PAGE Annual Report 2019
PAGE brings together five United Nations agencies – the UN Environment Programme, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research – to provide integrated and holistic support to countries on eradicating poverty, increasing jobs and social equity, strengthening livelihoods and environmental stewardship and sustaining growth, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication of efforts.
PAGE welcomed Thailand and Morocco in 2019 reaching its target of 20 partner countries, while simultaneously preparing to move into the next decade of work. In its next phase, PAGE will deepen its engagement partner countries and widen its alliance with other institutions, initiatives and programmes, including from the private sector and civil society.
The world is in urgent need of a sustainability revolution. Continuing with the current trajectories of our economies is not an option in an era of climate breakdown, increasing environmental risks and scarcities, growing economic uncertainty, unprecedented inequalities and technological innovations. Achieving the SDGs, climate and Post-2020 Biodiversity Targets requires an unprecedented economic transformation in which the growth of jobs, income and prosperity is driven by investments in solutions for global sustainability challenges.
This transformation requires a major reframing of national economic and development planning that is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the climate and biodiversity targets, and global sustainability frameworks. We, the partners of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), have developed a model for supporting partner countries in a just and fair transition to an economy that is low-carbon, resource efficient, and equitable, that is, an inclusive green economy.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was conceived at Rio+20 to support countries in reframing economic policies and development plans for this transition. When PAGE embarked on this journey in 2012 at Rio+20, the path was still an uncertain one. Since then, it has become clear that concerted efforts by five UN agencies – leveraging their specialized expertise, networks and partners from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia – can catalyse a wave of change that has an impact far greater than the sum of its parts. PAGE has already delivered inspiring results by aligning its engagement with national development aspirations for prosperity, jobs, gender and social equality.
The collective efforts of five United Nations agencies, eight funding partners and 20 partner countries, under the auspices of PAGE, have delivered solid results including assisting partner countries in developing 68 national policies and development plans, training over 6,000 green economy practitioners and inspiring 96 countries to act on greening their economies.
- The year started with the Third PAGE Ministerial Conference, held in Cape Town in January 2019, gathering over 500 innovators and leaders from 50 countries for a unique global forum on green economy.
- The third Global Academy on Green Economy in October 2019 provided a forum to deepen knowledge and initiate South-South Collaboration to 100 participants from 34 countries.
- With PAGE support, new national and cross-sectoral plans integrating green economy objectives were launched in 2019, among others, in Uruguay, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Kyrgyz Republic.
- At the sectoral level, several new policies, strategies and action plans were adopted, e.g. on renewable energy in the State of Mato Grosso, on green industry in Burkina Faso, circular economy in Uruguay, and sustainable public procurement and construction in Mongolia.
- PAGE reached its target of 20 partner countries, with Thailand and Morocco joining the partnership in 2019.
- The first countries to join PAGE in 2013 and 2014 have developed their sustainability strategies to keep the momentum for transformative change as programme support phases out.
- Over 6000 individuals to date have been trained through an array of PAGE global, national and sub-national level trainings, while national universities and civil servant colleges continue to embed green economy into their curricula.
- 2019 saw the launch of the GGKP Green Industry and Green Finance Platforms and a new E-learning Course on Sustainable Finance, all innovative global tools to support policymaking.
- The PAGE 2030 Strategy was agreed among funding partners and agencies, leading the partnership into the next decade. Contributions to PAGE increased to USD 76 million in 2019.
There is an unprecedented opportunity in the sustainability challenges that our world is facing today: to stabilize the ecological foundation of our economies, reform industrial and natural resource sectors, revamp the financial systems and, most importantly, to create an economy and future world that is socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable and rich in job opportunities and growth. To complement state-led efforts, civil society and private sector organizations are increasingly rallying behind the global push for a fairer and greener economic model that responds to the needs of formal and informal economies. Regional intergovernmental bodies are contributing to this vision of sustainability and there is a strong market interest in financial products and instruments that can support the transition to an inclusive green economy.
PAGE is proud to be the humble partner of 20 countries on their journey to a truly sustainable and inclusive economy, with many more countries benefiting from inspiration, discussion, exchange, knowledge and capacity building at global level.
