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Methodological and technological issues in technology transfer

International technology transfer to developing countries is increasingly driven by special provisions in international agreements. For instance, provisions on technology transfer form an important part in several multilateral environmental agreements. Article 4.5 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) asserts that developed countries "shall take all practicable steps to promote, facilitate and finance, as appropriate, the transfer of, or access to, environmentally sound technologies and know-how to other Parties, particularly developing country Parties, to enable them to implement the provisions of the Convention."

This special report, which was commissioned by the scientific advisory body attached to the UNFCCC addresses different policy and financial instruments to support the transfers of technologies to developing countries, and to some extent build capacities in those countries to absorb these technologies. It also provides case studies from a range of different sectors, including, among others: buildings, energy and transport.

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