Achieving outcome 1

To achieve the targets under outcome 1, PAGE has been supporting countries with IGE diagnostics, assessments, and policy analysis, prioritization of IGE sectors, as well as mobilization and engagement of public, private and civil society stakeholders. With the joining of Argentina, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan in 2018, PAGE is now supporting 18 countries and provinces/states.

To summarize the progress of the achievements of outcome 1, so far by end of 2018:

  • 33 national development plans or cross-sectoral strategies integrating IGE priorities have been supported by PAGE in 13 countries (9 additional policies in 7 countries in 2018).
  • 26 reports were completed (6 additional reports in 3 countries in 2018) providing national IGE diagnostics, assessments and policy analysis and feeding in to national planning processes.
  • 82 cross-sectoral consultations (31 additional consultations in 8 countries in 2018) were organized to mobilize stakeholders, share results of policy analysis and consult priorities.
  • 157 institutions of public, private and civil society stakeholders were mobilized and engaged in cross-sectoral IGE prioritization.

In-country activities in the following countries support the achieving of PAGE outcome 1:

Mongolia

Outcome 1: National policymaking

Mongolia has established a national framework — the National Green Development Strategy (NGDS) — that sets clear goals for the green development pathway of the country.

To support this, PAGE has undertaken policy assessments, including Threshold 21 modelling work that informs long-term macro-economic planning and forecasting. Complemented by a comprehensive training programme, this work has resulted in significantly improved institutional and individual capacities in utilizing modelling, now available to support future policy and planning processes.

PAGE has also taken an active role in developing tools to monitor Mongolia’s green economy transition and helped the government to define indicators for measuring progress towards the objectives of the NDGP.

At the sub-national level, PAGE partners have supported the integration of NGDP principles and SDG/NDC objectives into sub-national planning, providing green economy training and technical support for local development plans.

PAGE has also worked to ensure that gender considerations are mainstreamed throughout Mongolia’s green development policy. In particular, PAGE produced a report analysing how existing green development policies contribute to gender equality objectives and offered recommendations for mainstreaming gender into the implementation of the NGDP.

Peru

Outcome 1: National policymaking

An important element  of PAGE’s engagement in Peru has focused on green growth, in line with Peru’s national strategic plan for development, the Peru 2021: Bicentennial Plan.

PAGE’s work started with an analysis of the Peruvian economy and its green growth potential, which informed a green growth policy assessment using a Threshold 21 system dynamics model.

As a result of this work, the Guidelines for Green Growth, which lay the foundation for the adoption of green growth as the means of achieving a holistic and integrated approach to development, were approved by the government. To facilitate the implementation of these Guidelines, PAGE identified 12 policy tools for the government to employ in the short term, including the modification of the tax structure on fuel in order to fund the energy transition.

Senegal

Outcome 1: National policymaking

Senegal’s national development plan, Plan Senegal Emergent, is committed to an inclusive, holistic approach to sustainable development, noting that “meeting basic social needs is a key factor in promoting sustainable human development and the green economy.” This commitment has been the basis of PAGE’s support for cross-cutting impact at the national level, supporting Senegal to transform its economy into a driver of sustainability and social equity.

To support the IGE transition, PAGE brought together a committee — comprising members of Parliament, members of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and local mayors, supported by a team of researchers recruited through PAGE — to produce a National Strategic Guidance Document on Green Economy, which provides an evidence-based outlook on the opportunities and challenges for IGE. By bringing together green economy champions from all levels of government, the committee also effectively acts as a mechanism for mainstreaming green economy advocacy and policy expertise throughout the governance structure.

Ghana

Outcome 1: National policymaking

PAGE is supporting the Ghanaian government to prioritize and reframe economic policy around sustainability and put into place enabling policy conditions, reforms, incentives, business models and partnerships to catalyze and scale action and investment in green technologies, and natural, human and social capital.

