Welcome to the PAGE 2016 Annual Report
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was established in 2013 to support countries to address one of the greatest challenges of our time, namely; building economies that improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Many countries are up for this challenge, acknowledging that the growth model of the last century has resulted in significant environmental degradation and increasing social inequality. PAGE provides countries with assistance in planning and implementing their transition to a greener and more inclusive economic model.
This online annual report showcases PAGE's progress and achievements over 2016 and how its work over the last year has contributed to the achievement to the SDGs so far.
2016 has been an important year for PAGE. Achievement highlights include:
- Three new partner countries joining PAGE
- Finalization and launch of the Operational Strategy (2016-2020)
- Successfully kept sustainability high on the agenda during political transitions. See Peru as an example.
- Participation of 66 countries in the Second Global Academy on Green Economy in Turin Italy
- Launch of a call for new countries to join PAGE while continuing to support 11 partner countries.
Targets are set for a world without extreme poverty, where economies drive sustainability and development takes place within planetary boundaries. To achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Climate Agreement within a generation, a broad based constellation of partnerships across countries, sectors, institutions and financiers is needed to support coalitions of champions as they shape and carry forward vibrant sustainability initiatives. As the United Nation’s Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), we inspire, inform and enable achievement of these targets by supporting countries to green their policies, practices and investments.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy believes in the importance of an inclusive approach and specific local development needs of varying contexts in which we operate. For that reason, PAGE delivers results-oriented collaboration to all of our partners and engages an ecosystem of countries, policy-makers, business associations, financial institutions and civil society. We support this multidimensional effort to accelerate a global movement towards inclusive and green economies.
From Mongolia to South Africa, from Peru to China’s Jiangsu Province, aspirations and framing around sustainability varies, and hence PAGE does not apply a “one size fits all” approach. In Mongolia, for example, the highlight of 2016 was the consolidation of efforts to bring finance behind national sustainability plans. In Peru, it was keeping the “green” agenda high during the political transition and in Mauritius it was development of the Marshall Plan against poverty and social exclusion. Each country has its own pathways for greening the economy.
With increasing numbers of countries and regions outlining their own approaches to climate change and making their growth inclusive and sustainable, capacity and skill development along with opportunities for cross fertilization of experiences is needed more than ever. The Green Economy Academy, among many other PAGE events and online training courses in 2016, brought together representatives of more than 35 countries for two weeks to learn from each other as well as from experts in the field. Also high-level events at the 2016 United Nations Environment Assembly brought together ministers from six countries and raised the profile of PAGE and the visibility of green economy efforts in advancing the global sustainable development agenda.
We, the PAGE Partner Agencies, are energized by the increasing demands for support from countries and by the results that are already emerging since PAGE was established in 2013. Looking ahead, the PAGE Ministerial Conference, being co-hosted by Germany in March 2017, will be a major platform for bring green economy champions and leaders together. PAGE will also support more countries, more institutions and more individuals with technical advisory support, macroeconomic assessments, national and sectoral policy development and reform, and knowledge and skills building.
In this report, we are humbled to share our modest achievements in serving the international community through contributions to efforts aimed at creating prosperity for all on a healthy planet. By bringing different UN agencies, funding partners, and a large number of public and private sector sustainability champions together, PAGE is increasingly becoming well positioned to enable countries to make their economies a driver for achieving the universal sustainability agenda.
Let’s join hands and forces on this journey towards a new economic system that is inclusive for all and environmentally resilient.
— PAGE Vision —
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 expertize of five specialized UN agencies (UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization and UN Institute for Training and Research). It 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 eleven countries and provinces/states: Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal and South Africa, and aims to support up to 20 countries over seven years until 2020.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was conceived in 2012 as a response to the call to action following the Rio +20 Sustainable Development Conference in Brazil. It was then formally established in 2013.
PAGE informs, inspires and enables countries to transform their economies to inclusive green economies; that is, economies that eradicate poverty, increase jobs and social equity and strengthen livelihoods while protecting the environment.
Working at the national and sectoral level, PAGE is a collaborative partnership between five United Nations agencies as well as the national governments in PAGE countries.
The PAGE programme works to build capacity within partner countries so they are able to provide an enabling environment to meet their sustainability commitments, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, through inclusive green economy approaches.
PAGE provides technical and financial assistance in 11 countries as of 2016.
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.
PAGE by numbers
* including in-kind contributions
** including partners delivering complementary follow-up programming and pledges
*** Action Partners and initiatives jointly developing and delivering programming at national and global level
PAGE Country reports
New PAGE partner countries in 2016
Three new countries became PAGE partners in 2016. Preliminary work has already begun in Brazil, Kyrgyz Republic and Barbados to support the governments’ plans to transition to inclusive green economies.
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 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 activities and achievements are aligned with the SDGs.
PAGE achievements for 2016
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.