Upcoming event: UNEA-2 Media Roundtable "Are we on the same PAGE for the 2030 Agenda?”

Thursday, 26 May 2016
16:00 – 17:00 at the UNEP Media Centre
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2)
Nairobi, Kenya

Background and context

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was conceived in Rio+20 in response to the call to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories.  PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda. Bringing together the expertise of five UN agencies – the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) - PAGE has been assisting partner countries to embark on inclusive green economy trajectories since 2013. Currently, eight countries are officially included into the Partnership and receive direct support from PAGE: Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal and South Africa.

PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all, given its clear focus on generating sustainable growth, employment, income and wealth in an inclusive manner while reducing environmental risks. Achieving the SDGs will require deepening and expanding bilateral and multilateral advisory mechanisms, networks, and partnerships such as PAGE to support countries. This is called for by SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Objectives and expected outcomes

The event will celebrate the joining of three new countries to the PAGE community: Barbados, Kyrgyz Republic and Brazil (Mato Grosso State) in a handshake event with the press, PAGE funding partners and PAGE agency partners. The media roundtable will provide an opportunity to engage in a discussion on the importance of partnerships for achieving the SDGs. The purpose is to demonstrate that cross-disciplinary and deep institutional partnerships, of the kind called for in SDG 17, are possible and in fact in place to deliver on key aspects of the 2030 Agenda, including sustainable and inclusive growth with full employment. The event will enhance visibility of participating countries and agencies wishing to accentuate their commitment to sustainability, in particular by focusing on the key role of greening economic policies and setting a new frame for defining and measuring economic performance.

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, the United Nations Environment Programme
  • Mr. Nik Sekhran, Director for Sustainable Development, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme

Invited panelists

Invited contributions

  • Mr. Kwang-Hee NAM, Deputy Minister and Commissioner of the National Environmental Conflict Resolution Commission of the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea