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August 2017
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Recalibrating market forces to build sustainable and equitable economies

As world leaders gathered over the last two weeks to  discuss progress  towards the ambitious  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) had an ambitious goal of its own. PAGE   believes that by convening international institutions, governments, the private sector and civil society, it can radically alter the way market forces work to promote sustainable and equitable economies. The Partnership aimed to spread this message to thought-leaders and policy-makers at a  side-event to the High Level Political Forum , entitled "Recalibrating Market Forces: How Greener and More Inclusive Economies and Finance are Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals." The event was attended by over 100 representatives from international institutions, governments, the private sector and civil society and progressed dialogue on how green measures can help countries achieve the SDGs.

A stocktaking workshop of the PAGE program for Uruguay was held this Friday, the 21st July 2017, at the Uruguay Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM).
Since welcoming Uruguay to the PAGE family earlier this year, PAGE is setting its focus on catalyzing the process of green economy transition in the country, focusing investments and public policies towards a new generation of resources - cleaner technologies, healthy ecosystems, qualified green manpower - driven by strong institutions and good governance. Together, PAGE and Uruguay will promote the establishment of conditions that will drive increased prosperity, greater equality, conservation of natural resources and the eradication of poverty.
To support green development for South Africa's economy, the United Nations Institute of Training and Research organized a three day training of trainers (ToT) on how to effectively design, deliver and evaluate e-learning. The training was attended by participants engaged in teaching and learning in various units of local universities, as well as  external stakeholders from government, civil society and the South African academic sector. E-learning presents an efficient way to quickly scale-up foundational learning across key stakeholders and is supported by a number of national learning institutions in South Africa, which already show indications of diversifying their approach to executive training with the goal of reaching a wider audience. 
On 12 July 2017, a workshop on "the Integrated Green Economy Modelling Tool" (IGEM) convened Peruvian governmental entities with the aim of achieving two main goals. First, the workshop hoped to broaden and strengthen Peruvian experts' abilities to align green growth with the formulation of economic models for short, medium and long-term growth. Second,  it encouraged incorporating the IGEM into the drafting, implementation and impact evaluation of public policies with a particular focus on green policies. 
Rahinatu Sidiki Alare is a Technical Officer at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies  at the University of Ghana. She is one of the many men and women who comprise the PAGE  Community of Trainers , an initiative launched through a training of trainers (ToT)  event in Turin in October 2017. Here, Rahinatu shares her experiences as a PAGE trainer and describes the impact she has on her local community.
Country Updates
PAGE representatives recently visited Guyana to meet with the government and existing green economy projects to determine how we can coordinate with the broader green economy objectives in the country and determine opportunities that would benefit from PAGE's unique offerings

PAGE and the government of Mauritius are working to identify, capture, and track exposure on environment and climate change adaptation in the country. 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs in South Africa reaffirmed South Africa's commitment to host the PAGE Ministerial Conference in 2018 at PAGE's High-Level Political Forum Side-Event in July.  

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
International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum
23-26 August, 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 

The International Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Forum will bring together heads and representatives of the Governments of the twelve snow leopard range countries as well as of other interested nations with leaders from international institutions, donor agencies, conservation organizations, and scientific institutions. It aims to further strengthen the range countries' ongoing effort to protect the snow leopard, and to galvanize international support for their ambitious plan of  securing 20 snow leopard landscapes by the year 2020. At the event, PAGE will share its work in the the Kyrgyz Republic and meet with partners.

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Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 
6-17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. The ultimate objective of the conference is to continue stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference
27-28 November 2017, Washington DC, USA

The Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference will be hosted by the World Bank on the topic of sustainable infrastructure. This two-day conference aims to take stock of recent advances and research challenges in green growth infrastructure and will feature some of the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds, in order to exchange key ideas and insights.

UN Environment Assembly
4-6 December 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

The UN Environment Assembly, the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will gather in Nairobi, Kenya under the overarching theme of pollution.  This year's Assembly will be  sustainable and climate-neutral , and it will feature  side events  that confront pollution in its various forms. The Assembly aims to deliver a number of tangible commitments to end the pollution of our air, land, waterways, and oceans, and to safely manage our chemicals and waste. 

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Learning and Sharing Opportunities
Webinar: PAGE's Indicators for Green Economy Policymakers
September 2017

Introducing the Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework
This webinar on Green Economy Indicators will present PAGE's country experience with indicators for green economy policymaking and its case study in Uruguay, and introduce PAGE's Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework methodology and application.

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Webinar: PAGE's Green Economy Modelling
October 2017

Introducing the Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) Framework
This webinar on Green Economy Modelling will present PAGE's country experience with green economy modelling  in particular using the system dynamics methodology of Threshold (T21), using a case study in Peru. The webinar will introduce  PAGE's Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) Framework , a tool that integrates three well-established green economy modelling techniques, and present its application on Mexico's Carbon Tax.

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Green Economy News
  • Portugal opens the world's first hydro-solar plant
  • Kazakhstan forges new collaborations on its path to green economy
  • Barbados continues on its path to green economy with strong commitment from the Prime Minister
  • Benefits outweigh the risks of investing in climate adaptation
  • Scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made at 8.3 billion tonnes
  • Green economy proves to be a critical means to eradicate poverty worldwide, said UN Environment Program Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw
Shaking the money pot to protect nature

Nature gives us a lot: water, timber, minerals, biodiversity, food, clean air...The perceived abundance of natural capital, often treated as endless and free, is leading to overuse and underinvestment. With less access to alternatives, poor people are most affected by this loss. Yet we constantly hear that money doesn't grow on trees and there's not enough to invest in the environment. At the 22nd Conference of the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP22) the Green Fiscal Policy Network asked how we can shake the piggy bank to give something back to nature.

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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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