Closing Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs to the Delhi Conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Transfer
New Delhi, 23 October 2009

Dear colleagues,

Let me begin by thanking the Government of India, our most able and generous host. It has been a pleasure to co-organize this conference with them.

I am happy that, as indicated, the conference will continue, in future, as a platform to build consensus on issues of climate change technology development and transfer, in cooperation with DESA.

Here are some points I take away from our two days of discussion, in addition to those contained in the Delhi Statement, which we have just adopted.

First, mitigation need not come at the expense of development. But we need to bring down the cost – and where necessary subsidize – environmentally sound technologies, particularly renewables.

Second, the time to begin investing in the development and transfer of cleaner technologies is now. A front-loaded investment can help bring down the cost of environmentally sound technologies, for the benefit of all.

Third, many speakers have emphasized the need for assistance with capacity building. Developing countries need domestic technological capacities to assimilate, absorb and adapt mitigation and adaptation technologies.

Fourth, international agreement is needed on how to make the fruits of technology cooperation available and affordable to all. The international community needs to put in place mechanisms for effective technology cooperation, development and transfer, under the auspices of the UNFCCC. Many speakers referred to a global mechanism. The proposal for climate innovation centres has also garnered considerable support.

Now is the time to start elaborating specific proposals. While we do not want to make costly mistakes, we cannot wait for the perfect architecture.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased with the substantive discussions that have characterized the conference. The presence of international and Indian experts and policy-makers helped to stimulate in-depth discussion on key issues related to technology development and transfer.

I believe the conference has proven its value as a forum for the exchange of ideas, generating a broad range of proposals and ideas, captured in the Delhi Statement.

Thank you.