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PREPARATORY MEETING ON TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, COOPERATION AND LOCAL CAPACITIES

The United States and Colombia co-hosted this meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, from 17-19 November 1993. Representatives from 16 countries, the European Commission, and five UN agencies focused their discussions on two technology sub-sectors -- liquid waste and energy technologies. The discussion on technology transfer for handling liquid waste recommended the following: improving access to information; monitoring discharges and assessing the risk they pose; improving regulatory frameworks; financing the acquisition of technology; strengthening institutions in receiving countries; improving public awareness and support for needed actions; lowering technological risks; and minimizing legal obstacles and trade barriers. The discussion on energy technologies recommended the following: promoting and facilitating policy reforms that accelerate the introduction of energy efficiency technologies, practices and systems; fostering and financing the development and commercialization of energy efficient technologies; promoting, facilitating and financing international dissemination of information; promoting donor collaboration and coordination; and working directly with recipient nations in developing the necessary capacities to use these technologies.