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For decades the only source of lighting at the regional public hospital in Mongolia's Orkhon province, came from high-energy inefficient bulbs that did not meet health and safety standards.
 
"I was hospitalized twice last year and stayed in the rehabilitation section of the hospital. When I first stayed the lighting was bad, some bulbs and lights were not working properly and those working bulbs did not have sufficient lights. It was always dark," said S. Baljinnyam, an elderly patient.

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PAGE News
 
Mauritius, a small island nation especially vulnerable to climate change, is planning to create a Green Bonds market with the help of PAGE - the Partnership for Action on Green Economy.


 
Senegal has established a National Platform on the Green Economy aimed at stimulating green growth and development. 

The multi-stakeholder platform will be a forum for dialogue, information sharing and coordinating action on issues such as green financing, climate change, green jobs, and the sustainable exploitation of the country's oil and gas resources.

_ QILAI SHEN_BLOOMBERG 2018
Green industrial policy for the economy of tomorrow

In China, about half a million electric motors were sold in 2017, and over 90 per cent of them were manufactured by Chinese companies. Electric mobillity is booming in China. Urban pollution from cars with internal combustion engines is a major cause of death in China, and the government has realized the opportunities, both in terms of human health and in terms of the economy, of developing a competitive advantage in the mobility market of the future.

Country Updates
The parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic adopted a decree about promoting the image of "Kyrgyzstan is a country of Green Economy" on February 1.

Mongolia PAGE Week will take place from March 12 to 16, 2018.

PAGE continues to help governments turn their economies into drivers of sustainability and social equity in our partner countries. To see updates from all of our Partner Countries, please click  here.
Upcoming Events
13 March, Paris, France

The new Sustainable Investment Forum Europe will be taking place in March 2018 in Paris, France, gathering decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market.

UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018
15 - 18 July, New York, USA

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
The theme will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. 
 
Learning and sharing opportunities
Green Fiscal Reform e-course 
9 April - 1 June 2018

Do you know about the benefits of a sustainable tax system?
Learn more about how fiscal policy can set the right incentives to green consumption and production across the economy. By setting appropriate economic incentives and price signals, green fiscal policies can help shift consumption patterns and drive private investments in human, natural, social and clean-produced capital. For registration and fellowships click  here.

United Arab Emirates state of green economy report 2017
 
The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment recently published the UAE State of Green Economy Report 2017. First launched in 2015, this annual report aims to help the country make solid advancements toward a green economy, by providing the public with an overview of public and private-sector efforts and a benchmarking of the country's current standing according to 41 key performance indicators. This third edition, which covers activities and performance of 2016, is available in English and Arabic.

What we're reading
The biggest climate change decision: Should you have children?

Climate change has some parents thinking twice about having kids, both to lessen their long-term environmental footprints, and so their children wouldn't have to face a collapsing world.

In a series of interviews, The New York Times  surveyed more than a dozen adults ages 18 to 43 about the role climate change plays in their childbearing decisions. The answers suggest the environment could be the deciding factor for many would-be parents.
"I don't want to give birth to a kid wondering if it's going to live in some kind of 'Mad Max' dystopia,"  said 32-year-old Allison Guy, who works at a marine conservation nonprofit in Washington.

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About PAGE

The 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 - UN Environment, 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. 

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