In particular, PAGE has supported the National Development Planning Commission in the development of a national medium-term development plan (2018-2021) that is reflective of the principles of green economy. At the sub-national level, PAGE has provided targeted support through the development of a manual and provision of capacity building for planning officers and other key officials of the Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs). This work has resulted in the formulation of medium-term development plans in the 216 MMDAs across the country that reflect the principles of green economy.

PAGE has also supported the development of the action plan and implementation strategy for Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by providing technical and capacity support to key government officials, which will enable the country to budget, prioritize and implement the actions in its NDCs to meet its international obligation.

Mauritius

Outcome 1: National policymaking

As part of its overarching Vision 2030, Mauritius aims to transition into a high-income country by 2030. To support this transition, the country has laid out its medium-term goals in the Three Year Strategic Plan of Mauritius (2017/18-2019/20), which highlights green economy as an approach for implementing low-carbon growth.

PAGE has assisted in the development of the Marshall Plan Against Poverty and Exclusion, launched with the 2016-17 national budget, and the drafting of targeted policy measures to prevent extreme poverty. Its most important proposal—the Marshall Plan Social Contract, which came into operation in November 2016—provides financial assistance to households found eligible under the Social Register of Mauritius for families in poverty.

Raising awareness and providing platforms for stakeholder exchange and inter-ministerial discussion has been another key element of PAGE’s work in Mauritius. A recent Green Economy Forum in May 2018, supported by PAGE, brought different ministries together with actors from the private sector, educational institutions and civil society to discuss how to accelerate inclusive and green economic growth in the country. Under the overarching theme of unlocking green economy, discussions were centred around policy frameworks, SDG linkages, and the skills, business, industry, and financial markets needed to support the transition.

Burkina Faso

Outcome 1: National policymaking

PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets. PAGE support has centered around stakeholder engagement to sustain these efforts as well as partnership building for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.

Specifically, PAGE, along with Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change (MEEVCC), has been supporting the process of elaborating a the National Green Economy Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to strengthen the integration of green economy in all sectors of development, which are key components of Burkina Faso's National Policy on Sustainable Development (PNDES 2016-2020).

Building on macroeconomic and sectoral assessments supported by PAGE, the National Green Economy Strategy highlights several main axes of operation, including green jobs, sustainable trade, green finance, and national capacity development on green economy.

The National Green Economy Strategy was validated through a participatory approach involving all relevant national stakeholders in July 2018. Once adopted, it will guide Burkina Faso’s inclusive green economy transformation in the years to come.

China, Jiangsu Province

Outcome 1: National policymaking

Doubling down on efforts in the implementation of the 13th provincial Five-Year Plan, the provincial government of Jiangsu has committed itself towards a GDP without pollution that enables the continuation of high-quality economic growth coupled with improved environmental management.

In this context, PAGE is supporting a comprehensive measurement framework with green development indicators. In Jiangsu Province, PAGE work has focused on the development and local adaptation of a Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework, the first application of this tool at the sub-national level. The Jiangsu GEP Measurement Framework complements the existing framework used by the provincial government with strengthened social and gender dimensions, and will help identify policy gaps and opportunities for future resource allocations. Following the consultation of initial results with the provincial government, the GEP Measurement Framework is now being broadened to measure the performance of 13 prefecture-level cities in Jiangsu.

South Africa

Outcome 1: National policy making

PAGE has been engaging with national stakeholders to develop a framework for monitoring the transition to an environmentally sustainable and low-carbon economy. Drawing on the PAGE Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework, this work will take the form of a dashboard of green economy and environmental sustainability indicators for South Africa, which will support the elaboration and review of green economy policies.

To further this work during 2018:

  • A Green Economy Indicators Stocktaking workshop was held with the Department of Environmental Affairs to identify priority green economy indicators that can support the National Development Plan (NDP), Medium-Term Strategic Framework and the SDGs, among other activities.
  • The PAGE National Coordinator engaged with the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflections (MISTRA) for a discussion around the key question, “How do we build a just transition toward a socially inclusive economy by 2063?” The discussion advanced thinking on how South Africa can develop an all-encompassing approach to managing the transition to an economy characterized by low-carbon emissions.

