PAGE, GGGI and UNEP: Working together for country results
High level side event at Global Green Growth Week 2016 to showcase partnership achievements and the development of an inclusive green economy in Colombia, Mongolia, and Peru.
On September 8, 2016, on Jeju Island (Republic of Korea), the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will host the high level side event “PAGE, GGGI and UNEP: Working together for country results”, within the framework of the Global Green Growth Week (GGGW2016), to showcase their work in transitioning Colombia, Mongolia, and Peru to an inclusive green economy.
While displaying and evaluating the strength and success of their partnership, discussing lessons learned, and deciding on improvements to the current model, the side event will engage and inform participants on the in-country work and projects that this partnership enables, relationships that have been built with government officials and programmes, and open up the floor for input on how to best develop the partnership and improve its work moving forward.
Ministers and senior officials from over 50 countries, over 500 executives from the private sector and financial institutions as well as the heads of many multi-lateral development banks and regional UN Agencies, are expected to attend GGGW2016 (September 5-9, on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea), which is organized by GGGI with the aim of identifying practical, innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and strengthen partnerships that deliver growth that is pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. GGGW2016 will highlight four thematic priorities of energy, water, land-use and green cities that are central to achieving strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, and will engage high-level officials from government, multi-lateral development banks and international development agencies, private-sector leaders, and representatives from academia and non-governmental organizations.
PAGE, GGGI, and UNEP’s side event will feature Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UNEP; Yvo de Boer, Director General of GGGI; Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Chair, Global Water Partnership; Ms. Silvia Calderon, Deputy Director for Sustainable Environmental Management, National Planning Department, Colombia; Mr. Ernesto Fabio Bazan Alguiar, Environmental Specialist - Public Investment, Ministry of Finance and Economics, Peru; Dr. Balazs, Director, United Nations Development Programme, Seoul Policy Centre, and Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi, Minister for Climate Change and Environment, UAE. The event will be moderated by Mr. Kees van der Ree, Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, International Labour Organization
To date, the partners have collaborated and cooperated on professional in-country support systems and events organization, establishing strong country relationships and a vast knowledgebase. In particular, in Colombia, the partnership has provided support to the National Planning Department in developing a long-term green growth policy and carrying out a Green Growth Potential Assessment, in Mongolia, partners have collaborated on measuring and financing green growth with a focus on indicators and greening public education buildings, and in Peru, GGGI has supported the Ministry of Environment with the Green Growth Potential Assessment and PAGE has undertaken modelling on the impact of specific green growth policies, a complementary approach that will enrich the National Green Growth Strategy.
This event is expected to raise awareness amongst participants of the partnership’s work in getting donor and member country support, demonstrate the key strengths that the individual organizations and initiatives in countries which are complementary to the work of the partnership, facilitate South-South exchange by sharing successes and lessons learned, and initiate discussion on how the partnership can evolve and expand going forward. Additionally, the event aims to inform participants about the role that greening the economy can play in achieving the 2030 Sustainability agenda for sustainable development and advance the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
GGGW2016 will meet under the theme ‘Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth’. The event is organized by GGGI. It will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations.