Achieving Outcome 3
Under outcome 3, PAGE has been supporting partner countries by way of designing and implementing nationally tailored training packages and programmes on specific priority areas with the overall objective of capacity building and awareness creation on Inclusive Green Economy (IGE).
Achievements under outcome 3 so far by end of 2019:
- 70 national institutions have strengthened their capacity to deliver IGE policy analysis or training or to lead policy and stakeholder consultation processes.
- 6,567 people (3,389 additional people in 2019) have been trained through national and sub-national level training programmes and in globally or regionally offered on-line training programmes and on- campus training programmes.
- An average of 81% of course and training participants have reported to have increased their capacity in IGE related issues in national, global and regional training programmes.
- 15 training packages (2 additional packages in 2019) of IGE training programmes and specific training modules have been offered to countries (at global and national level).
In-country activities for Outcome 3
To strengthen individual and institutional capacity the University of West Indies (UWI) has been acknowledged as the key technical partner for the PAGE programme. For 2020, PAGE identified the following areas to strengthen capacity:
- Delivering foundational training on IGE to policymakers through a combination of face-to-face and online trainings, customised to address Barbados' blue-green economy priorities;
- Collaborating with UWI to integrate existing PAGE e-courses, contextualised to local/regional conditions;
- Undertaking a feasibility study, in partnership with UWI, for the establishment of a small island development state (SIDS) green economy regional knowledge transfer hub; and
- Providing training on sustainable finance for green economy and climate resilience to stakeholders in the national financial services industry.
Brazil, Mato Grasso State
PAGE is supporting capacity building through a detailed assessment of learning needs, together with training across several thematic and sectoral areas, including waste management, tourism and agriculture. Examples of PAGE support include:
- Assessing learning needs: Under the guidance of PAGE, the Federal University of Mato Grosso commenced a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment in October 2019. A workshop was held in November 2019 to discuss the preliminary results, with work due to be completed in 2020. This supports SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs to promote sustainable development.
- Building capacity to deliver IGE training: In 2020, steps will be taken to develop and implement an action plan with academic institutions to review and adjust curricula for selected faculty in order to integrate IGE elements, including green finance and economic modelling. In addition, a programme will be established to train and certify trainers from the civil service and business associations. These activities support SDG 17, target 17.9 by building institutional capacity.
Several trainings have been delivered supporting SDG 4, target 4.7 by ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development:
- Brazilian stakeholders from UFMT participated in a three-day training course in July 2018 in collaboration with the Austrian Energy Agency to improve knowledge and skills on technologies and design and management of micro-grid technology;
- The State Secretariat of Tourism and SEBRAE-MT jointly hosted a PAGE supported workshop on sustainable tourism in March 2019 with 34 entrepreneurs from the private sector and 40 public managers;
- A training on building strategies for sustainable tourism in Mato Grosso was held in June 2019 with 14 participants;
- Three workshops were held on the Management Plan for Cuiabá Historic centre in October 2019 with 94 participants;
- Four workshops were held in October 2019 to support use of the methodology to subsidise the regularisation and analysis of informal rural settlements with 311 participants;
- A workshop was held entitled “Inclusive Green Economy – Building Skills for Tomorrow’s Economy” in November 2019 with 58 participants to support work on green jobs and green growth; and
- Three workshops were held in December 2019 to support implementation of the SEIAF with 171 participants.
PAGE participated in the 2019 Americas Regional Conference on Green Economy in June 2019 held in Fortaleza, Brazil, which raised regional awareness by showcasing and scaling up the impact of evidence-based green economy solutions already proven to be successful. In November 2019, a webinar entitled “Experiences, Learned Lessons and Lines of Action from the Global Academy for the Green Economy – Thinking Technology as a Tool for Global Education on Green Economy” was organized by PAGE Uruguay and Argentina with participants from Brazil, Peru and Mexico. In December 2019, a delegation from Mato Grosso visited Uruguay for an exchange workshop on capacity building and meetings with national institutions on vocational training and circular economy. This work supports SDG 17, target 17.16, by promoting partnerships that share knowledge and expertise.
