Sustainable Development Goals

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At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 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.

How PAGE is meeting the Sustainable Development Goals

PAGE is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in many ways, especially with SDGs that relate to the economy, jobs, the environment and climate change, and partnerships.

This alignment with the global sustainability agenda and the contribution it can make towards advancing countries’ sustainability ambitions was recognized in the run-up to the UN Summit on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The below examples illustrate just some of the ways in which PAGE provides a means for realizing the SDGs.

SDG 1: End Poverty
No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Target 1.4: By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.

  • Mauritius: PAGE has directly supported 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, provides financial assistance to households found eligible under the Social Register of Mauritius for families in poverty.
SDG 4: Quality education
Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

  • Mongolia: PAGE has been working with Mongolian universities on integrating green economy concepts and approaches into tertiary programmes and curricula. Two new university courses on green economy and modelling as well as sustainable finance were completed for a pilot run in the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

  • Peru: PAGE has designed two university courses on green growth and development and green economy modelling, which the University of the Pacific will offer as a regular course within its curriculum from 2019.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE is working in collaboration with the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ghana Education Service to assess climate change knowledge among school children and teachers and to develop learning materials around green economy. Once completed in 2019, this material will be included in all primary and secondary school curricula, introducing a new generation of Ghanaians to inclusive green economy.

 

  • Mauritius: PAGE supported a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment, highlighting the learning needs of civil servants as well as entrepreneurs and workers in strategic economic sectors. The assessment provides a basis for national training and education institutions to design courses that meet the needs of both public and private sectors. As part of this work, PAGE has trained civil servants to design and deliver effective e-learning programmes, aiming to leverage the full potential of e-learning platforms for high-quality education on green economy.

 

  • Burkina Faso: PAGE conducted a training course on green entrepreneurship for trainers from the Maison de l’Entreprise, a non-profit association supporting private companies. A pool of trainers is now available to support young entrepreneurs in developing green businesses, particularly in the field of sustainable agriculture. Since 2017, the Maison de l’Entreprise estimates that at least 700 people have been trained through this initiative.
SDG 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Target 5.C: Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

  • Mongolia: PAGE has worked to ensure that gender considerations are mainstreamed throughout the country’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 National Green Development Policy. This work was presented to Mongolian policymakers in 2017 and has contributed to national discussions around the linkages between the SDGs, the National Green Development Policy and gender equality.
Gender equality
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Target 7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

  • Mongolia: PAGE has supported the Government to develop a handbook on green school buildings, which showcased how to achieve energy efficiency standards in these buildings. PAGE is also supporting the development of a low-carbon and climate-resilient model residential township, which will aim to provide 50 percent of residential electricity and heat consumption with renewable energy.

 

  • Mato Grosso State, Brazil: PAGE is working in partnership with Brazilian stakeholders to elaborate a strategic plan for the development of renewable energy. In 2018, PAGE has undertaken diagnosis, evaluations and analyses, with particular focus on the biomass and solar energy sectors.

Target 7.3: By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

  • Jiangsu Province, China: Jiangsu Province is one of China’s major industrial powerhouses, as well as one of the biggest clusters for solar energy and textile production. In Jiangsu, PAGE has conducted a study on South-South trade in environmental goods and services, which provided the basis for multi-sectoral workshops and trainings on trade in environmentally-sound technologies and sustainable value chains. PAGE is also supporting the greening of industrial parks in Jiangsu province as a key means for achieving clean production.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE has supported work to formulate a national industrial resource efficiency and energy efficiency policy, using lessons learned from demonstration projects in the oil palm and steel sectors.

Target 7.A: By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

  • Jiangsu Province, China: PAGE has supported multi-stakeholder dialogues, workshops and study tours among Jiangsu’s industrial parks to foster mutual learning among park administrators and regulators, local and international experts and business representatives with the aim to eventually build a global network for peer learning and exchange around green industrial parks and clean production.
Affordable and clean energy
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Target 8.2: Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors.

