May 2016
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Story of the Month - May

Egypt Launches a National Strategy for Green Economy

On the side-lines of the African Ministers Conference on Environment (AMCEN), held in Cairo from 16 to 19 April 2016, Egypt launched a national strategy on Green Economy. Africa leaders at AMCEN called for the promotion of a clear development vision for Africa in the context of the international sustainability agenda, and Egypt took an important step in this direction with the release of the national strategy for green economy.
The sixth special session of AMCEN, held under the theme " Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa", gathered over 50 African leaders to tackle sustainable development, desertification, climate change, and to deliberate on how to move forward with regard to the implementation of the 2 030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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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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The Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Senegal (CESE) invited PAGE agencies to a consultative meeting on green economy strategies and objectives in Senegal
PAGE representatives provided members of the CESE a briefing on the partnership and discussed strategies and policies to achieve inclusive and green growth in the context of Senegal's national sustainable development priorities.

The Mongolian Bankers Association, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia, PAGE, UNEP Finance Initiative and the Global Green Growth Institute, is organizing a kick-off meeting of the Green Credit Fund Working Group on 12 May 2016. The meeting will bring together representatives from the Government, banking sector and international development agencies to inform stakeholders about recent policy developments at the global and national levels

Peru has achieved significant economic growth in the ten years leading to 2014. However, this economic performance is considered unsustainable in the long term because it is based on intensive exploitation of natural resources. The current administration sees green economy as a tool that will guide the country towards sustainable development by reconciling economic development with greater social equity and wealth distribution, while improving efficiency in the use of natural resources.

A workshop on the first country results of the application of an Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) tool took place in Geneva, organized by PAGE, under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s leadership.
The workshop presented  the case of Mexico and the application of the IGEM to assess the implementation of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Laws.

Country Updates

Green Economy News - Around the Web

China halted plans for new coal-fired power stations in many parts of the country.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister
: eco-friendly industrialization holds huge private sector potential.

Rwanda: environmentalists discussed green growth and climate resilience at a meeting held in partnership with UNEP

One small island in Denmark is technically 100 percent powered by sustainable sources of energy. Could the experiment succeed anywhere else? 

Chinese state-owned companies are expected to boost their investment in Australia's expanding renewable energy sector.

How China  is working to green the global economy.

UNEP report provides roadmap for solar energy exports from Ghana
Upcoming Events
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.
UNEA-2: Media Roundtable "Are we on the Same PAGE for the Agenda 2030?"
May 26, 2016 - Nairobi, Kenya

The event will celebrate the joining of three new countries to the PAGE community: Barbados, Kyrgyz Republic and Brazil (Mato Grosso State) in a handshake event with the press, PAGE funding partners and PAGE agency partners. The media roundtable will provide an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the importance of partnerships for achieving the SDGs.
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.