Burkina Faso took an institutional approach to training green entrepreneurs, as well as agricultural stakeholders through a train-the-trainer programme, run with local partners with a proven multiplier effect. PAGE support to individual and institutional capacity building is highlighted below:
Several activities have been completed to build institutional capacity within learning institutions and businesses:
- Assessing learning and development needs: PAGE supported the development of a Green Economy Learning Assessment in coordination with the Centre for Economic and Social Development of the University of Ouagadougou. A national action plan for green economy learning was developed based on this assessment and the SNEV. This action plan is focused on agriculture as a priority sector, targeting decision makers, professionals and learning institutions, in line with the PNDES and SNEV. It is also part of PAGE’s support for the implementation of PNSR 2. This contributes to SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs.
- Incorporating IGE into national curricula: PAGE partnered with the ENEF and the IUFIC to develop and implement a green economy course on sustainable agriculture, with the first training delivered in November 2019. In collaboration with a multi-stakeholder training review committee, PAGE has been working to ensure involvement of women in this and other capacity-building activities. This supports SDG 17, 17.16, by enhancing stakeholder partnerships and SDG 5, target 5.C, by promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
- Fostering green entrepreneurship: Five trainers from the Maison de l’Entreprise who were trained on green entrepreneurship by PAGE in 2017 went on to train 20 coaches working with small- and medium-sized enterprises. Based on these achievements, an agreement was signed in May 2019 to coach 10 pilot enterprises to green their business. This activity supports SDG 8, target 8.5 on achieving both productive and decent employment for all.
Several trainings were delivered in 2019 supporting SDG 4, target 4.7 by ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development:
- In July, 27 participants attended a train-the-trainer on IGE and sustainable agriculture to build capacity within the ENEF. These trainers went on to teach four of the modules to 50 public officials in November 2019;
- In October 2019, a training of stakeholders in the NTPFP sector on sustainable trade took place with 75 participants;
- In November 2019, a training of 48 rural staff on sustainable agriculture and the GE was held to build the capacity of managers from the Ministries of Agriculture, Water, Animal Resources and the Environment; and
- Two trainings were delivered in December 2019 in Bobo Dioulasso and one in Ouagadougou with 80 participants from various ministries, building on the study on environmental fiscal reform carried out by PAGE in 2017.
Burkina Faso has engaged most closely with Senegal, with representatives attending a train-the-trainer event to support green entrepreneurism. Further opportunities for South-South exchange with Senegal are being explored for early 2020, with government officials invited to attend a training in Senegal on green economy modelling. Following the 2019 Global Green Academy held in October in Turin, representatives from India have been in discussion with Burkina Faso regarding the availability of solar pumps.
China, Jiangsu Province
PAGE has supported capacity building in Jiangsu and beyond through the organization of events, partnerships with provincial stakeholders and the development of networks/platforms. In particular, China has made significant efforts to collaborate internationally.
The following activities have been undertaken to raise awareness of IGE and build capacity:
- Raising awareness: A provincial Green Economy Academy was held in 2017 to increase knowledge of IGE. It brought together policymakers and environmental bureau officers from seven Jiangsu municipalities to discuss social inclusiveness, green development potential, modelling/indicator tools, and the application of natural capital accounting.
- Building capacity: A capacity building workshop was held on 2-4 December 2019 for selected Jiangsu industrial park management on the implementation tools and International Framework on EIPs. This brought together policymakers, park administrators, business representatives, scholars and NGOs to share and discuss practical tools, techniques and opportunities in greening industrial parks. These activities contribute to SDG 17, target 17.6, by enhancing South-South Cooperation, and target 17.9, by increasing international support for capacity-building to assist SDG implementation.
The capacity of Nanjing University to provide evidence-based policy analysis and advisory services has been strengthened. The GEP measurement framework has also been utilized by Fujian Normal University to monitor the GEP on provincial and city levels, fostering a learning network amongst universities. A Green Development Workshop on 2-6 December 2019 provided a platform for dialogue and learning amongst government, research institutes, trade unions and enterprises. This work supports SDG 4, target 4.7 by promoting the skills and knowledge needed for sustainable development through education.
