Long-Term Implementation of the Poznan Strategic Program

Progress achieved under the Poznan Strategic Program on Technology Transfer, particularly in the development of pilot projects and Technology Needs Assessment (TNAs), has highlighted the need to go beyond current practices to catalyze investments in technology transfer.

At the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parties requested the GEF to consider the long-term implementation of the strategic program. (Decision 2/CP.14 of the COP to the UNFCCC) The GEF Secretariat has established the following elements to further scale up investment in Environmental Science and Technology (ESTs) in developing countries and to enhance technology transfer activities under the Convention.

1. Support for Climate Technology Centers and a Climate Technology Network

The GEF is supporting four regional projects for Climate Technology Transfer and Financing Centers. They are expected to generate lessons learned to help inform the ongoing process to operationalize the Technology Mechanism, in particular the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN), in conjunction with other efforts underway to facilitate coordination and cooperation.

At the national level, the GEFL is also supporting the initiatives aiming at developing climate technology transfer and financing mechanism with potential links to the CTCN.

2. Piloting Priority Technology Projects to Foster Innovation and Investments

In March 2009, a call for proposals launched by the GEF for technology transfer pilot projects under the Poznan Strategic Program led to the selection of 14 proposals. Eleven of these projects are now under implementation. Beyond this call for proposal, the GEF-5 climate change portfolio is characterized as supporting, for its most part, technology transfer for mitigation. In GEF-5, the GEF has supported 221 projects with technology transfer objectives with $1.5 billion of GEF funding and $11.1 billion of co-financing.

3. Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Technology Transfer

PPP Programs aims to support businesses that seek to commercialize or scale-up ESTs in developing countries. The GEF Council approved the private sector strategy in November 2011. The GEF Secretariat has developed operational modalities for the private sector engagement. One or more PPP Program proposals are expected to be presented in June 2012.

4. Technology Needs Assessment (TNAs)

The GEF has supported the development of TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs) in 36 developing countries through a project approved by the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council in April 2009. The GEF Council later approved in April 2013 a new project by UNEP supporting additional TNAs and TAPs focusing on 27 low- and medium-income countries. In addition, the GEF Council has approved several national projects incorporating TNA support activities in initiatives otherwise focused on the preparation of National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Update Reports (BURs).

5. GEF as a Catalytic Supporting Institution for Technology Transfer

GEF participated in key international discussions to support the development of technology transfer initiatives.

GEF reports its progress on the implementation of the Poznan Strategic Program to the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). Further information on the progress report to the SBI. The total funding level in line with the Long-Term Program on Technology Transfer reaches US$ 1.5 billion from the GEF trust fund.