By RTCC staff
Developing countries must come together to ensure technology transfer and intellectual property rights (IPR) receive adequate attention in Durban, according to the Indian Environment Minister.
Jayanthi Natarajan called for an IPR framework that enabled the flow of technologies to countries with pressing mitigation and adaptation needs.
The country, through its membership of the BASIC negotiating bloc, has lobbied for IPR to feature on the provisional agenda for the COP17 talks in Durban next week.
“The G77 and China must speak with one voice. Our effort is to restore the issues in Durban,” said Natarajan adding that the discussions about the technology mechanism in Cancun “were not discussed properly…in the rush to reach a decision”.
The BASIC ministers’ statement repeats this call highlighting “the need to address the IPR issue properly and the early operation of the technology mechanism to advance climate-friendly technology transfer to developing countries”.
It also calls for clarity on the relationship between the technology mechanism and sources of funding. The BASIC statement demands that developed countries should fulfil their financing commitment of $30 billion, as detailed in Cancun.
They also press for a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.