Led by ILO and MoHRSS, PAGE promotes Green Jobs through Social Dialogue by engaging policymakers and industrial park stakeholders in Social Dialogue Round Tables and exploring strategies to promote green jobs alongside green industrial development. The first roundtable in April 2019 in Beijing shared good practices focused on green employment policies and established a roadmap for supporting green jobs, leading to the formation of a working group with local government experts. The second roundtable on 4-6 December 2019 in Suzhou focused on green jobs, Just Transition and the promotion of gender equality. This supports SDG 17, target 17.6 by supporting partnerships and SDG 8, target 8.5 by promoting decent work for all.
PAGE has collaborated with government institutions, universities and academia to strengthen foundational learning on IGE. This has supported achievement of SDG 4, by ensuring that learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, and SDG 13, by improving education, awareness and individual and institutional capacity. Examples include:
Several activities have been conducted to build the institutional capacity of primary and secondary schools, all the way up to university level:
- PAGE, with the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), has started to design a nationally tailored course on green finance for public officials. A competency framework has been developed, to be further discussed with national stakeholders, before using as the basis for course development in early 2020; and
- In collaboration with the One UN:CC Learn, PAGE has been working to introduce green economy in the curricula of primary and secondary schools, with funding and technical support provided to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Education Service and MESTI. Learning materials were completed, and teaching commenced in September 2019.
- In April 2018, a training was organised on the implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) within identified energy intensive industries. This was followed by a training of mining sector engineers and business managers on ISO 50001 certification - an international standard focused on energy management;
- A series of media trainings have been conducted in collaboration with MESTI. The first took place in July 2015, with 15 media houses attending and media coverage from national outlets. Another two events took place in June and July 2018, with 60 media practitioners given a background on IGE principles in order to enhance reporting; and
- Training series delivered in 2018 and 2019 to over 280 staff of 24 MMDAs across the three regions of Northern Ghana to support long-term mainstreaming of green economy goals and targets into local development plans.
PAGE has supported capacity building in Guyana, focussing not only on training of government stakeholders, but also the media, civil society and the wider public. This will help to build momentum for green economy policies and create ownership of a shared vision.
Several capacity building activities have been undertaken to build the individual, and in turn, institutional capacity of the following stakeholder groups:
- Government officials: PAGE has built the capacity of staff at the Ministry of Finance to use system dynamics modelling, holding three training events in February 2018 and one in March 2019. A total of about 30 staff have been trained to date. This contributes to SDG 17, target 17.9, by supporting capacity for planning and implementing the SDGs.
- The media: Media training was conducted as part of Green Economy Week in March 2019, with a total of 10 media professionals trained. Additional training is being discussed for 2020 as part of a proposed second edition of the Green Economy Week. PAGE work in this area supports SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change.
- General public: A total of five Green Conversations – high profile, public and media events that provide an open, non-partisan, inclusive space for Guyanese to learn about and engage with green development issues – have been held throughout 2018 and 2019 in various locations across Guyana. These events have drawn a combined audience of approximately 200 with an online reach of more than 12,000 participants through live streaming. The events facilitated information sharing from an internationally-renowned expert on key themes. The Green Conversations are now an established brand that will be continued during implementation of the Green State Development Strategy. This work has contributed to SDG 17, targets 17.16 and 17.17, by promoting knowledge sharing and fostering effective partnerships.
Guyana was invited by China’s Foreign Environmental Cooperation Centre of Ministry of Ecology and Environment to participate in a 15-day training course on Climate Change and Green & Low Carbon Development in Beijing in December 2019. One staff member from the Department of Environment attended to learn best practices via courses and field trips, exchange experiences and boost South-South cooperation. This supports SDG 17, target 17.6, by enhancing international cooperation and knowledge sharing.
