This event highlighted the importance of fossil-fuel subsidy reform, especially its emission reduction benefits and featured case studies. Ministers and other high-level speakers discussed how parties can ensure fossil-fuel subsidy reform leads to emission reductions.
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the GEF Secretariat, stated that the GEF is at the front of efforts to help developing countries cope with climate change, noting the need to enhance policy and planning at all decision-making levels. She stressed “learning by doing” to facilitate climate-resilient development and go beyond piecemeal approaches toward more integrated processes.
Geoff Barnard, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), chaired the event, recounting the climate information explosion in recent years and the new phenomenon of “Portal Proliferation Syndrome,” the constant growth in the number of websites and portals available. He described the role of knowledge brokers in helping users navigate this sea of online information and introduced four key challenges that the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group is helping address: really understanding user needs; pointing users to the right knowledge platform; connecting up platforms; and, sharing learning to avoid reinventing the wheel.
This side event provided an informal platform to explore how increased coherence on adaptation can be achieved and how cooperation between parties and stakeholders can be strengthened to support enhanced action on adaptation at all levels.