PAGE agencies meet in Geneva to design the Partnership’s future beyond 2020

9-11 April 2019, Geneva, Switzerland, the five UN agencies of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) met in Geneva to design the future of the programme beyond 2020. Convening representatives from UN Environment, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR, the 2019 PAGE Retreat discussed the partnership’s achievements and future objectives, building consensus on the key elements of the next phase up to 2030, to further advance inclusive green economy and transformational change in countries.

The Partnership was established in 2013 to support countries in addressing one of the greatest challenges of our time - building economies that improve human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Over the last years, it has grown into a successful global partnership of 5 UN agencies, 8 funding partners and 18 countries partnering with 138 national institutions and ministries involved. The PAGE family is gradually increasing and soon to reach 20 countries by 2020.

As PAGE is approaching the end of its first phase, partners were called to reflect on the Partnership model, its structure and its offer, taking into account the diverse nature of the PAGE countries, the evolving global context, and the growing level of awareness, commitment and enthusiasm of citizens, business leaders and policy champions to create a greener and more equitable world.

The retreat centred around a few key questions:

  • How has PAGE achieved impact in partner countries and beyond and how can this be scaled up?
  • What new opportunities can PAGE leverage to enhance its impact and the national, regional, and global level?
  • How can PAGE continue to act as a delivery mechanism to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agenda on Climate Change?

At the retreat, partners explored elements that PAGE could strengthen to support countries in achieving SDGs and implementing NDCs, in financing a green economy, and mobilizing the private sector and civil society. It also explored way in which PAGE could better monitor how green economy policies and strategies can generate tangible outputs for the society. To complement the support to countries during the first phase, agencies agreed on new modalities to foster South-South Learning and Triangular Cooperation, to further engage countries that have graduated and to leverage the convening power of sub-regional intergovernmental bodies. Inclusiveness and the need to ensure a just transition to greener economies was among the cross cutting themes identified during the retreat. Beyond 2020, PAGE will give a greater attention on the inclusive side of the transition to green economies and private sector engagement providing space for non-state actors, focusing on women, workers and youth.