  • Peru: PAGE supported the development of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Policy, which was formally adopted on 31 December 2018. Among its nine priorities, the Policy calls for environmental sustainability and aims to create growth and green jobs through 1) clean technologies and green industries; 2) circular economy and sound waste management and 3) biotrade.

 

  • Jiangsu Province, China: In an effort to move beyond a GDP-driven policy cycle, China has called for the development of a comprehensive measurement framework with green development indicators. To support this, PAGE has focused on the development and local adaptation of a Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework in Jiangsu Province, the first application of this tool at the sub-national level. The Jiangsu GEP Measurement Framework complements the existing framework with strengthened social and gender dimensions and will help identify policy gaps and opportunities.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE has conducted a review of skills for green jobs, aiming to achieve higher levels of economic productivity.

 

Target 8.3: Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.

  • South Africa: In 2018, PAGE held a National Green Economy Academy in South Africa, which sought to build the capacity of key green economy stakeholders and to promote knowledge sharing among the country’s nine provinces, eight of which have embarked on drafting provincial green economy or related strategies. As a direct outcome of this event, concrete initiatives around developing guidelines for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in the renewable energy sector are taking shape.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE, in collaboration with the UN Environment Finance Initiative and the International Financial Corporation, has conducted a scoping study on green finance opportunities for micro-, small- and medium-scale enterprises. Working with diverse groups of stakeholders, including the Bank of Ghana and the Ghana Association of Bankers, the Ministry of Finance, and development partners, PAGE has used the sustainability principles already incorporated in the banking sector in Ghana as a starting point to examine the policy options for green finance support to MSMEs.

 

  • Uruguay: PAGE is engaged in the promotion of sustainable production and services and is collaborating with national partners on the greening of the activities of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises, which represent the largest productive activity in terms of employment.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE has developed the Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) framework to better respond to countries’ needs in terms of analysing the cross- sectoral impacts of green economy policies. The IGEM framework presents a methodology on how to integrate three of the main modelling techniques used for green economy policy assessment to refine impact analysis of green policies and investments in the economy. PAGE has also held high-level events on recalibrating market forces for sustainable development and building inclusive green economies to implement the Paris Agreement.

 

Target 8.4: Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead.

  • Senegal: In Senegal, the prospects of oil and gas revenues are redefining opportunities and challenges for sustainable development. In this context, PAGE produced a study on the management of oil and gas revenues to support sustainable development that has become a reference document and which informed the Senegal National Sustainable Development Conference in 2018. PAGE is making use of the recommendations of the study to step up engagement and support on strategies and policies that define the country’s growth and sustainable development trajectory.

 

  • Kyrgyz Republic: With PAGE support, the Kyrgyz Republic is advancing several sectoral and thematic initiatives around resource efficiency in consumption and production. These include a demonstration pilot on resource efficiency in the metal industry building on a green industry assessment, the design of a green urban planning system and review of legislation for sustainable public procurement. When fully implemented, these initiatives will contribute to the national objectives of pursuing inclusive economic growth while safeguarding the environment and natural resources.

 

Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

  • Peru: PAGE has supported the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion in the development of a National Plan for Green Jobs. An important component of this work focused on encouraging teleworking, aiming to reduce the environmental footprint of workers´ daily commuting and to promote the inclusion of women and people with disabilities in the labour market. The National Plan for Green Jobs will be incorporated into the National Employment Policy, thus institutionalizing green economy principles into the national employment policy framework. At the provincial level, PAGE has also assisted in incorporating green growth objectives into regional youth employment plans.

 

  • Guyana: PAGE has begun a Green Jobs Assessment, which, when complete, will provide an economy-wide analysis that uncovers the sectors and gaps with greatest potential for employment and fair work, while protecting the environment. The Guyanese government has fully embraced the importance of understanding the intersecting priorities of labour and the environment, concluding that the future Green Jobs Assessment model would become an integrated part of the implementation of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040.

