Achieving outcome 1

To achieve the targets under outcome 1, PAGE has been supporting countries with IGE diagnostics, assessments, and policy analysis, prioritization of IGE sectors, as well as mobilization and engagement of public, private and civil society stakeholders. With the joining of Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State) and Kyrgyz Republic, PAGE is now supporting 11 countries and provinces/states.

To summarize the progress of the achievements of outcome 1 so far by end of 2016:

  • 8 countries have adopted (out of which 3 started implementing) national development plans or cross-sectoral strategies integrating IGE priorities. 3 additional counties were in the adoption process in 2016.
  • 13 reports were completed (4 additional reports in 2016) providing national IGE diagnostics, assessments and policy analysis and feeding in to national planning processes.
  • 36 cross-sectoral consultations (16 additional consultations in 7 countries in 2016) were organized to mobilize stakeholders, share results of policy analysis and consult priorities.
  • 5 countries (3 additional countries in 2016: new committees were formed in Mongolia and Peru after change of governments in both countries) with national steering committees (NSC) overseeing IGE work meeting regularly.

In-country activities in the following countries support the achieving of PAGE outcome 1:

Mongolia

PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets. PAGE support was centred around stakeholder engagement for sustainability of these efforts and building partnerships for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.

Thanks to PAGE the government of Mongolia has adopted an Action Plan for implementation of its National Green Development Policy together with a measurement framework to monitor its progress against relevant targets. This Action Plan also includes a series of actions on green development indicators, green jobs, green economy learning, sustainable public procurement, green building, sustainable financing as well as waste management.

Mongolia has also adopted the Sustainable Development Vision 2030 as well as an Action Plan of the Government of Mongolia 2016-2020.

Peru

In Peru, PAGE support for outcome 1 has been centred around stakeholder engagement for sustainability of these efforts and building partnerships for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.

As an example, PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets, from the development of Guidelines for Green Growth, the finalization and publication of the National Green Growth Strategy to the execution of a Green Growth Policy Impact Assessment (using the Threshold 21 or T21 model; a green growth policy impact assessment tool).

PAGE, in collaboration with the Research Center of the University of the Pacific (CIUP), also helped to organize a public debate between Peru’s final two presidential candidate teams on opportunities for green growth in Peru.

Senegal

Support for the implementation of a five year priority action plan (2014-2018) of the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) continued in 2016. PAGE is specifically supporting the action plan for pillar 1 on Structural Transformation of the Economy and Growth and pillar 2 around Human Capital, Social Protection and Sustainable Development. In this direction, PAGE supported the government in the preparation of an action plan for the Strategic Guidance Document on Green Economy for Senegal.

In addition, a three day Green Economy Academy was held which sought to review the state of knowledge, research and analytical gaps and ways to improve training and human capacity for a successful transition to a green economy. A national platform was also established during this forum with the aim to integrate green economy learning content in their research and academic programmes.

A position paper for the Strategic Guidance Document has also been completed.

Ghana

PAGE in Ghana is supporting the government to incorporate inclusive green economy aspects in leading government policies and action plans such as the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDAII 2014-2017), the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Worthy of noting is the fact that 2016 was largely a transitional period for PAGE implementation in Ghana with the re-organization of the institutional set up.

Four key policy priority areas were selected for implementation in 2016 and for further embedding green economy aspects into the national agenda:

  1. resource efficiency in agro-industries
  2. green economy public advocacy and social dialogue
  3. green economy training/capacity building and
  4. green economy knowledge sharing.

Mauritius

PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets. PAGE support was centred around stakeholder engagement for sustainability of these efforts and building partnerships for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.

Specifically in Mauritius,  the government has been preparing a Vision 2030 Blueprint, a comprehensive and coordinated National Economic Development Strategy to achieve a high-income, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2030. The Blueprint is intended to provide an integrated, holistic and coordinated direction towards realizing the national development goals and will include five-year Implementation Plans as well as Action Plans by all ministries until 2030.

Also PAGE has provided substantial and financial support for preparation and drafting of the Marshall Plan Against Poverty in 2015. The Marshall Plan is already part of the Vision 2030 document as one of the action plans for implementation.

Burkina Faso

PAGE has supported the development and implementation of cross-sectoral national plans and strategies that integrate IGE goals and targets. PAGE support was centred around stakeholder engagement for sustainability of these efforts and building partnerships for effective implementation of these plans and strategies.

Specifically in Burkina Faso, PAGE supported the organization of a National Academy on Green Economy which took place in December 2016. Also PAGE and the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change agreed to support the development of a National Green Economy Strategy, along with a three-year action plan for its implementation in Burkina Faso.

The aim of the strategy is to strengthen the integration of green economy in all sectors of development, which are key components of Burkina Faso's National Policy on Sustainable Development (PNDD).

Jiangsu Province, China

PAGE support to the Jiangsu province of China is linked to the implementation of the 13th provincial five year plan (2016-2020) by i) identifying and exemplifying good practices and ii) identification and analysis of challenges towards IGE policy implementation.

Relevant to the above, a national network of partners was established in 2016 to provide inputs and support for project and programme planning and implementation. Through PAGE support and initiatives, three cities outside of Jiangsu Province were inspired and have expressed interest in working on green economy by investing their own financial resources with the technical support from the UN Environment.

A stocktaking report for China’s Jiangsu province was also completed and launched. The report maps the development status of the province and also discusses key challenges, priorities and provides recommendations for further action.

South Africa

In South Africa, PAGE country outcome has been structured around supporting improved collaboration, co-ordination and implementation of existing green economy policy frameworks, rather than the formulation of new policies. Moreover, PAGE aims to support the integration of Sustainable Development Goal targets (e.g. for SDGs 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 17) in national development planning and policy processes, under the auspices of the PAGE National Steering Committee (NSC).

A Green Economy Inventory for South Africa was also compiled and drafted. This inventory takes stock of some of the key initiatives that are being implemented by a wide range of partners in both the public and private sector.

A National PAGE Forum held which sought to raise awareness of the PAGE programme in South Africa. The initial findings of the Inventory were presented which helped to generate important discussions around the need for collaboration and partnerships to achieve greater impact of green economy programmes.

Mato Grosso State, Brazil

The PAGE launch event for Mato Grosso state was held on 10 November 2016 in Cuiabá, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso and was presided by the Governor of Mato Grosso, members of his cabinet, the press, and over 200 invited guest from the private sector, civil society and academia. PAGE will be led by the State Secretary for Labour in Mato Grosso and by the ILO team in Brazil which underpins the strong and growing relationship.

The Mato Grosso State has also signed an agreement with the Ministry of Environment and the Governors of the states of Mato Grosso and Acre, which outlines policies and activities to end illegal deforestation in the states and to meet Brazil’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution on climate change.

Kyrgyz Republic

An inter-ministerial coordination mechanism, chaired by the Ministry of Economy, has already been established for the promotion of sustainable development initiatives, and will champion the cause of IGE across national development efforts. An inception mission to Kyrgyz Republic was planned for February 2017.

The mission included a roundtable with participants from the Ministry of Economics, Finance, Agriculture and Education, as well as from the National Institute of Strategy Studies and the private sector. PAGE was working collaboratively with PEI to plan the inception mission and to explore opportunities for synergies.

Barbados

The Government of Barbados has committed high-level and cross-sectoral support to pursuing a green economy. According to the expression of interest for joining PAGE, the Government has identified a series of priorities for continued efforts towards green economy transition: 1) to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a SIDS-SIDS green economy Knowledge Transfer Platform and 2) establish a set of indicators to support monitoring of green economy policies. These areas would be further elaborated in the inception phase of PAGE support.