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January 2017
Story of the month
China tackles climate change and honors the Paris Agreement

Chinese president Xi Jinping highlighted the need for action on climate change in an address to the United Nations in Geneva on the 18th of this month. In his speech, Xi referenced the Paris Agreement, and emphasized the role of governments around the world in ensuring the agreement is adhered to and upheld in upcoming years

PAGE Ministerial Conference 2017:
How can we transition to a sustainable world economy?

Looking back at the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the achievements of 2015 are giving way to a growing understanding, among decision makers from public and private sector, that making a transition to an inclusive green economy is necessary. On March 27-28, over 350 ministers, heads of UN Agencies, business and thought leaders, representatives from civil society and development partners will convene in Berlin at the PAGE Ministerial Conference 2017 to discuss what it takes to further a "just transition" to economies which are more inclusive, stable and sustainable.
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PAGE identifies green trade opportunities in South Africa 

In South Africa, PAGE intends to contribute to green economy policy implementation through improved collaboration and coordination, enhanced sectoral reform and improved capacities in government institutions and collaborating partners. The South Africa Green Economy Industry and Trade Analysis, which is focused on sectoral reform, is implemented by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies on behalf of PAGE and government partners, to identify and assess sectors or industrial segments that offer particular opportunities for green industrial development, both for import substitution and for and exports. 
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What are the benefits of greening trade? How can trade drive the transition to an inclusive green economy in environmental goods and services?
Geared towards policymakers and other stakeholders globally, the new e-learning course 'Green Economy and Trade', organized by UN Environment and UN Institute for Training and Research, starts on 13 March 2017, and introduces concepts at the nexus of trade and the environment, and practical applications in 6 weeks. The registration deadline is 6 March 2017.

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On 26-27 January, members of the PAGE team and Management Board met in France along with partners including UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative, Green Growth Knowledge Platform, and UNEP Finance Initiative. The group discussed how PAGE can increase its support to countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally Determined Contributions, how PAGE can catalyze a global transition to an inclusive green economy by engaging more countries, and how to increase delivery of capacity building and knowledge generation services. 
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

  • Scotland sets its renewable sights higher
  • Major pension fund joins the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition for carbon-smart investments
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the power of green business
  • The UNEP Inquiry's predictions and prescriptions for green finance in 2017
  • Saudi Arabia announces plans to invest $30bn-$50bn in solar and wind energy
  • China's private sector is buying into green economy 
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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