Inventing Clean Technologies
- Intellectual Property and the Environment series
Chapter 1: The Copenhagen Accord and the Cancún Agreements: Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, and Climate Change
1. The Copenhagen Accord and the Cancún Agreements: intellectual property, technology transfer, and climate change A successful deal in Copenhagen will mean more prosperity, more security, more equity. It will expand the pie for all . . . Copenhagen offers a new path. It can catalyze a global economy based on low-emissions growth that can strengthen sustainable development and lift billions out of poverty. Success in Copenhagen will have positive ripple effects for global cooperation on trade, energy, security and health. Failure to reach broad agreement in Copenhagen would be morally inexcusable, economically short-sighted and politically unwise. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations General Secretary, September 20091 In international environmental law, there has been an increasing focus on the transfer and dissemination of clean technologies to developing countries in order to achieve improvements in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The emphasis on sharing clean technologies emerged in international law in 1972, at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, where there was a political push to encourage technology co-operation and transfer for environmental protection.2 However, it was not until the 1980s that the issue of technology transfer rose in prominence, as global environmental problems associated with the depletion of the ozone layer became apparent. To address the problem of ozone depletion the international community created the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 1987.3 The preamble Ki-Moon, B. (2009), ‘The Secretary-General’s Opening Remarks to the United Nations Climate Change Summit Plenary’, United Nations, 22 September, http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=4080. 2 Andersen,...
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