Welcome to the PAGE 2018 Annual Report
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was established in 2013 to support countries address one of the greatest challenges of our time: building economies that improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Many countries are up for this challenge, acknowledging that the growth model of the last century has resulted in significant environmental degradation and increasing social inequality. PAGE provides countries with assistance in planning and implementing their transition towards a greener and more inclusive economic model.
PAGE is proud to present this Annual Report, which showcases the commitment to inclusive green economy across the Partnership. The pages that follow present the progress and achievements made by PAGE partner countries in 2018, as well as PAGE impact at the global level.
Evidence and analytics are pouring in with irrefutable evidence that prosperity, and to a large extent, the continued existence of humanity, is linked with addressing key sustainability challenges. Policies and investments for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the targets of Paris Agreement on Climate Change will not only create much needed employment opportunities, including for youth, but will also generate more sustainable and inclusive economic growth, leading to reduction in environmental risk and scarcities.
The Report of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work gives a clear message that greening of economies will create millions of jobs as we adopt sustainable practices and clean technologies. It also states that “[i]nvesting more in the green economy can advance an inclusive future of work, because environmental degradation disproportionately affects vulnerable populations and low-income countries.”
We are witnessing unprecedented leadership in governments, business and civil society, advancing the change we need and inspiring the transformation of economies into drivers of sustainability and social equality.
The gathering of ministers, private sector innovators, development partners, civil society and media in Cape Town, South Africa for the Third PAGE Ministerial Conference in January 2019 showcased transformational action across continents, economic sectors and levels of development.
At this time, we have the historic opportunity for accelerating and scaling up the momentum for transitioning to the economy of the future, as is called for in a key output from the PAGE Ministerial, the Cape Town Action Pathways Towards 2030. We have the financing, technology and political will to radically re-organize the way we produce, consume and invest.
To achieve the global objectives enshrined in the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) offers a comprehensive package of technical assistance and capacity building to growing number of interested Member States, that bring together expertise of five UN agencies, eight funding partners and 18 Member States.
The results PAGE has catalyzed demonstrate, once again, the strength of a broad-based partnership and effective international coordination, which mobilizes actors across different groups and networks, to deliver more than the sum of each individual organizations’ contribution.
PAGE is committed to keep the course in the collective journey towards achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Let’s join hands as we advance on this journey to go really far.
2018 has been another important year for PAGE. Highlights include:
- With the addition of Argentina, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan in 2018, 18 partner countries are now an integral part of the PAGE family.
- PAGE has supported the development of eight new national and cross-sectoral policies, including Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 and Uruguay’s National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development.
- At the sectoral level, PAGE expanded its support for policy reform to include 14 additional policies in 7 countries in 2018. For example, PAGE is supporting the National Rural Sector Programme in Burkina Faso, which will be a pillar of sustainable growth in the country.
- PAGE has completed a total of 71 reports providing inclusive green economy diagnostics, assessments and policy analysis at the national and sectoral level. In Senegal, for example, PAGE work is helping to establish mechanisms to leverage oil and gas revenue for sustainable development.
- The Third PAGE Ministerial Conference, held in Cape Town in January 2019, gathered over 500 innovators and leaders from 50 countries for a unique global forum on green economy.
- From the High-Level Political Forum in New York to the UNFCCC COP 24 in Katowice, PAGE maintains a finger on the pulse of global debates and exchange on the inclusive green economy transition.
- PAGE continues to develop innovative global tools to inform policymaking. 2018 saw the launch of the PAGE Green Industrial Policy Trilogy, adding to an already impressive body of knowledge products.
- Highlighting the role of PAGE as a catalyst for international exchange, Kyrgyz-Mongolian peer-to-peer learning through PAGE was held up as a model of South-South cooperation within the UN system.
- Over 3,100 individuals to date have now been trained through an array of PAGE capacity-building initiatives, including at the global, national and sub-national level.
- PAGE funding partners continued to show their commitment and increasing support for inclusive green economy, resulting in total commitments of over 64 million USD to PAGE to date.