In addition to the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment developed in 2018, a core element of Kyrgyz Republic’s capacity-building efforts is the annual Green Economy Week, which supports knowledge-sharing on both national and international levels. Several other initiatives to build individual and institutional capacity have been completed, with more planned for 2020:
Several activities have been conducted in line with sectoral and thematic priorities, supporting SDG 4, target 4.7, by enhancing knowledge and skills and SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education on climate change. In addition, capacity-building activities are planned for 2020 on sustainable and climate resilient agriculture, waste management and green jobs, and energy management and eco-industrial parks:
- Green modelling: Modelling training was carried out as part of Green Economy Week in November 2019. A training was also conducted by an international expert to support capacity strengthening within the Ministry of Economy, with 15 attendees. A second workshop was supported by GIZ to further bolster knowledge within this group. In addition, PAGE is in discussions with this international expert on a global course on IGE modelling;
- Monitoring and reporting: Five training workshops have been conducted with staff from the Unit of Strategic Development Policy, Economy and Finance (SDPEF) of the President’s Office to strengthen their skills on monitoring and reporting;
- Media awareness-raising: In 2018, 12 journalists received training on sustainable financing and procurement, green energy and environment in advance of Green Week; and
- General IGE knowledge: A collection of analytical and information articles have been compiled into a digest on Green Economy in Russian, aiming to serve as a knowledge product for civil servants.
An Alliance has been formed among local universities to facilitate knowledge exchange and research on IGE. This will also enable stronger links between research and analysis and policymaking. To support knowledge-sharing and enhance linkages, PAGE will be collaborating with UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN:CC Learn) to bring together members of the University Alliance and other stakeholders to discuss IGE during a one week capacity-building event in 2020. Participants from Mongolia and Kazakhstan will be invited to facilitate South-South collaboration. In addition, a background study on green economy and climate change education will be conducted. This supports SDG 17, target 17.17, by promoting effective partnerships.
The exchange between Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia is a leading example of South-South and Triangular cooperation recognized in September 2018 in a report highlighting best practices in South-South and Triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system. Centred around two study visits and the yearly Green Economy Weeks, the exchange focused on a wide range of policy processes supporting a green economy transition, including development of national plans, sustainable public procurement, sustainable finance and waste management. Additional South- South exchange with China is planned for 2020. National Green Economy Weeks have also provided a forum for exchange with other countries, beyond the initial objective to enhance national ownership. This work aligns with SDG 17, targets 17.9 and 17.11 on global and regional collaboration.
PAGE has worked with government institutions, universities and academia on a national level to increase knowledge and capacity. Efforts have also been made to engage on an international level to share lessons and expand the partnership’s reach. Examples include:
PAGE supported completion of the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment in 2018 for civil servants, and entrepreneurs and workers in strategic sectors and signed an agreement in 2019 with the CSCM to integrate green economy into the college’s learning programmes. In 2020, CSCM will deliver courses on strategy planning and project management, integrating IGE principles to around 400 officers and train secondary teachers on IGE principles. This has supported SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs to promote sustainable development and 17.1 on enhancing national capacity for the SDGs.
Several examples of support to build green economy capacity can be provided, aligned with SDG 17, targets 17.1 and 17.9 on strengthening domestic resource mobilisation and enhancing national capacity for the SDGs:
- In 2017, a two-day train-the-trainer for 25 practitioners was held to support the delivery of high-quality training on green economy;
- Support was provided to ILO’s SME development programmes through a training needs analysis, workshops and monitoring and evaluation of trainers’ performance. In November 2019, PAGE supported the SCORE pilot training aimed at optimising the efficiency, productivity, cleaner production and competitiveness of SMEs through improved workplace cooperation;
- Representatives from government, the financial sector and academia received technical training on green bonds development, in partnership with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) to develop a Green Bonds Market;
- A three-day training was delivered in November 2017 on climate change adaptation and mitigation concepts and their linkages with budget-related expenditure to 150 representatives from 15 government ministries/departments. In March 2018, a follow-up session was held with local government.
