TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Sept11/02)
Technology committee concludes meeting
Geneva, 5 Sep (Meena Raman) -- The first and last meeting for the year of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded in Bonn, Germany on 3 September, with a compromise reached between developed and developing countries that the chair and vice-chair of the Committee "will collaborate in chairing the meetings and in executing the work of the Committee so as to ensure coherence between the meetings."
Based on this collaborative arrangement, members
agreed to the appointment of Mr Gabriel Blanco of
This compromise was reached following an intense tussle and exchange between members over whether the chair of the Committee should be from a developed or developing country. (See TWN Info. Service on Climate Change, Sept11/01 dated 2 September 2011.)
Developed countries had initially wanted the chair of the TEC to be from an Annex 1 country, while developing countries wanted a member from a non-Annex 1 country to lead the Committee.
This issue threatened to derail progress in the discussions, with one senior member from a developing country expressing disappointment during the meeting that it seemed that developed countries did not regard developing country members as having the competence to lead the TEC.
While being consistent with the decision adopted in Cancun, Mexico at the meeting of the 16th Conference of Parties for the TEC to "elect annually a chair and a vice-chair from among its members for a term of one year each, with one being a member from an Annex 1 Party and the other being a member from a non-Annex 1 Party," the agreement reached in Bonn reflected what Mr. Jukka Uosukanien of Finland described as "confirming the spirit of how we are working", which in effect was a co-chairing arrangement.
It was also agreed that after the completion of the term of the chair (for 1 year), the chair will be nominated as vice-chair and vice-versa and after the two year cycle is complete, the TEC will put forward two new nominees, unless otherwise decided.
The meeting also made progress on elaborating the modalities and procedures of the Committee, which will be subject to final review by electronic means among members of the TEC in the coming weeks prior to it being presented and considered at COP17 in Durban, South Africa, later this year.
Six main elements of the modalities were agreed to for elaboration based on the functions of the TEC: analysis and synthesis; policy recommendations; facilitation and catalyzing; linkage with institutional arrangements under the Convention; engagement with stakeholders; and information and knowledge sharing.
Among some of the main issues that saw an intense exchange were the issue of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and the relationship of the TEC to the Climate Technology Centre (CTCN).
On the issue of IPRs, Mr. Kanat Baigarin of
Mr. Can Wang of
He said that no one could say that IPRs are not a barrier. It was an issue that needed to be addressed by the TEC, as this was the body to discuss policy recommendations.
Mr. Rick Duke of the
Mr. Antonio Pfluger of
In response, Mr. Nagmeldin El Hassan of
Mr. Niyazi Ilter of
Mr. Brendan Morling of
Uosukainen of Finland said that the
He said that as a TEC member, Parties should be able to talk about policy, finance and the CTCN. The TEC should be looking at what the CTCN is doing and what money is going to technology, as it was the role of the TEC to provide guidance and advice.
He said that the TEC has no money, while he expects the CTCN to have money and dedicated experts to respond to the requests of countries for advice.
Following the discussions, it was agreed that the document on the modalities and procedures of the TEC will be reviewed by members via electronic means and that there would be no further meetings this year.
The meeting ended with the hope that the TEC would be able to meet early next year to advance further work.+