April 2016
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Story of the Month - April

China's Top Political Meetings focus on Green Economy

Green economy is gathering real momentum in China, as green development was identified as one of the top national priorities during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) - the meeting of the country's top national advisory body - and the meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) - the top legislative body, both held in Beijing in March.
This year's meetings formally closed with the CPPC's submission of over 5,000 proposals, while the NPC approved China's 13th Five-Year Development Plan (2016-2020).
During the "Two Sessions", China's Premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report that assessed progress made in 2015, and announced a national annual growth target of 6.5% between 2016 and 2020.
In This Issue


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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Over 150 participants gathered at a high-level event on ' Mobilizing Partnerships for Green Development', held in Ulaanbaatar.
Mr. N. Battsereg, Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia, highlighted how the country is striving for a common mission for implementing the Green Development Policy and the Sustainable Development Vision 2030.

The  SWITCH Africa Green project (SAG), developed and funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), aims to support African countries in their transition to an Inclusive Green Economy. In Mauritius, PAGE is collaborating with the SAG project by providing capacity development support.

Currently, 90 per cent of Jamaica's energy comes from imported petroleum, leaving the country vulnerable to external shocks. Improving energy efficiency and increasing the supply of renewable energy are vital to greening Jamaica's economy and making it more resilient, according to two new studies recently released .

Country Updates

Green Economy News - Around the Web

Canada's Prime Minister launched the initiative "Smart Prosperity" that has brought together a new cross-sectoral group of business leaders, labour, NGOs, government and academics, who want to accelerate the country's transition to a greener economy.

Malaysia recently signed an agreement to promote low-carbon and sustainable practices. The Government is committed to growing the economy in a resource-efficient and socially-inclusive manner.

United States: the Buffalo Niagara region received USD$4 million grant to push green energy initiatives.

Water use key to launch of Kazakhstan's transition to a green economy.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency and AfDB are supporting Morocco's Green Plan for sustainable resource management and inclusive growth in the agricultural sector.
Upcoming Events
Workshop on Integrated Green Economy 
Modelling Tool
 April 22, 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland

PAGE, under UNEP's leadership, is organizing a workshop on Friday 22 April 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the International Environment House, to present the first results of the application of an Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) tool. The objective of the workshop is to present the generic IGEM tool and its first country results, applied to the case of Mexico, to assess the implementation of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Laws
UNEA-2: Forum on Partnerships for 
Inclusive Green Economy
May 25, 2016 - Nairobi, Kenya

Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the governments of Finland and the Republic of Korea, the event will take place during the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. It will centre on a high-level panel discussion on how new and innovative partnerships can deliver on the central challenge of the 2030 Agenda: creating the conditions for sustained and sustainable economic growth, with full employment.
4th Green Industry Conference
 June 28-30, 2016 - Ulsan, Republic of Korea

Titled "Innovative, Inclusive and Sustainable Industry for Smart Cities", the fourth Green Industry Conference (GIC) will take place from 28 to 30 June 2016, in Ulsan, Republic of Korea. The Conference is jointly organized by the Ulsan Metropolitan City, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and UNIDO, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.