Brazil, Mato Grosso State

Outcome 1: National policymaking

PAGE is supporting the elaboration of a methodology and guidelines for the implementation of Participative Municipal Development Master Plans, which are being developed by the state of Mato Grosso in accordance with the UN-HABITAT New Urban Agenda. In 2018, PAGE has supported this work through the evaluation of existing assessments on the state of development in municipalities in Mato Grosso and has produced a report classifying 106 municipalities in terms of their urban infrastructure. Future work is envisioned to focus on green jobs and capacity building.

Kyrgyz Republic

Outcome 1: National policymaking

To realize the National Development Strategy 2040, the Krygyz government has prepared a five-year development programme “Unity, Trust and Creation” covering the thematic and sectoral focus areas of finance, environment and climate change, trade, procurement, green cities, energy, economy and strategic planning.

These two key policy milestones have been directly supported by PAGE.

The Ministry of Economy has started to develop a National Programme towards Green Economy with a step-by-step inclusive green economy transition Action Plan (2019-2023), which integrates gender concerns and is directly aligned with the Strategy 2040, the five-year development programme and global commitments on achievement of the SDGs. 

Also in 2018, PAGE:

  • in collaboration with the GIZ Sustainable Economic Development Programme, started providing green economy modelling support to the Ministry of Economy within the context of the development of the National Programme towards Green Economy; and
  • supported the Ministry of Economy’s Green Week and Green Forum, a high-level dialogue designed to raise awareness and understanding of a common country-wide green economy approach.

Barbados

Outcome 1: National policymaking

A multi-agency mission visited Barbados in November 2018 to re-engage the government and stakeholders on PAGE, highlight its relevance to national priorities and pave the way for a national stocktaking activity.

The mission:

  • informed the new Barbados administration about PAGE work globally and nationally;
  • identified priorities for PAGE Barbados’ engagement and secured approval for the next Work Plan;
  • established an operational framework among key partners, including a PAGE Barbados Liaison Group and the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus; and
  • built awareness of PAGE Barbados Work Plan among lead technical green and blue economy focal points and the wider development community.

In immediate follow-up to the mission, a stock-taking study will be commissioned to analyze best practices, national SDG and NDC processes and to develop an inventory of sustainable finance practices.

Uruguay

Outcome 1: National policymaking

In December 2018, Uruguay's National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development was approved by the National Environmental Cabinet. This document was elaborated with the collaboration of many members of the PAGE Technical Working Group. The plan will act as a strategic and adaptive instrument to guide policy actions for addressing the country's environmental challenges. It also draws on other policies and thematic or sectoral plans, such as the National Water Plan, the National Climate Change Policy, the Energy Policy 2005-2030, and the Soil Use and Management Plans or the National Biodiversity Strategy.

Also in 2018, PAGE Uruguay has been collaborating in a series of national-level activities that are contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, from the development of models for the green policy impact evaluation to the elaboration of a Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Guyana

Outcome 1: National policymaking

The Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was presented to the Cabinet in 2018 and will be subsequently presented to Parliament, with anticipated approval in 2019 and implementation beginning in 2020. The Government’s commitment to the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was also reiterated in the 2019 Budget Speech delivered by the Minister of Finance in November 2018 — which contains strong references to the priorities of the Strategy and green economy principles, acknowledging that, “economic development must not be at the expense of our environment, and vibrant and healthy communities” and pledging to invest in opportunities that drive sustainable development and economic prosperity.

PAGE has been supporting the Government to realize the ambitious objectives of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 through inter-ministerial capacity building, assisting in the elaboration of the policy recommendations, mobilizing increased stakeholder collaboration, inclusivity and participation and the support of relevant public and media events connected to green economy.

Looking ahead, PAGE will build on the initial systems dynamic modelling to support the country in building a national systems dynamic green economy model that will add additional sectors to those that initially used to inform the GSDS.