February 2016
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Story of the Month - February

Italy: Parliament Approves Green Economy Law

In late December 2015, the  Italian Parliament voted for a package of measures that  impacted various sectors of the Green Economy
It took two years of parliamentary work to achieve this.  The new law contains provisions on  environmental impact, waste management, sustainable transport, and  protected marine areas . According to the Environment Undersecretary, Silvia Velo, the 79 articles "simplify and promote the re-use of resources with the aim of conceiving a new development model based on environmental sustainability". 
She added that " Italy is deploying , for the first time,  a tool that promotes Green Economy and the reduction of excessive natural resources exploitation ".  
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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PAGE is pleased to announce the release of  four country-level Green Industry Assessments . The assessments provide in-depth examinations of the  role of industry in facilitating the transition to a green economy  in each country. They also include recommendations for how governments can  better support the transition to green industrial production. 

What is green economy learning? What have we learned from existing initiatives? These questions and many others more were explored at the 1st Global Forum on Green Economy Learning which took place in December 2015 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.
The key outcome of the Forum was the "Paris Summary Statement on Learning for an Inclusive Green Economy".

Mongolia Adopted Action Plan for Green Development Policy

In January 2016, the Government of Mongolia approved an Action Plan for the implementation of the Green Development Policy of the country. Based on 6 strategic goals and 51 targets, the Action Plan prioritizes 255 activities to be implemented in two phases, up to 2020 and to 2030, and incorporates several PAGE initiatives in support of Mongolia's green development.

The African Development Bank together with the World Wide Fund (WWF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published a new report: "Transition Towards Green Growth in Mozambique". This document provides a summary of Mozambique's green growth policy development as detailed in the Green Economy Action Plan developed by the Government of Mozambique. 

Meeting Held in Geneva

The Fourth PAGE Steering Committee Meeting was held on 27 January 2016 at the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the progress made in 2015 and to discuss planning for 2016.
The Steering Committee members provided detailed feedback on the PAGE strategy for 2016-2020 and expressed their continued interest in supporting PAGE for Green Economy transformation, as a vehicle for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Country Updates

Green Economy News - Around the Web

The UAE Minister of Environment and Water launched the second edition of the UAE State of Green Economy Report , at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

The 10 questions that will shape the UK's green economy in 2016

The renewable energy job market is booming and it is estimated that it will grow to 24m jobs worldwide by 2030 - up from 9.2m reported in 2014

From green bonds to green boom: what China's new green bond rules mean for sustainable investment

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a team of private investors, announced a multi-billion dollar fund to "get energy technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace"

Renewables attracted record $329BN of investment in 2015

UNEP signed a New Agreement with Zayed International Foundation development of a novel textbook on green economy

Upcoming Events
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform
Annual Conference
 5-9 September  2016, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea

From 5-9 September 2016, on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will convene a series of high level policy dialogues around the Global Green Growth Week
One of these is The Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference (6-7 September). The event will advance efforts that deliver pro-poor inclusive green growth through expert discussions; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; build practitioner skills and define future research, and provide collaboration opportunities to promote pro-poor inclusive green growth.