 

  • Burkina Faso & Senegal: An earlier PAGE-supported training-of-trainers programme on green enterprise is showing results, demonstrating increasing institutional and human capacity for green entrepreneurship development that can continue to be scaled up. In Senegal, 20 business management trainers who benefited from the earlier PAGE training programme in turn coached approximately 40 women and men entrepreneurs. In Burkina Faso, an initial group of five trainers who benefited from the earlier PAGE training programme had trained 20 coaches working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs), who in turn trained at least 700 people (of which 40 percent are women).

 

  • Barbados: The government of Barbados has set a priority for PAGE to design a Labour Force Survey Module on “Employment in the Environmental Sector and Green Jobs in Barbados”. PAGE envisages using this survey as a basis for a Skills and Green Jobs Assessment.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE has produced a Green Jobs Training Guidebook, focusing on how to measure and model social and employment outcomes of climate and sustainable development policies. PAGE has also held high-profile global events, including official side events at COP 24 in Katowice, focusing on a just transition towards climate-resilient economies and societies for all and SDG 8.

 

Target 8.9: By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

  • Mato Grosso State, Brazil: PAGE is working to produce guidelines for standardization and certification of sustainable tourism products, including infrastructure suitability, capacity building and market access with a focus on responsible consumption.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Target 9.2: Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries.

  • Burkina Faso: PAGE has supported the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts in conducting a green industry diagnosis and developing a green industry strategy. As a result, green economy was integrated into the National Industrial Strategy, which was validated by all relevant national stakeholders in September 2018 and is expected to be adopted by the government in 2019.

 

  • Peru: PAGE has collaborated with the Ministry of Production on a Green Industry Assessment and subsequently on a series of Green Industry Fora at the national and provincial level, both feeding into the development of a Green Industry Policy Paper. The events raised awareness among entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises about energy efficiency, reduction of emissions, sound industrial waste management, circular economy and industrial resilience, and also shared good practices from Colombia, El Salvador and Argentina.

 

  • South Africa: PAGE has collaborated with national partners to produce the Green Economy Industry and Trade Analysis. The study identified small-scale embedded generation systems, water technology, the biogas-to-transport value chain and bio-composites as areas that offer particular trade opportunities from the perspective of green industrial development.

 

  • Guyana: In 2018, PAGE conducted a Green Industry and Trade Assessment in Guyana. The assessment, which was validated at a stakeholder workshop involving representatives from PAGE partners, government ministries, the private sector, and the National Green State Development Strategy Coordination team, will support the implementation of the country’s Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: Recognizing that green industrial policy is essential for enhancing competitiveness in the global economy of the future while safeguarding environmental resources, PAGE launched the Green Industrial Policy Trilogy in Geneva in February 2018. This work serves to inform policymakers, researchers and practitioners about the theory behind green industrial policies and current practices.

 

Target 9.4: By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.

  • Jiangsu Province, China: To support green industry in Jiangsu Province, China, PAGE is promoting the green transition of industrial parks. Together with local partners, PAGE has developed a Jiangsu Green Industrial Park Assessment Study and Policy Guideline to take stock of the key policy instruments catalyzing green transformation at the park level and to inform industrial park administrators and responsible ministries on best practices and lessons learned.
SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrstructure
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Target 10.3: Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.

  • Peru: As part of the development of the National Plan for Green Jobs, PAGE has supported the Pact for Teleworking. The policy aims at reducing the environmental footprint of workers´ daily commuting and office use, while promoting the inclusion of women and people with disabilities in the labour market.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Target 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport

  • Peru: As part of its broader efforts on green urban transportation, in 2018 Peru officially established the Urban Transportation Authority for the cities of Lima and Callao. The Authority will work to create a transportation system that is efficient, sustainable, accessible and environmentally-conscious and that meets the transportation needs of the larger community in these two municipalities.

 

Target 11.3: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

  • Mongolia: PAGE has worked with the Mongolian government on the national Green Schools Initiative, which utilizes school buildings as a vehicle to showcase efficiency standards. In addition, PAGE is supporting the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development in developing a new construction sector policy, with a focus on sustainable housing and resource-efficient cities.

