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Copenhagen: Progress on New Tech Mechanism

COPENHAGEN — UN Climate Chief Yvo de Boer described the state of the climate negotiations at the Copenhagen talks on Thursday as making “good progress” in a few key areas, including a growing consensus around developing a new technology mechanism that will accelerate technology development and transfer. De Boer said that the technology mechanism would likely have an executive body, as well as create a consultative network on regional technology services and provide support for developing countries using technology for climate change adaptation and emissions mitigation.

De Boer compared the process of the Copenhagen climate negotiations as “like moving into a new house,” and the current status of the negotiations on Thursday as the settling-in phase after moving in: People have now settled down, found the electric cooker, put the curtains up, said De Boer and “that’s where we are now.” There’s just one more full negotiating day left before some of the ministers start to arrive as early as the weekend, he said, adding that delegates appeared to be ready to work.

De Boer didn’t expand more on what the new technology mechanism would look like or how an executive body would be chosen, but said simply explained it as “architecture that can deliver new technology.”

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