During the Green Economy Forum, representatives from provincial governments (Western Cape and Gauteng) shared their experiences on public policy and private sector engagement towards green economy to promote learning from South-South experiences. As Mauritius enters its final year of PAGE, lessons have been shared from Burkina Faso and Mongolia. Aspects of Mauritius’ sustainability plan, were shared with other phase out countries, including Peru. These examples contributed to SDG 17, target 17.9, by facilitating international cooperation to support national implementation of the SDGs.
Mongolia has strengthened institutional and individual capacities for IGE action. It has also built public awareness through media training and communication campaigns and shared its knowledge and experience via lectures, press talks and interviews. Examples include:
PAGE has taken an institutional approach to building capacity, supporting SDG 17, target 17.16, by enhancing multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge and expertise:
- Formulating a learning strategy: The National Green Economy Learning Strategy was developed and transformed into sub-programme of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). It has also informed the Government’s Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development and the new Higher Education Policy;
- Collaborating with education institutions: PAGE has worked with Mongolian universities to integrate IGE into tertiary programmes and curricula, with a course of sustainable finance tested in April 2019. The textbook was distributed to other higher education institutions, with components integrated into six courses. A course on green modelling is being offered by the University of Finance and Economics and the National University of Mongolia and will be run at the Mongolian State University of Life Sciences from 2019-2020. Furthermore, a certified training on green buildings by the Construction Development Centre and Mongolian University of Science and Technology was established. Finally, a new introductory e-course on green economy has been developed in partnership with several Mongolian Universities to be launched in March 2020;
- Capacity-building in government: PAGE has built the capacity of national government stakeholders – including the Ministry of Finance, National Statistical Office (NSO) and MET – to carry policy work forward. In addition, it has worked with aimags to strengthen capacities to develop and elaborate aimag policy documents. Training on green economy has been delivered to nearly 200 policymakers from the Aimag Governor’s office and other institutions;
- Capacity-building of research institutes: With PAGE support, the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Centre (EPCRC) produced several reports on green development, including a stocktaking report, a green jobs mapping and a green economy policy assessment report. The Centre has developed the ability to run macro-economic models for assessing the impact of green investments on key parameters such as jobs, GDP growth and emissions; and
- Capacity building of businesses: The national architecture and design company (NAP LLC) that worked on the green school buildings design is working towards becoming the first Mongolian green building architecture company. In addition, the Mongolian Marketing Consulting Group (MMCG) carried out the demand for green credits and worked on drafting the Green Economy Learning Strategy. MMCG has established the Green Business Council to promote sustainable production and environmental management among SMEs.
PAGE has carried out several capacity-building activities for individuals, in line with SDG 4, target 4.7, by ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development. Examples include:
- IGE tools: In 2015, an IGE training manual was developed and used for several training events with the media and local and central government decision-makers;
- Study tours: In December 2015, a study group comprised of government stakeholders visited Sweden and the United States to gain insights on implementing IGE policies;
- SDGs and IGE concepts: A training event was organized in February 2016 for representatives from key ministries and the broader environmental sector on SDGs and the National Green Development Plan (NGDP);
- Green building energy and water efficiency: A training was held in September 2016 for policymakers and professionals working in the construction sector;
- SDGs and natural resource indicators: A workshop was held in May 2016 on SDGs and natural resource indicators for participants involved in policy development and monitoring; and
- Material flow accounts: A workshop was held in May 2016 on material flow for policymakers, academia and researchers.
The exchange between Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia is a leading example of South-South and Triangular cooperation recognized in September 2018 in a report highlighting best practices in South-South and Triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system. Centred around two study visits and the yearly Green Economy Weeks, the exchange focused on a wide range of policy processes supporting a green economy transition, including development of national plans, sustainable public procurement, sustainable finance and waste management. This exchange supported SDG 17, target 17.9 around international cooperation.
PAGE has worked with universities, government institutions and international training and research centres to increase knowledge and capability. Examples include:
Considerable efforts have been made to increase general and technical IGE knowledge across the following groups:
- Policymakers: From 2014 to 2018, eight workshops, presentations and training sessions in the T21 model were conducted, involving all target sectors. As a result, national experts have enhanced capacity to support evidence-based policymaking for the green economy transition, supporting SDG 17, target 17.19.