 

  • Kyrgyz Republic: With PAGE support, the Kyrgyz government is advancing several sectoral and thematic initiatives designed to further strengthen the green economy transition in the country, including the design of a green urban planning system. When fully implemented, these initiatives will contribute to the national objectives of pursuing inclusive economic growth while safeguarding the environment and natural resources.
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Target 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

  • Burkina Faso: PAGE is working to integrate green economy principles into the implementation of the second National Rural Sector Programme through capacity building and policy analysis. This Programme promotes productive and resilient agriculture, fisheries, wildlife and natural resource management, making it an important pillar of sustainable growth.

 

  • South Africa: PAGE is supporting national partners to identify policy responses to the country’s ongoing water crisis. In particular, PAGE is collaborating with the Department of Environmental Affairs to update the previously-developed South Africa Green Economy Modelling report. This update includes modelling of the water-biodiversity nexus, with a sub-national focus on the provinces worst affected by the water crisis.

 

Target 12.4: By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

  • Mongolia: Building on a study on industrial waste management supported by PAGE, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Ministry of Road and Transportation Development have started to improve the management and recycling of waste from end of life vehicles, with a focus on public-private partnerships and engagement of local small and medium enterprises. Policy recommendations from the study will be incorporated into national strategies and an action plan to transform the management of waste from these vehicles.

 

Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

  • Uruguay: PAGE has facilitated the mainstreaming of circular economy into the overarching programme Transforma Uruguay, which is focused on promoting a productive transformation of the country’s economy with the main goal of increasing competitiveness. PAGE is also actively engaged with the project BioValor, which aims to transform the waste generated from small towns and agricultural and agro-industrial activities into energy and/or raw materials and supplies.

 

  • Mauritius: PAGE has supported an Industrial Waste Assessment, which serves as a strategic guide for national policymakers. Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection and Business Mauritius, the assessment quantified the amount and main categories of industrial waste currently being generated in major selected industries. It also identified opportunities for reuse and recycling of industrial waste within and across industrial sectors, giving immediate guidance for the development of a sustainable manufacturing process in the country.

 

  • Peru: Page has supported training for recyclers in waste management to guarantee the sustainability of their business activities and the promotion of green jobs.

 

Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.

  • Mongolia: PAGE has worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance to incorporate sustainability principles into the national public procurement framework. This support included a market analysis and the identification of priority products for sustainable procurement. As a result, the Amendments to the National Law on Public Procurement has been drafted and submitted to Parliament, with the potential to have long-term impact on the sustainability of public procurement in Mongolia.

 

  • Kyrgyz Republic: With PAGE support, the government is advancing several sectoral and thematic initiatives designed to further strengthen inclusive green economy. These include a review of legislation for sustainable public procurement. When fully implemented, these initiatives will contribute to the national objectives of pursuing inclusive economic growth while safeguarding the environment and natural resources.

 

Target 12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

  • Mongolia: PAGE has been working with Mongolian universities on integrating green economy concepts and approaches into tertiary programmes and curricula. Two new university courses on green economy and modelling as well as sustainable finance were completed for a pilot run in the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

  • Peru: PAGE has designed two university courses on green growth and development and green economy modelling, which the University of the Pacific will offer as a regular course within its curriculum from 2019.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE, in collaboration with the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn), is supporting the integration of climate change and green economy concepts into national school curricula. Under the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ghana Education Service, relevant topics have been integrated into the syllabi for all subjects at the primary level.

 

  • Burkina Faso: PAGE, together with partners at the University of Ouagadougou II, completed a Green Economy Learning Capacities and Needs Assessment, validated by representatives of ministries, universities, research centres and UN agencies in June 2018. A national action plan for green economy learning was developed on the basis of this assessment and will be submitted to a donor roundtable in 2019. PAGE is now partnering with the University of Ouagadougou to expand its existing green economy courses, with the goal of reaching a wider audience.

