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Prioritizing fossil-fuel subsidy reform in the UNFCCC process: recommendations for short-term actions

This policy brief addresses the importance of fossil-fuel subsidy reform in the context of meeting global climate change mitigation goals, elaborates on the concrete actions Parties can take to progress reform, and describes how efforts under the auspices of the UNFCCC will complement similar work in other international forums.

It is recommended that Parties to the UNFCCC propose options for addressing fossil-fuel subsidy reform through technical workshops and discussions—in country submissions to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), and explore the possibility of developing fossil-fuel subsidy reform as a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA). Additionally, interested developing countries can consider communicating to the Secretariat that they intend to implement fossil-fuel subsidy reform as a NAMA and request support.  Among other recommendations, is that fossil-fuel subsidy reform be on the agenda of the proposed ministerial meeting on energy efficiency and renewable energy at COP 19 in Warsaw.