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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

COP-15 establishes Technology Mechanism


The Heads of State and government, brought to a close the two weeks of meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC)2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark with a decision to establish a Technology Mechanism to accelerate technology development and transfer in support of plans to mitigate global warming.

The leaders in the Copenhagen Accord at the conference tagged (COP-15), a copy of which was made available to ICTRealms Online, showed that the accord released on December 18, stated in part 11 that the decision was in order to practically enhance actions on development and transfer of technology.

They also said that the setting up of Technology Mechanism is in support of action on adaptation and mitigation that will be guided by a country-driven approach and be based on national circumstances and priorities.

Equally, the Heads of state and government said they decided on Copenhagen Green Climate Fund to make the establishment of the Technology Mechanism and likes a reality.

“We decide that the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund shall be established as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the Convention to support projects, programme, policies and other activities in developing countries related to mitigation including REDD-plus, adaptation, capacity-building, technology development and transfer,” part of the accord read.

The Conference of the parties, ICTRealms Online took note of the fact that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of this era, emphasizing their strong political will to urgently combat climate change in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

To achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level, they pointed out the need to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

“We shall, recognizing the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below 2 degrees Celsius, on the basis of equity and in the context of sustainable development, enhance our long-term cooperative action to combat climate change,” they said.

Additionally, they recognized the critical impacts of climate change and potential impacts of response measures on countries particularly vulnerable to its adverse effects and stress the need to establish a comprehensive adaptation programme including international support.

They further agreed that deep cuts in global emissions are required according to science, and as documented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report with a view to reducing global emissions, so as to hold the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, and take action to meet this objective consistent with science and on the basis of equity.

“We should cooperate in achieving the peaking of global and national emissions as soon as possible, recognizing that the time frame for peaking will be longer in developing countries and bearing in mind that social and economic development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of developing countries and that a low-emission development strategy is indispensable to sustainable development,” he said.


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