December 2015
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Story of the Month - December

France: Leading the way to COP21 
As the host of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), France is demonstrating leadership and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. COP 21 aims to reach a global agreement on climate change between the 195 countries expected for negotiations. France is setting an example by pursuing sustainability and climate change mitigation efforts across sectors. 

France and India will launch a global solar alliance at COP 21 that brings together 100 countries with high-energy production potential to increase availability of solar power worldwide. Recently passed French legislation, the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, introduced binding energy targets on transport, housing and renewable energy. The law contains a clean transport programme that incentivizes purchase of low-emission vehicles and requires Government procurement practices to prioritize electric vehicles. The bill expects to halve French energy consumption by 2050 and reduce reliance on nuclear power, signifying strong political commitment to mitigating climate change.     
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About PAGE

T he Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policy and practice.

The Partnership supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies.

 

PAGE is a direct response to the Rio+20 Declaration, The Future We Want, which called upon the United Nations System and the international community to provide assistance to interested countries in developing, adopting, and implementing green economy policies and strategies.


 

Bringing together the expertise of five UN agencies - UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNDP, and UNITAR - and working closely with national governments, PAGE offers a comprehensive and coordinated package of technical assistance and capacity building services. 


 

PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the emerging Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8. 

 

 

 
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PAGE News
 
Spearheaded by UNITAR, PAGE now provides online access to presentations and speakers notes on 40 key green economy topics. Issues covered include environmental externalities, resource efficiency, sustainable public procurement, green economy and trade, among many others. The materials have already assisted trainings in Ghana and Mongolia and can now be used worldwide.
PAGE Week Held in Senegal

Over a hundred participants from the Government, the National Assembly, the Economic, Social and Environmental council, local authorities, civil society and the private sector, gathered to discuss policy frameworks and strategies to stimulate action for a green economy in Senegal.
The main goal of the two-day event was to provide a platform for exchange and sharing experiences on the transition to a green economy in Senegal.
 
From 16 to 18 November PAGE conducted a joint green economy scoping mission in Jiangsu Province, China. In cooperation with the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) and the government of Jiangsu Province, the three day scoping mission  included a knowledge sharing event for local stakeholders, a workshop at which local experts and government officials discussed inclusive green economy successes and challenges, and a field visit to the city of Yancheng. 
 
On 4 November the Green Industry Assessment for Burkina Faso was validated in Ouagadougou. The report identifies potential green industrial policies, and makes a series of recommendations in order to promote green industrialization in Burkina Faso.
 

 
From 2 to 6 November PAGE held the Regional Forum for Latin America was held in Cartagena, Colombia. The opening ceremony was led by the Colombian Minister of Labour, Luis Eduardo Garzón, the Representative for the Andean Region at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Johannes Dobinger, and the Senior Specialist on Enterprises, Cooperatives and Rural Development at the ILO Country Office for the Andean Countries, Philippe Vanhuynegem.
 

 
From 9 to 13 November the Regional Forum for Africa was held in Accra, Ghana  to enhance the capacity of policy makers, researchers, stakeholders from civil society organizations, trade unions, employers' organizations from Anglophone and Francophone African countries to explore key opportunities for efficient use of resources and green entrepreneurship specifically in the green economy in rural Africa. 
 

 
The Mongolian Bankers Association in collaboration with PAGE, UNEP FI, Xac Bank, the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism, Bank of Mongolia, and Ulaanbaatar City Mayor's Office, held the third National Forum on Sustainable Finance on 27 November. The event was enormously successful with over 400 participants including high-level policy makers. Discussions focussed on how the private and public sector can collaborate in developing a green financing framework to support green and inclusive development in Mongolia.
 

Country Updates

Green Economy News - Around the Web

Nordic Ministers affirm their support for low-carbon green economies.

Kazakhstan proposes to establish an international centre for the development of green technologies and investments in Astana to contribute to their transition toward a green economy. 

Guyana to ban Styrofoam as of 1 January in their effort to transition toward a green economy. 

The Fiji Times highlights the country's work with GGGI to promote green growth .

Edward Barbier has written a new book examining the threats of environmental degradation and inequality on the world economy. 

La Francophonie has made a 'call from Francophone youth' ahead of COP21 which includes asking countries to support a green economy  (en français). 

Premier of Alberta, Canada, Rachel Notley announces new carbon tax to help the province become a green economy.

The Overseas Development Institute released a report on how Costa Rica can continue to build upon its green growth leadership.

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development highlights green economy opportunities in Africa. 

The City of Tshwane is partnering with the University of South Africa to launch the Tshwane Green Economy Research Network
Upcoming Events
1st Global Forum on Green Economy Learning
  1 6-18 December 2015, Paris, France

The 1st Global Forum on Green Economy Learning will bring together policy-makers, development partners, as well as representatives from education and training institutions, NGOs and business associations to identify opportunities for scaling-up green economy learning.