- Modelers: Workshops were conducted in August, September and November 2018 to develop capability in modelling sectoral policies using the Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) framework and T21 model. Two researchers have received training on the methodology and calibration tools for VENSIM simulation software for modelling work. This supports SDG 17, targets 17.18 and 17.19, by increasing the availability of data and measurements of progress.
- Media and general public: PAGE has accumulated a growing community of followers on its national website. In 2015 a national media competition entitled “journalists for green growth” rewarded journalists who seek to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of green growth. This work supports SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education, awareness-raising on climate change mitigation.
Efforts have been made throughout Peru’s involvement in the partnership to share experiences and lessons learnt. At the first consultation workshop for PAGE Uruguay in July 2017, the national coordinator for Peru was present to share experiences and lessons learned from PAGE implementation. Lessons from Mauritius regarding the development of a communications campaign as part of the sustainability strategy have also been shared with Peru.
In particular, Senegal is a successful example of an institutional approach to training green entrepreneurs through a training-of-trainers programme, run with local partners with a proven multiplier effect. PAGE’s efforts to strengthen capacity are outlined below:
Several capacity building activities have been undertaken to build institutional capacity as follows:
- Assessing learning needs: In October 2018, PAGE completed a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment, focusing on the public sector. The assessment supports the achievement of SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs;
- Developing local IGE training programmes: In the framework of PAGE, UNITAR and Ecole Nationale d’Administration established a cooperation to integrate training modules on IGE into the different elements of the school’s course programme – with seven modules already being used in its continuing formation. Through this training, policymakers and civil servants will be given a strong foundation in green economy that they can apply to their areas of work in judiciary, fiscal policy, customs and public management. This supports SDG 17, target 17.9, by enhancing international support for implementing effective capacity building;
- Cultivating green entrepreneurship: PAGE supported the development of green entrepreneurship training and its application as a new addition to the GERME (Gérez mieux votre entreprise) programme - an established ILO Training Tool on Business Creation and Management. In November 2017, PAGE organised a train-the-trainer with 21 trainers from Senegal and five from Burkina Faso. In December 2018, 19 of these trainers went on to practice their coaching skills with 37 entrepreneurs to help them integrate environmental dimension into their businesses. This supports SDG 8, target 8.5, by promoting decent work and SDG 17, target 17.9, by enhancing international support for implementing effective capacity building.
Efforts have also been made to build individual knowledge on a range of IGE-related topics, supporting SDG 4, target 4.7. Examples include:
- Sustainable construction: A training session was held for local communities on the use of local materials for construction in 2015, as part of PAGE’s support to the National Programme on Energy Efficiency and Use of Local Material for Sustainable Construction;
- Policy, research and analysis on IGE: In May 2016, 70 representatives from policy, research and analysis participated in the first edition of the Green Economy Academy in Dakar, Senegal;
- Waste management: PAGE supported the training of five officials from the National Programme on Waste Management to attend waste management training in Turin in November 2017; and
- Green economy modelling: In September 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation led a two-day cross-sectoral training on the integrated Threshold 21 SDG model. As a result of this training, modelers have been able to support updates to the green economy assessment conducted in 2019 for the second phase of the Priority Action Plan (PAP).
Senegal has organised and participated in several collaborative events, including hosting a National Green Academy in 2016 and green entrepreneurship in November 2017 involving trainers from Burkina Faso and Senegal. Finally, the Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Forum was held in Dakar in November 2018 under the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, involving Senegal, Ghana and others. These examples contribute to SDG 17, target 17.9, by facilitating cooperation to support national implementation of the SDGs.
