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Prof Karin Vazquez to present policy brief at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 14th Technology Executive Committee (TEC) Meeting on "South-South and triangular cooperation on technologies for adaptation"

30 March 2017

The presentation will be streamed live on 30 March at 7.30pm (IST) -


Water and agriculture are essential for poverty reduction, sustainable development and human wellbeing. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of total global freshwater withdrawals, making it the largest user of water along the entire agri-food supply chain. The links between water and agriculture will be exacerbated in the near future under the pressure of population growth and climate change. Estimates indicate that 60 percent more food will need to be produced to feed the world population in 2050 and total global water withdrawals for irrigation are projected to increase by 10 percent in the same period.


Adapting water management and agricultural practices to climate variability requires integrated responses that address the complex and interrelated nature of global resource systems. These integrated responses can be fostered through the exchange of technologies that countries accumulate in their own development process and which tend to be more accessible, adaptable and affordable than those from developed countries.


An essential alternative for developing countries in responding to the growing pressure of climate change on resource systems is therefore to step up cooperation for the exchange of more cost-effective technologies for adaptation to the implementation of their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, the potential for South-South and Triangular (SSC/TrC) in technologies for adaptation for water and agriculture remains largely untapped.


Based on a mapping of SSC/TrC initiatives, e-survey with National Designated Entities (NDEs)vii, partners and members of the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN),viii and recommendations of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC)ix, this TEC Brief outlines the challenges for SSC/TrC in technologies for adaptation, reviews best practices and lessons learned, and highlights the roles of different stakeholders for the successful replication and transfer of technologies for adaptation in the context of SSC/TrC. 


The Technology Executive Committee


Created in 2010, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) is the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It focuses on identifying policies that can accelerate the development and transfer of low-emission and climate resilient technologies. 


With the Technology Mechanism serving the Paris Agreement, the TEC will play a key role in supporting countries to identify climate technology policies that support them to achieve the Agreement’s objectives. 


The TEC consists of 20 technology experts representing developed and developing countries. It meets at least twice a year and holds climate technology events to support efforts to address technology-related policy issues. Each year the TEC reports to the Conference of the Parties (COP) on its performance and activities. Specifically, the TEC analyses climate technology issues and develops balanced policy recommendations, supporting countries to accelerate action on climate change. 


The 14th TEC Meeting


Date and time
28-31 March, 2017

UN Campus, Bonn, Germany

Information for participants

Notification to Parties and Observers


Thematic dialogue
Industrial energy efficiency and material substitution


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