Country Updates:

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Barbados: July 2018 - PAGE has been reviewing and identifying the priority areas for the new Barbados Government as articulated in the new administration's Manifesto, Throne Speech and Mini-budget. Consultations are underway with key Green Economy and Blue Economy stakeholders, to identify priorities that will be input into the work plan for Barbados under PAGE.

Brazil (Mato Grosso State): July 2018 - PAGE has selected the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) as a service provider for carrying out the Green Economy Learning Assessment in selected sectors, i.e. family agriculture, renewable energy, ecotourism, territorial planning. The ToR have been agreed with the UFMT and the Steering Committee.

Burkina FasoJuly 2018 - The green economy strategy has been validated and adopted by national stakeholders on 29th July.

China: June 2018 - PAGE, together with the Policy Research Center for Environment & Economy and the Jiangsu International Environmental Development Center held a workshop to lay the groundwork for developing a coalition of green industrial parks in Jiangsu.

Ghana: June 2018 - On 28 June, PAGE and the Ministry of Environment (MESTI) held a media training to inform journalists on topics of climate change and green economy. The objective of the event was to help create more awareness on environmental, social and economic issues affecting development in the country.

 Guyana: July 2018 - Low-income earners in Guyana now have increased access decent homes, thanks to a housing project that is embracing the circular economy for economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Kyrgyz RepublicJuly 2018 - PAGE has developed a final draft of the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment for Kyrgyz Republic, in partnership with the American University of Central Asia. The report is available in Russian and features an executive summary in English. The recommendations of the report will be taken up through PAGE capacity building activities.

MauritiusJune 2018 - The Government of Mauritius launched its annual budget speech on 14 June 2018 for the 2018/2019 period. The budget includes new fiscal incentives for organic agriculture. Agriculture was one of the six focus sectors of the earlier PAGE Green Economy Assessment, in which supporting organic practices was one of the suggested actions.

Mongolia: July 2018 - Orkhon aimag sustainable and green development policy document was discussed on 12-16 June 2018. In July 2018 the working group of Orkhon aimag worked on Indicators and baseline data to measure the progress of the Orkhon aimag sustainable and green development policy. Planned: Discussion of the policy document by Governor's Board and Aimag Citizens' Assembly. Amendments to the Law on Public Procurement is under discussion at Parliament level

PeruJuly 2018 - PAGE was invited to contribute in the participative process of the Regulation of the Law on Climate Change being drafted by Ministry of Environment (MINAM) 

SenegalApril 2018 - The Ministry of Environment requested PAGE support on a green bonds initiative currently under development with the Ministry of Economy and Finance. PAGE, in collaboration with UNEP FI, is exploring how to best support this government initiative, and has held an initial call with the government and green bonds expert Climate Bonds Initiative.

South Africa: July 2018 - PAGE concluded the Green Economy E-course pilot, implemented together with North West University. Training participants were from government departments at national and provincial level, NGOs and private sector.

UruguayJuly 2018 - PAGE supported the Director of the Office of Planning and Budget for his presentation of the National Voluntary Report 2018 for the fulfillment of the SDGs in the HLPF in New York.