OPEN CALL: PAGE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW PARTNER COUNTRIES

Ligia Noronha launches the PAGE Call for Applications in Paris
Ligia Noronha launches the PAGE Call for Applications in Paris.
Photo: In Woo Jung/PAGE 2018

29 November 2018, Paris, France – The PAGE family is set to grow even larger as the Partnership is inviting applications from new countries to join PAGE. Applications will be accepted until 15 February 2019., Ligia Noronha, head of the Economy Division of UN Environment announced the call for applications and said, “The recent UN-wide reforms have reinforced the usefulness of PAGE’s “one UN” joint-delivery model that is driven by expressed needs of the member states. It is the firm conviction of all PAGE partners that an inclusive and green economic future and Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved through a collaborative approach that builds on and extends a vibrant network of partnerships - across disciplines, countries and stakeholders from around the globe”.

Since its inception in 2013, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) has grown into a prominent alliance of five UN agencies, eight funding partners and eighteen countries that work together for transforming economies into drivers of sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality and strengthen the ecological foundations of global economy. Thanks to the wide-ranging “specialised’ expertise of the five UN agencies and PAGE partners, as well as a unique model of delivering as “one UN” PAGE is increasingly recognized as a model to deliver comprehensive and coordinated support to countries for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change.

The announcement came during the 6th Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference in Paris this afternoon, which brought together representatives from training institutions, policymakers, development partners, nongovernmental organizations and business associations involved in building skills and capacity for the inclusive green economy of tomorrow.

More than 90 countries, so far, have benefited from PAGE activities and while governments of 18 countries are receiving multiyear support to create evidence-based policies that place sustainability at the heart of economic growth and investment decisions.

“The transformational changes needed for greening the economy and achieving SDGS are unlikely to take place automatically; they often need to be mobilized by public policy, in particular, fiscal and investment policies, monetary and credit policies, trade policies, industrial policies, and pro-active labour policies, in addition to the more familiar rules, regulations, standards and other economic instruments”. said Asad Naqvi, head of the PAGE Secretariat. “PAGE is an effort to break down the old silos and bring the science and economics together to identify win-win-win opportunities, in which we can grow the economy, reduce inequalities, and protect the environment.”

PAGE itself is an embodiment of this principle: an interdisciplinary partnership of five UN agencies specializing in the environment, labour issues, social development, industrial development and capacity building, PAGE know that the challenge of bringing together all the relevant actors is absolutely necessary to address the interconnected challenges that underpin the Sustainable Development Goals.

PAGE provides a range of tools and services, which can be employed in partner countries to inform evidence-based policymaking, understand gaps and challenges, and build coalitions to work across silos. The PAGE programme also emphasizes the value of peer-to-peer learning and south-south and triangular cooperation: the experiences of sharing experiences and knowledge between Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia was recognized in a recent report highlighting best practices in south-south and triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system.

The culture of knowledge-sharing and cooperation is also embodied in PAGE’s Ministerial Conferences, at which ministers from PAGE partner countries, PAGE funding partner countries, as well as technical experts, academics, business leaders and innovators gather to exchange ideas and share their expertise. The next PAGE Ministerial Conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 10-11 January 2019.

The new PAGE countries will be chosen taking into account the PAGE selection criteria described in the PAGE Application Form. Applications close on February 15, 2019.

 

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