Building on this strong foundation, PAGE will enter a new phase: between 2021 and 2030. The Partnership will deepen its engagement with current partner countries, assist new countries in integrated economic policy development and national planning, and widen its alliance with other institutions, initiatives and programmes, including from the private sector and civil society, with special attention to youth and gender movements. The objective is to catalyze and strengthen a fair and green economic transformation. These activities will add to the momentum for a sustainability revolution and create an enabling environment to achieve goals and targets of global sustainability agreements, especially the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement and Post-2020 Biodiversity framework.
PAGE will also widen its alliance with other institutions, initiatives and programmes, including regional actors, the private sector, civil society, and youth and gender movements. To bring the impact to a global scale, PAGE will support South–South and Triangular cooperation, create a Green Economy Challenge Fund, provide global capacity-building services, contribute to global agenda-setting on greening of economies, and raise public awareness.
PAGE is increasingly recognized as a delivery mechanism for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.
PAGE coordinates its work to ensure its in-country and global activities and achievements are aligned with the SDGs.
Partnership for Action on Green Economy
PAGE aims to put sustainability at the heart of economic policymaking and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement on Climate Change through inclusive green economy approaches by bringing together the expertise of five specialized UN agencies (UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization and UN Institute for Training and Research).
PAGE supports nations and regions to:
- achieve sustainable and green growth
- create green jobs
- address inequality and climate change
- advance green industrial development
- and improve skills, knowledge and institutional capacity
PAGE is currently supporting 20 countries and provinces/states: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, Morocco, and Thailand.
PAGE by numbers
PAGE is funded by 8 partners and in-kind contributions.
Partnerships, South-South Cooperation & Exchange
PAGE can do more with less through its ability to convene national and international partners in knowledge exchange.
What is an inclusive green economy?
In its simplest expression, an 'inclusive green economy' is low-carbon, efficient and clean in production and also inclusive in consumption and outcomes; based on sharing, circularity, collaboration, solidarity, resilience, opportunity, and interdependence.
An inclusive green economy is focused on expanding options and choices for national economies, using targeted and appropriate fiscal and social protection policies, and backed up by strong institutions that are specifically geared to safeguarding social and ecological floors. It recognizes that there are many and diverse pathways to environmental sustainability.
Six Graduating Countries
Six countries—Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, Ghana, Mauritius and Burkina Faso—entered the final phase of their initial engagement with PAGE in 2018, nearing or reaching the end of their five-year funding programme. These countries represent the first two cohorts to graduate from PAGE. Going forward, they will continue to be a vital part of the PAGE family, serving as green economy champions and facilitating South-South exchange.
Six Continuing Countries
PAGE continued its work with six partner countries in 2019 – Jiangsu Province (China), Mato Grosso (Brazil), South Africa, Guyana, Kyrgyz Republic and Uruguay. Each country has a unique story to tell on its progress towards green economic transition.
China, Jiangsu Province
Brazil, Mato Grosso State
Six Inception Countries
PAGE welcomed five new partners in 2018 – Argentina, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Kazakhstan. 2019 was the year of the critical inception phase, during which priority areas are identified, stakeholders mobilised and an action plan developed to support results. Barbados also re-set its PAGE programme and redefined priority areas after a new government took office in 2018.
Two New PAGE Countries
PAGE is pleased to welcome two new countries in 2019 - Morocco and Thailand. With the selection of these countries, the target of supporting 20 countries by 2020 has been achieved.
In addition to working in-country, PAGE influences policy in support of inclusive green economy at a global level.
Working closely with policymakers and the private sector, PAGE has helped to formulate, adopt, finance and implement economic and sectoral policies and practices. To achieve these objectives, PAGE is delivering results in four outcome areas.
Countries have reinforced and integrated Inclusive Green Economy goals and targets into UN Sustainable Development Goals-aligned national economic and development planning.
Partner countries are implementing evidence-based sectoral and thematic reforms in line with inclusive green economy priorities.
Individual, institutional and planning capacities for inclusive green economy action strengthened at national and global level.
Countries have improved their knowledge base for advancing inclusive green economy.