 

  • Mauritius: To guide green economy capacity and skills development in Mauritius, PAGE supported a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment, conducted by the Civil Service College Mauritius. By highlighting the learning needs of civil servants as well as entrepreneurs and workers in strategic economic sectors, it provides a basis for national training and education institutions to design courses that meet the needs of both public and private sectors. As part of this work, PAGE has trained civil servants to design and deliver effective e-learning programmes, aiming to leverage the full potential of e-learning platforms for high-quality education on green economy.

 

  • South Africa: Following the completion of the Green Economy Learning Assessment, PAGE is working with North-West University to develop a green economy e-learning course. To support its development, PAGE convened a three-day training of trainers on the design, delivery and evaluation of e-learning. PAGE also held a National Green Economy Academy in 2018. This event brought together key green economy stakeholders to promote knowledge sharing among South African’s nine provinces, eight of which have embarked on drafting provincial green economy or related strategies.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE is committed to advancing green economy learning at the global level. To support this objective, PAGE has held moderated and self-paced e-learning courses on green economy, green fiscal policy and green trade and has held both global and regional Green Economy Academies.

 

Target 12.B: Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

  • Mato Grosso State, Brazil: PAGE is supporting the elaboration of guidelines for standardization and certification of sustainable tourism products. Specifically, this work supports infrastructure suitability, capacity building and market access, focusing on responsible consumption.

 

SDG 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Target 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.

  • Mongolia: PAGE, in collaboration with Global Green Growth Institute and SDC-financed project Education for Sustainable Development, has supported the integration of sustainability objectives into sub-national planning, providing green economy training and technical support for local development plans. Eight aimags (provinces) and the capital Ulaanbaatar have taken up this work to date.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the National Development Planning Commission and the Ghana Statistical Service developed a guidance manual for mainstreaming climate change, green economy and the SDGs into Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies' development plans, which were subsequently consolidated to create a national-level medium-term development plan.

 

  • Guyana: PAGE’s engagement in Guyana is centred around supporting the elaboration of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040. Through this strategy, the government is pursuing green economic and social development, with core objectives focused on promoting economic diversification and transformation, ensuring social equity and strengthening the economy’s ecological foundations.

 

  • Uruguay: PAGE is working closely with the Office of Planning and Budget, an Office of the Presidency, collaborating on the long-term policy Uruguay 2050 Agenda and the National Development Strategy. This collaboration is focused on scenario analyses for greening value chains, starting with forest-wood cellulose. For this value chain, PAGE will focus on quantitative analyses, including environmental and climate change dimensions.

 

  • Peru: PAGE has supported the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion in the development of a National Plan for Green Jobs. An important component of this work focused on encouraging teleworking, aiming to reduce the environmental footprint of workers´ daily commuting and to promote the inclusion of women and people with disabilities in the labour market. The National Plan for Green Jobs, once finalized, will be incorporated into the National Employment Policy, thus institutionalizing green economy principles into the national employment policy framework.

 

  • Mauritius: PAGE supported the development of the Public Environment Expenditure Review, which sparked interest in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to introduce climate finance tracking tools within the budget process. PAGE assisted the Ministry to develop a methodology and comprehensive training programme enabling policy officials to conduct an annual computation of total public-sector expenditure on the environment. Going forward, this will facilitate the integration of climate change measures into the national budget process.

 

  • Mato Grosso State, Brazil: PAGE is supporting the development of a strategic plan to develop renewable energy and is analyzing the long-term prospects of renewables within the energy matrix of Mato Grosso, supporting climate resilience and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

 

SDG 13: Climate action
SDG 15: Life on the Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Target 15.9: By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts

  • South Africa: PAGE is collaborating with the Department of Environmental Affairs to update the previously-developed South Africa Green Economy Modelling report, which used system dynamics modelling to assess the impacts of green investments in select economic sectors. This update includes modelling of the water-biodiversity nexus, with a sub-national focus on the provinces worst affected by the country’s ongoing water crisis.

 

SDG 15: Life on land
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Target 17.1: Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection.

