NEWSLETTER
August 2018

Usually the story goes like this: businesses are taking advantage of loopholes to increase profits at the expense of the environment and local communities, and the policymakers are scrambling to close these loopholes. However, more and more, we’re seeing evidence of the opposite: businesses are taking advantage of the market demand for sustainable and ethical products, and policymakers are trying to regulate to incentivize and replicate these behaviours.    
NEWS
Banking on green economy in Mauritius

The budget speech delivered by the Prime Minister of Mauritius last month reveals the key axes on which his government believes will be critical for transforming Mauritius into a high-income country. The 2018-2019 national budget, entitled  Pursuing our Transformative Journey follows a decidedly green economic model; that is, one that emphasizes strategies that promote inclusiveness and environmental protection as a means for achieving economic growth. At the centre of several of these strategies are key recommendations and insights that are consistent with PAGE’s green economy analyses and assessments.
Building circularity into the construction sector in Guyana

Low-income earners in Guyana now have increasing access decent homes, thanks to a housing project that is embracing the circular economy for economic, environmental, and social benefits.
Green jobs and solid waste management workshop in Peru

Peru, one of PAGE’s first partner countries, has now begun to implement their National Green Jobs Plan. Based, in part, on inputs from PAGE, the Green Jobs Plan has identified mining, forestry, tourism and solid waste as sectors that hold enormous potential for environmental reform and promoting green jobs.

 
COUNTRY UPDATES
Mauritius : Mauritius' 2018-2019 budget entitled "Pursuing our Transformative Journey" has integrated several key recommendations and insights promoting inclusiveness and environmental protection, consistent with PAGE's green economy analyses and assessments .
PAGE continues to help governments turn their economies into drivers of sustainability and social equity. To see updates from all of our partner countries, please click.
UPCOMING EVENTS
NEW DATES 10-11 January 2019 - South Africa

The Third PAGE Ministerial Conference will take place in South Africa, from 10-11 January 2019, following two successful conferences in Dubai in 2014 and Berlin in 2017.
Rebranding Africa Forum - Green Economy in Africa: Challenges and 5-6 October 2018 - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The fifth edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum will bring together participants with the most appropriate skills, as well as the economic and financial actors and partners wishing to participate in the takeoff of the green economy in Africa.
Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference & Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD)
27-29 November 2018 - Paris, France

GGKP will hold its sixth annual conference in conjunction with the OECD 2018 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD) in Paris, focusing on the theme of "inclusive solutions for the green transition: competitiveness, jobs/skills and social dimensions
2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference
3-14 December 2018 - Katowice, Slaskie, Poland

The 2018 Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, along with meetings of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA).
LEARNING & SHARING OPPORTUNITIES
Bringing the Agenda 2030 to life: UN Summer Academy
27-31 August 2018 | Bonn, Germany
WHAT WE'RE READING
Measuring fossil fuel subsidies in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
Joy Kim

Environment ministers from around the world are meeting in New York this week to review the progress of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the goals to be reviewed is SDG12 – ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production’, which includes a target to rationalize inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption. Understanding the size of existing fossil fuel subsidies is an important first step to achieving this target.
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ABOUT PAGE
Since its inception in 2013, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) has grown into a prominent alliance of five UN agencies , eight funding partners and thirteen countries that work together to transform economies into drivers of sustainability by addressing pollution, unemployment, stagnated growth, and socio-economic inequalities.

Thanks to this integrated approach and support of a wide range of partners , PAGE is increasingly recognized as a model to deliver coordinated support to countries for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the Paris Agreement .

PAGE has developed a set of services and tools , capacity building portfolio and partnerships to: