfer, UNFCCC.             Revue LEAD - ISSN 1746-5893