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February 2017
Story of the month
European Union to Reform Carbon Trading Scheme

European ministers of environment agreed on a common approach to reform the European Trading System (ETS). As Miguel Arias CaƱete, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy states: "(...) today's agreement demonstrates once more the European Union's strong commitment to show leadership on climate action and help drive the global transition to clean energy."

The Minister of Environment and Drainage of Barbados, Dr. Dennis Lowe, highlighted the impact that the green economy has had on the country, "moving from a fringe concept on the environment to a widely embraced approach for economic prosperity, and a key building block for Barbados' forward growth strategy". His statement came during PAGE's mission to Barbados on February 7-10, which defined the activities to be carried out under the one-year inception-stocktaking phase of PAGE in the country.
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Our Choice: Sustainable Lifestyles & Economies - and making the connection in Berlin 

A lot has been said about the surprise results coming in from recent elections and referendums across the globe, and many point to the same thing: growing dissatisfaction and disenchantment with the status quoDespite rapid progress - or at least the appearance of progress - since the close of World War II, the basic tenets of our prosperity including free trade, free markets and globalization writ large are being called into question.
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Consultations on Green Economy Stocktaking in Kyrgyz Republic

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy, 70 stakeholders gathered in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, to discuss the preliminary findings of a green economy stocktaking exercise that kicks off activities of PAGE in Kyrgyz Republic. Representatives from the Ministries of Economy, Agriculture and Finance, the State Agency of Environment Protection and Forestry, the National Statistics Committee, and civil society experts on gender, business and environment shared their insights on challenges and opportunities for green economy in the country, including through PAGE. 
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Following the landmark global agreements on sustainable development sealed in 2015, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the end of 2016 prompted the question: can the world sustain this hard-fought momentum
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Upcoming Events
PAGE Ministerial Conference 2017
27-28 March, 2017 - Berlin, Germany

How do we achieve prosperity for all on a healthy planet? The PAGE Ministerial 2017 will represent a moment in time to rethink and reframe financial and economic policies for delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. 

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Green Economy News - Around the Web

  • Solar power growth  leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China
  • Rhode Island targets 1 GW of clean energy by end of 2020
  • Rwanda pushes for more renewables.
  • New UN Environment video on "Green fiscal policies: Aligning prices and mobilizing resources for climate change and sustainable development"
  • Philippines' Environment Secretary unveils a multi-billion peso plan to transform mining areas into "green economies" 
  • China's premier unveils smog-busting plan to 'make skies blue again'
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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