November 2017
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The UN Environment Environment and Trade Hub, under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), and in collaboration with the  Research Institute for Global Value ChainsInternational Trade Centre (ITC) and Suzhou Bureau of Commerce, organized a two-day training in Suzhou, on Sustainable Textile Trade and Global Value Chains.

On Thursday, the 28th of September 2017, the Peruvian National Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion (MTPE)'s Impulsa Peru programme organized its first discussion on how the country can achieve SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth - centred on "Employment and Sustainability for the 2030 Agenda." The event featured comments from the PAGE National Coordinator in Peru, Miguel Ángel Beretta.

Country Updates
The PAGE supported Industrial Waste Assessment has now been endorsed by the Cabinet of
Mauritius. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Consumer Protection will be taking forward the recommendations of the assessment.

Peru held a National Steering Committee meeting to discuss  the 2018 work plan and the sustainability strategy.These documents will serve as part of a roadmap that will be presented in a PAGE high level meeting, with Ministries and funding partners, by the end of the year. 
PAGE Peru participated in Nexos +1, a private sector fair for sustainability, will take place on Oct 24-25 with the participation of the Programme Director of the Green Economy Coalition (GEC): new Green Industry Forum hosted by the Ministry of Production, held on October 11th.

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
Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 
6-17 November 2017, Bonn, Germany
PAGE Provincial Academy on Green Economy
20-21 November 2017, Nanjing, China

Building on the momentum of the Phase II launch of PAGE in Jiangsu province, PAGE will host a green economy academy in Nanjing. The academy will invite policymakers, academics and thought-leaders to come together and learn about key green economy concepts, including green finance, green economy modelling tools and green industrial policy, and how they can be applied in the context of Jiangsu province.

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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GAIN Conference: Just Transitions
6-7 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

The Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN)  is hosting his second conference this year the 6 and 7 December 2017. The conference will highlight both the positive and negative social and employment related outcomes of the Paris Agreement and structural change away from fossil fuel and a resource intensive economic growth model. While a just transition towards green societies and economies has the potential to create millions of jobs, it is necessary to also focus on regions falling into long term unemployment and decline, assessing their potentials, labour skills and needs. 

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What we're reading
Last week, Trump's EPA administrator  Scott Pruitt announced,  "the war on coal is over." If there ever was a war on coal, the coal industry has lost. According to  a new report  from the Union of Concerned Scientists, many old American coal power plants are being retired or converted to natural gas, and new coal power plants aren't being built because they've become more expensive than natural gas, wind, and solar energy: 
"The share of US electricity coming from coal fell from 51 percent in 2008 to 31 percent in 2016-an unprecedented change. New UCS analysis finds that, of the coal units that remain, roughly one in four plans to retire or convert to natural gas; another 17 percent are uneconomic and could face retirement soon."

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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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