  • Mauritius: PAGE and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development are supporting the Stock Exchange of Mauritius in the development of a Mauritius Green Bonds Market, inspired by the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, a UN partnership promoting responsible investment. Drawing on the expertise of the UNEP Finance Initiative, issuers, verifiers, investors and government official received technical training on green bonds development and further analysis is underway to support the launch of green bonds in Mauritius.

 

  • Mongolia: PAGE delivered an e-learning course on green fiscal reform to meet the learning needs and build capacities of national stakeholders. The interactive and practice-oriented course provided participants from government, business, civil society and academia with an introduction to various approaches and policy instruments for reforming government spending and revenue generation with the goal of supporting the transition to a green economy in the Mongolian context.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE has developed and implemented a moderated online training package on green fiscal reform. This training package aims to help governments face the triple challenge of reducing environmental risks, fostering economic growth and reducing poverty through policy approaches that improve fiscal consolidation, spur innovation, and help identify smarter ways for government taxation and spending.

 

Target 17.3: Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources.

  • Mongolia: PAGE has supported the Mongolian banking sector in the development of green and inclusive financial products and services, in partnership with the UN Environment Finance Initiative, International Finance Corporation, Global Green Growth Institute and other development organizations. This work has contributed to the establishment of a working group to create a green credit fund, which aims to bring long-term financing to projects that stimulate green growth.

 

  • Ghana: PAGE, in collaboration with the UN Environment Finance Initiative and the International Financial Corporation, has conducted a scoping study on green finance opportunities for micro-, small- and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) in Ghana. Working with diverse groups of stakeholders, including the Bank of Ghana and the Ghana Association of Bankers, the Ministry of Finance, and development partners, PAGE has used the sustainability principles already incorporated in the banking sector in Ghana as a starting point to examine the policy options for green finance support to MSMEs.

 

Target 17.9: Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

  • Mongolia and Kyrgyz Republic: PAGE has supported a South-South cooperation project between the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia that is strengthening mutual exchange on green economy policy development and practices of the two countries. In 2018, on International South-South Cooperation Day, PAGE’s work in Mongolia and the Kyrgyz Republic was recognized in a report highlighting best practices in south-south and triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system.

 

  • China and South Africa: China, through Jiangsu Province, was the first country to apply the Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework – a tool developed by PAGE - at the sub-national level. In 2018, policymakers in South Africa began to consider the tool to track their green economy transition and use it as a potential dashboard for green economy and sustainability indicators. A national training and stakeholder workshop on indicators for green economy policy making took place in Pretoria, which provided the opportunity to link the processes from the two countries. To support this exchange, researchers from China were invited to share their experience applying the Green Economy Progress Framework in Jiangsu Province.

 

  • Uruguay and Argentina: Argentina joined PAGE is 2018 and kicked off its activities with a workshop gathering representatives from PAGE partner agencies and government agencies to identify challenges and opportunities and set priorities for future PAGE work in the country. To support this initiative, the National Coordinator from PAGE Uruguay participated in the workshop, sharing experiences and lessons learned from PAGE’s engagement in Uruguay.

 

  • Barbados: With PAGE’s support, Barbados aims to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a Green Economy Knowledge Transfer Platform between Small Island Developing States. This would help position Barbados as a leader in individual and institutional exchange of knowledge on inclusive green economy principles.

 

Target 17.11: Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020.

  • Burkina Faso: PAGE is currently supporting the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change in formulating a strategy for developing market access for non-timber forest products (NTFPs). The Strategy for the Sustainable Management and Export of Non-Timber Forest Products is currently under validation and aims to make trade of NTFPs sustainable, efficient, competitive and profitable to the national economy.

 

  • Jiangsu Province, China: PAGE has conducted a study on South-South trade in environmental goods and services and collaborated with the Chinese Global Value Chain Institute (CGVCI) for a baseline assessment of sustainable textile trade and value chains in Jiangsu. The studies provided the basis for multi-sectoral workshops and trainings on trade in environmentally-sound technologies and sustainable textile value chains. As a result, the CGVCI has received requests for capacity support on sustainable value chains from other provinces and cities in China.