In addition to completing a detailed learning assessment in 2017, PAGE has supported the long-term integration of green economy into nationally run education programmes. South Africa has also made significant efforts to learn from other PAGE countries. Examples include:
PAGE has supported several institutional capacity building efforts, contributing to SDG 17, target 17.9 and SDG 4, target 4.3 by providing opportunities for quality training:
- Green economy courses: PAGE supported the CEM at North West University (NWU) to develop a green economy e-learning course for stakeholders at all levels of civil administration, the private sector, trade unions and civil society. In 2018, the first course was delivered to 24 participants. Since then, several steps have been taken to ensure sustainability, including: 1) incorporation of the e-learning course into the CEM course portfolio on environmental management, which was offered again in 2019; 2) incorporation of modules from the course into two master’s programmes at the NWU; and 3) inclusion of the teaching material into the Youth Environmental Services Programme from DEFF that provides face-to-face training to unemployed youth.
- Regional training hub: The Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN) regional training hub for Africa was launched by ILO and the University of Pretoria at the Third Ministerial Conference in January 2019. The hub will support institutional capacity-building for the measurement and modelling of the social and employment outcomes of climate change and sustainable development policies. GAIN first edition was held in September 2019 with six countries participating.
- Trade and climate smart agriculture training: As a direct result of the Green Economy Inventory, PAGE is supporting development of a training on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and trade opportunities stemming from the transition to more sustainable agricultural practices. Related to this, PAGE is helping to integrate a training model on sustainable supply chains into a capacity building programme targeting both extension workers and provincial policymakers in the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development plan. The training is expected to be delivered by Agriculture Research Council (ARC) in partnership with GIZ between January and June 2020.
There are several examples of PAGE increasing general and technical knowledge of green economy, contributing to SDG 4, target 4.7, by ensuring all learnings have the skills needed to promote sustainable development:
- National Green Economy Academy: PAGE held a National Green Economy Academy in 2018 to promote knowledge sharing among South Africa’s nine provinces, eight of which have embarked on drafting provincial green economy strategies, notably in renewable energy.
- Green economy indicators training: A training was held on the GEP Framework to enhance knowledge and understanding. This was supported by a workshop to identify potential indicators for the national framework finalised in 2019.
The third Ministerial Conference held in January 2019 engaged innovators and leaders for a unique global forum on green economy. Other examples of collaboration include the Just Transition training held in October 2019 and an exchange with Mauritius in May 2018 following the Green Economy Forum to share expertise on public policy and private sector, with a focus on sustainable procurement, green bonds, green business development. Local application of the GEP Framework to South Africa utilized lessons from Jiangsu province. These examples contribute to the achievement of SDG 17, targets 17.16 and targets 17.17, by facilitating partnerships.
In addition to progressing a detailed Green Economy Learning Assessment that will feed into a national capacity strengthening plan, PAGE has carried out several capacity building efforts aligned to sectoral and thematic areas. These include green entrepreneurship and green and inclusive production services. In addition, it has participated in several collaborative activities within Latin America and globally.
In 2018, PAGE commenced work on a Green Economy Learning Assessment to feed into the National Capacity Strengthening Plan for IGE (due to be finalised in April 2020). In 2019, work also commenced with the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training to institutionalise green economy training into its curricula, aiming to reach approximately 100,000 individuals, including labour unions and civil servants. Additionally, PAGE has agreed with the National School of Public Administration to further develop an online platform to deliver courses on green economy, primarily targeted at civil servants. These activities support SDG 4, target 4.7 by identifying learning needs to promote sustainable development.
Several trainings have taken place throughout 2019 supporting SDG 4, target 4.7by ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development. These include:
- Training in May on green economy scenarios;
- Two workshops on the Strategic Environmental Assessment, with the first in March on the forest-wood-cellulose value chain and the second in June on the overarching environmental perspective of the Strategy;
- Workshops on green jobs and entrepreneurship for youth throughout September across different locations; and
- A series of capacity building events in November on cleaner production and formulisation of brick production activities in various locations.
Uruguay has participated several events and collaborative activities throughout 2019 supporting SDG 17, target 17.6, by enhancing South-South cooperation and knowledge sharing, and target 17.9, by increasing international support for capacity-building:
- Participation in the inception meeting for PAGE Argentina in April;
- Presentation by PAGE national coordinator and Head of the Environmental Department of the Chamber of Industries of Uruguay in October 2019 as part of World Commons Week organized by the University of Massachusetts and Cornell University and performed simultaneously in the United States, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.