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World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit

By UN environment

The world committed to a pollution-free planet at the close of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, with resolutions and pledges promising to improve the lives of billions across the globe by cleaning up our air, land and water.
If every promise made in and around the summit is met, 1.49 billion more people will breathe clean air, 480,000 km (or around 30 per cent) of the world's coastlines will be clean, and USD 18.6 billion for research and development and innovative programmes to combat pollution will come online.

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USD 35 MILLION COMMITTED TO UN PARTNERSHIP TACKLING POLLUTION THROUGH GREEN ECONOMY

The European Union, Finland, Germany, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden and Switzerland committed USD 35 million to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). The partnership of five UN agencies supports countries in greening their economies and tackling environmental challenges, while promoting better jobs and stable  economic growth.
BURKINA FASO IDENTIFIES OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOINT COLLABORATION ON GREEN ECONOMY
     
On 13 December 2017, PAGE organized a planning workshop between three active development initiatives in Burkina Faso, namely the  Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the  Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and  SWITCH Africa Green (SAG). The workshop took place at the Directorate General of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change at the  Ministry of Environment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR TRADE IN ORGANIC AND BIODIVERSITY-BASED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Environment and Trade Hub , under the framework of PAGE and in collaboration with IFOAM Organics International  and Afri-Trade , conducted a stakeholder engagement and technical training workshop on Leveraging Trade in Organic and Biodiversity-based Agricultural Products through South African Value Chains. The two-day workshop gathered nearly 30 participants from the South African government departments, civil society, sector and certification bodies, and the private sector and aimed to enhance policymakers knowledge of opportunities for sustainable export. 

PAGE HOLDS JIANGSU PROVINCIAL ACADEMY ON GREEN ECONOMY

The United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) held its first provincial-level Green Economy Academy in Jiangsu's Taizhou city. The two-day event gathers more than 50 participants, including environmental scholars, policymakers and front-line environmental bureau officers from seven municipalities in Jiangsu for an interactive learning experience on advancing green economy transition in Jiangsu.

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SENEGAL AND BURKINA FASO PROVIDE TRAINING OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP TO SUPPORT GREEN ENTERPRISE CREATION AND GREEN BUSINESS

PAGE organized a SIYB (ILO Training Tool on Business Creation and Management) Training of Trainers workshop on the ILO Green Business Booklet from 27 to 29 November 2017 at the Fleur de Lys Hotel in Dakar.  26 participants (8 women and 18 men) took part in this training including 17 SIYB trainers of Senegal and 5 SIYB trainers of Burkina Faso, 3 officials from  Senegal and one official from Burkina as beneficiaries of the future training activities.
Country Updates
PAGE  Peru participated in two external events: Ashoka´s Social Changemaker Day in Lima, on 14 November, with Peru 2021 (private sector and social entrepreneurs), and at the High-level regional forum on the implementation of Convention No.169 on indigenous and tribal peoples, on 23-24 November.

PAGE and GGGI are collaborating on the integration of green growth concepts into the Burkina Faso National Green Economy Strategy. 

On 8th December, an event on "Green Economy - Circular Economy - Secondary Resources Economy.... Are We Talking About the Same Thing?" is going to be held at the Science Forum of South Africa 2017.

  

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
Green Industrial Policy - Concept, Policies, Country Experiences
17 January, London, UK

The report 'Green Industrial Policy - Concept, Policies, Country Experiences' will be presented at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources by Tilman Altenberg, head of the Department "Sustainable Economic and Social Development" at the German Development Institute (DIE) and Anna Pegels is Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE). 

UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018
15 -18 July, New York, USA

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
The theme will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. 

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. 

 
The joint report "Green Industrial Policy: Concepts, Policies, Country Experiences" by The German Development Institute (DIE) and UN Environment, in the framework of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), discusses the conceptual foundations of 'Green Industrial Policy' and presents specific policy reforms that may help to balance environmental sustainability and wealth creation. By redefining the parameters of industrial policy to include ecological and resource efficiency measures, the report offers guidance to policy-makers and researchers alike, offering a comprehensive set of tools, case studies and recommendations for action.
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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

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What you need to know about the One Planet climate summit

"We shouldn't deceive ourselves," French President Emmanuel Macron told heads of state, chief executives and development leaders at his  One Planet climate summit this week. "We're having a good time, everything seems fantastic because we're getting together ..." But when it comes to keeping the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, as required by the Paris Agreement on climate change two years ago, Macron said, "we are in the process of losing the battle."

  • Investors to push highest-emitting companies to do more on climate
  • Pollution is the greatest enemy of Green Economy
  • Global warming boosted Hurricane Harvey's rainfall by at least 15 percent, studies find
  • EU eyes capital offer for banks to boost climate financing
  • Guyana's oil sector should fund 'green economy'; divert fossil fuel cash to climate change resilience
  • Why big oil is slowly turning green
  • Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy
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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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