 

  • South Africa: PAGE has collaborated with national partners to produce the Green Economy Industry and Trade Analysis. The study identified small-scale embedded generation systems, water technology, the biogas-to-transport value chain and bio-composites as areas that offer particular trade opportunities from the perspective of green industrial development.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE has designed and delivered an interactive e-learning course on the nexus of trade and the green economy. The practice-oriented course provides participants from government, business and civil society with an introduction to various approaches to promote and harness opportunities related to sustainable trade.

 

Target 17.14: Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

  • Guyana: PAGE has supported the work of multi-stakeholder expert groups, drawing together 130 professionals from the public and private sectors, and civil society, to determine the policy priorities of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040.

 

  • Senegal: The National Academy on Green Economy, held in 2016, resulted in the establishment of a National Platform on Green Economy, which brings together partners from the government, social partners, academia, and civil society organizations. The National Platform has since formulated its own work programme on green economy, looking beyond PAGE, and is poised to be the institutional vehicle to ensure policy sustainability and coherence.

 

  • South Africa: The establishment of the National Steering Committee (NSC) in March 2016 and active engagement of NSC task team members in the PAGE technical working groups has ensured ownership of a broad-range of stakeholders in the planning, implementing and monitoring and evaluation processes of PAGE support and the inclusive green economy transition.

 

 

Target 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.

  • PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication. PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the SDGs. In addition, PAGE works with a wide network of green economy actors and stakeholders, including eight funding partners and 10 action partners.

 

Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

  • Guyana: PAGE’s involvement in Guyana has led to the establishment of regular Green Conversations—high-profile, multi-stakeholder events that explores a particular aspect of the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040, as well as green economy principles such as green economic growth and green fiscal policy, sustainable agriculture, and investments in renewable energy. The events attract a wide audience of representatives from the government, the private sector, civil society and the general public, and are an important tool for catalyzing partnerships and support for the green economy transition.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE’s global event, such as the PAGE Ministerial Conferences provide a unique platform to promote inclusive green economy effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships. The 2017 PAGE Ministerial Conference in Berlin, for example, convened around 40 ministers, CEOs, high-level representatives of UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations and trade unions as well as more than 300 sustainable development experts to explore ways of fighting inequalities and environmental degradation.

 

Target 17.19: By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries.

  • Jiangsu Province, China: In an effort to move beyond a GDP-driven policy cycle, China has called for the development of a comprehensive measurement framework with green development indicators. To support this, PAGE has focused on the development and local adaptation of a Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework in Jiangsu Province, the first application of this tool at the sub-national level. The Jiangsu GEP Measurement Framework complements the existing framework with strengthened social and gender dimensions and will help identify policy gaps and opportunities.

 

  • South Africa: PAGE is 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.

 

  • Senegal: To support in monitoring the implementation of the National Strategy on Green Jobs, PAGE is putting into place a mechanism for data collection and statistical analysis of green jobs creation, in collaboration with the National Agency for Statistics and Demography.

 

  • PAGE Global Work: PAGE has developed a key tool for policymakers, analysts and other stakeholders for understanding how green economy is progressing. The Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework helps countries evaluate their overall progress towards inclusive green economy and enables a cross-country comparison of progress.

Investing in all forms of capital

Achieving the SDGs requires significant investments in social capital, natural capital, and financial capital.
PAGE helps deliver on the SDGs by:

  • catalysing additional investment
  • creating a shift in existing investment towards these forms of capital through the reform of macroeconomic policies.

An initial review of the SDGs and their targets shows that most of them can be advanced through an IGE approach.
IGE is an effective tool for achieving sustainable development and poverty eradication. In a green economy, growth in income and employment are driven by policies and investments that prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services which is included in the 2030 Agenda.

Where in the world?

Achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement Articles

World map, showing which countries are engaged with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy
Jiangsu Province, China Mongolia Kyrgyz Republic Mauritius South Africa Uruguay Ghana Burkina Faso Senegal Guyana Barbados Mato Grosso State, Brazil Peru

Graduating PAGE countries

Continuing PAGE countries

New PAGE countries in 2018