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PAGE catalyses transition to a greener and more inclusive economy
In November, a flurry of green events were held around the globe demonstrating the need for a common agenda and shared climate action. The  Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) supported several of these events throughout the month. The events embodied a growing realization in both the public and the private sectors that economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. The increasing need to curb pollution and to share knowledge for climate action is now closely tied with more economic benefits.
 
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By Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, UN PAGE
The United Nations  Partnership for Action on Green Economy  (UN PAGE) and  Reuters Plus , the branded content studio of t he world's largest international multimedia news provider, today announce a new, media-based partnership around key UN PAGE events.The partnership, which complements both parties' sustainable development goals, will focus on shared promotional activity around UN PAGE events and reports, as well as social media cooperation.
PAGE hosts a side event at COP 23 to the UNFCCC

By International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services 

PAGE hosted a side event at COP 23, addressing the question:  How to build green and inclusive economies to implement the Paris Agreement?  This event convened on 9 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The event aimed to: explore policy innovations developed by countries to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and consider perspectives from international organizations.
 
Over 150 representatives from government, business and civil society have come together on 23 November in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic to discuss the way forward in the country's transition to a Green Economy. Kyrgyz Republic joined the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in 2016 and since confirmed its strong interest in taking the country forward on a sustainable path in light of the many challenges that the small mountainous country faces, with limited arable land, high dependence on natural resources and high vulnerability to climate risk.
Country Updates
Training on waste management and recycling for cooperatives under  Senegal National Programme on Waste Management took place on 11-17 November 2017.

Burkina Faso  and  Senegal had a training of trainers on green entrepreneurship on 27-29 November 2017. 

PAGE hosted South Africa Green Modelling stocktaking workshop  under the work stream 'Strengthening Green Economy Modelling with a Focus on the Water-Biodiversity Nexus'  on 28 November 2017. A  stakeholder engagement and technical training workshop on Trade in Organic and Biodiversity based Agriculture  took place in South Africa on 20-21 November.

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
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. 

Global Forum on Just Transition
5 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Forum on Just Transition aims to bring together policymakers, representatives from the workers' and employers' organizations and leading researchers, to exchange policy experiences, knowledge and practices. It is a contribution to efforts for promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change with a view to advance a just  transition for all and the creation of decent work and quality jobs, in accordance with nationally defined development priorities.
The Forum will take place back to back with the  GAIN Conference , which will take place the 6 and 7 December 2017.

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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Learning and sharing opportunities

Want to find out about inclusive green economy events, courses and training materials?
Learngreeneconomy  is a free network announcement and coordination list for practitioners active in learning for an inclusive green economy. This email-based list serves as a knowledge-sharing platform that promotes inclusive green economy learning-related activities and events, thus advancing the objectives of PAGE's Global Forum on Green Economy Learning. 


PAGE developed a tool-box to guide policy makers in the application of trade-related green industrial policy options to promote a country's economic competitiveness while advancing environmental protection and social inclusiveness. The publication  provides policy makers and green economy professionals with an overview over trade-related green industrial policy tools available and clarifies their structure and operation, while outlining their implications with regard to trade policy. 

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Slides and Recordings of Webinars

Visit PAGE website for the slides and recordings of previous webinars.
What we're reading

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn't go up at all, scientists reported Monday.
Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came from China.
The report by the  Global Carbon Project  team dashed hopes that emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas had peaked.
"We hoped that we had turned the corner... We haven't," said study co-author Rob Jackson, an Earth scientist at Stanford University. Carbon dioxide emissions rose steadily and slowly starting in the late 1880s with the Industrial Revolution, then took off dramatically in the 1950s.  In the last three years, levels had stabilized at about 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide (36.2 billion metric tons).
Estimates for 2017 put it at about 40.8 billion tons (37 billion metric tons). Sixty years ago, the world spewed only 9.2 billion tons (8.3 billion metric tons).
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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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