Increasing numbers of countries are taking concrete steps to put the well-being of people and the planet at the centre of national planning. This trend is a source of great motivation and encouragement. PAGE is proud to be the humble partner of 18 countries on their journey to a truly sustainable and inclusive economy, with many countries more benefiting from inspiration, discussion, exchange, knowledge and capacity building at global level. The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change have become common ground, guiding countries to envision their future and consider today’s choices for the economy and society. At the same time, the call for faster, greater and more radical action has also become louder in light of recent data on climate trends, inequality and pollution.
PAGE was launched in 2013 with the goal of supporting the inclusive green economy transition in 20 countries by 2020. As we approach the end of this period, the volume of economic and scientific analysis to support a shift to sustainability has grown, as have the levels of awareness among governments, civil society and the private sector. PAGE aims to draw on the commitment and enthusiasm of countries, citizens, business leaders and policy champions to further spread the message of the economic, social and environmental benefits of an inclusive green economy transition.
In 2019, the first cohorts of partner countries will graduate from their initial engagement with PAGE. The Partnership is actively seeking to develop innovative ways to engage this family of graduating countries in South-South cooperation as champions for inclusive green economy.
Going forward, PAGE will continue its ambitious work to inform, inspire and enable policy reform, capacity development and international cooperation for inclusive, sustainable development. At the same time, PAGE partners are envisioning the road ahead, making plans for PAGE beyond 2020. This includes developing new modalities for PAGE support to complement the existing core offer and expanding PAGE’s support to help countries bridge the gap between policy development and project implementation.
PAGE is increasingly recognized as a delivery mechanism for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.
PAGE coordinates its work to ensure its in-country and global activities and achievements are aligned with the SDGs.
Partnership for Action on Green Economy
PAGE aims to put sustainability at the heart of economic policymaking and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement on Climate Change through inclusive green economy approaches by bringing together the expertise of five specialized UN agencies (UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization and UN Institute for Training and Research).
PAGE supports nations and regions to:
- achieve sustainable and green growth,
- create green jobs,
- address inequality and climate change,
- advance green industrial development,
- and improve skills, knowledge and institutional capacity.
PAGE is currently supporting 18 countries and provinces/states: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and Uruguay and aims to support 20 countries by 2020.
PAGE by numbers
PAGE achievements since 2013 in numbers.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was conceived in 2012 as a response to the call to action following the Rio +20 Sustainable Development Conference in Brazil. It was then formally established in 2013.
PAGE informs, inspires and enables countries to transform their economies to inclusive green economies; that is, economies that eradicate poverty, increase jobs and social equity and strengthen livelihoods while protecting the environment.
Working at the national and sectoral level, PAGE is a collaborative partnership between five United Nations agencies as well as the national governments in PAGE countries.
The PAGE programme works to build capacity within partner countries so they are able to provide an enabling environment to meet their sustainability commitments, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, through inclusive green economy approaches.
PAGE provides technical and financial assistance in 18 countries as of 2018.
What is an inclusive green economy?
In its simplest expression, an 'inclusive green economy' is low-carbon, efficient and clean in production and also inclusive in consumption and outcomes; based on sharing, circularity, collaboration, solidarity, resilience, opportunity, and interdependence.
An inclusive green economy is focused on expanding options and choices for national economies, using targeted and appropriate fiscal and social protection policies, and backed up by strong institutions that are specifically geared to safeguarding social and ecological floors. It recognizes that there are many and diverse pathways to environmental sustainability.
Six countries—Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, Ghana, Mauritius and Burkina Faso—entered the final phase of their initial engagement with PAGE in 2018, nearing or reaching the end of their five-year funding programme. These countries represent the first two cohorts to graduate from PAGE. Going forward, they will continue to be a vital part of the PAGE family, serving as green economy champions and facilitating South-South exchange.
PAGE continued its work with seven partner countries in 2018: Jiangsu Province (China), Mato Grasso State (Brazil), Kyrgyz Republic, Barbados, Uruguay, and Guyana.
5 new partners
PAGE welcomed five new partner countries in 2018: Argentina, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.
Working closely with policymakers and the private sector, PAGE has helped to formulate, adopt, finance and implement economic and sectoral policies and practices. To achieve these objectives, PAGE is delivering results in four outcome areas. Working closely with policymakers and the private sector, PAGE has helped to formulate, adopt, finance and implement economic and sectoral policies and practices. To achieve these objectives, PAGE is delivering results in four outcome areas.