Welcome to the PAGE 2018 Annual Report Advance Copy
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was established in 2013 to support countries to address one of the greatest challenges of our time, namely; 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 to a greener and more inclusive economic model.
This advance copy provides a preview of the upcoming 2018 Annual Report, which will launch in March 2019. The pages that follow showcase the progress and achievements made by PAGE’s original two cohorts of partner countries—Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, Ghana, Mauritius and Burkina Faso. They also spotlight PAGE’s new partner countries—Argentina, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan—and their commitment to inclusive green economy.
Check back in March 2019 for the full report!
Three years since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, achieving inclusive economic growth and safeguarding current and future generations from the damage of climate change, demands – more than ever – great political leadership, corporate responsibility and social engagement globally. The global plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership which is enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals must begin to pivot from aspirational words to real change in the lives of people and nations, through actions on the ground.
In this context, we are witnessing unprecedented unity and enthusiasm from Member States to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. These global agendas have increased country demand for technical assistance and capacity development for an inclusive green economy. Green economy is increasingly recognized as a key driver of sustainable development and turning into a mainstream approach.
Today, we see more and more countries starting to showing leadership on climate action. We witness efforts around the globe to eliminate negative environmental subsidies and create climate policies and national development plans that reconcile social, environmental and economic objectives.
More individuals are demanding carbon smart products and investments and with this are sending market signals to make production processes and trade relations clean and fair. As countries move a sustainable path, green business and investments can flourish and citizens are empowered to take on the jobs of the future.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy is making a significant contribution to the global discussion on green and inclusive economy. In the last year it co-hosted official side events at the High-Level Political Forum in New York and COP 24 in Katowice. Leaders from governments, business, academia and civil society spoke on green investments, sustainable lifestyles and inclusive growth, and how green economies can deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
To continue this important work, world leaders, ministers, private sector innovators, development partners, civil society, media and the general public will gather at the PAGE Ministerial Conference in South Africa in early 2019. Through keynote addresses, thematic sessions and exhibitions, the conference will showcase the experiences and creativity of first movers, widen partnerships and engage in an open debate about what it takes to realize a just transition to economies and societies which are more inclusive, stable and sustainable.
The progress made in 2018 has demonstrated, once again, that our joint efforts allow us to deliver more than the sum of our individual organizations’ contributions. In the coming year, PAGE promises to continue the collective journey towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
2018 has been another important year for PAGE. Achievement highlights include:
- PAGE support for policy reform and capacity building expanded to a total of 18 partner countries
- Preparations are underway for the PAGE 2019 Ministerial Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2019
- Guidance for PAGE partner countries was made available in Spanish
- An official PAGE side event was held at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, entitled “Transforming Our Economies and Lifestyles: Greener and Fairer for Future Generations”
- The 2nd Global Forum on Green Economy Learning took place in Paris
- The 6th Annual Green Latin America Awards was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador
- Official side events were held at COP 24 in Katowice, focusing on a just transition towards climate-resilient economies and societies for all and SDG 8
- A self-paced green economy learning course and the second installment of a moderated fiscal reform learning course were offered through UNITAR
- Kyrgyz-Mongolian peer-to-peer learning through PAGE was held up as a model of South-South cooperation within the UN system
The combination of the universal and integrated Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change offers an unprecedented opportunity to transform our economies and finance systems into drivers of sustainability and social inclusion. In recent years, we have seen remarkable unity among nations, going beyond the silos of developed and developing countries, to realize these global objectives. To capitalize on this momentum, a paradigm shift is needed to move towards generating inclusive, shared prosperity that can safeguard environmental sustainability while ensuring that no one is left behind. Advancing the global transition to inclusive green economy will be at the heart of this shift. PAGE is increasingly recognized as a model to deliver coordinated support for this transition, helping countries to achieve the SDGs as well as their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement.
PAGE was first envisioned for the period of 2013-2020, with the goal supporting the inclusive green economy transition in 20 countries. As we approach the end of this first phase, PAGE is inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm of countries, citizens, business leaders and policy champions to create a greener and more equitable world. There is unprecedented economic and scientific evidence to support a shift to sustainability as well as higher levels of awareness, among governments, civil society and the private sector, of the economic, social and environmental benefits that a transition IGE offers.
In the coming year, 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 the second phase of 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, particularly through capacity development for resource mobilization.
In addition, in 2019 the first cohorts of partner countries will enter the end phase of their initial engagement with PAGE. Going forward, PAGE is seeking to develop innovative ways to engage with this family of graduating countries, who can serve as important champions for inclusive green economy and South-South cooperation.
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 expertize 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 engagement with PAGE in 2018, nearing or reaching the end of their five year funding programme. This group of countries and partners represent the first two cohorts to graduate from PAGE.
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.