Without access to the right technologies, countries are left to confront complex problems without the sufficient tools to solve them.
As Told to Eric J. Lyman
Duduzile Nhlengethwa-Masina is the chair of the U.N Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Technology Executive Committee. (Illustration: Piotr Lesniak)
It is tempting to think the problem is too large. In Paris, almost 200 countries came together to say they wanted to take action to confront climate change. They recognized what is happening in the world and they chose a path of action. I hope and believe they will continue to follow through on the promises they made, regardless of whatever the temporary circumstances are.
Technology is key. No real climate action is possible without the diffusion of the most effective technologies. It’s imperative to make access to new technologies easier for developing countries. But it’s an issue that often fails to get attention.
Every country, every region, represents unique challenges. There is no single solution. But without access to the right technologies, countries are left to confront complex problems with only some of the tools they should have at their disposal.
Explore more stories from the March/April 2017 issue of Pacific Standard.