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Page partner countries = Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mauritius, Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso state), China (Jiangsu Province), Guyana, Kyrgyz Republic, South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Thailand.

Countries requesting PAGE support = Algeria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Jordan, Madagascar, Mexico, Niger, Pakistan, Palau, Seychelles, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Colombia, Croatia, Dominica, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Kenya, Montserrat, Mozambique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

PAGE funding partners = European Union; Germany, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Finland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Norway, Ministry of Climate and Environment; Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA); Switzerland, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs; United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

 

PAGE partner countries receive services for policy development and implementation, capacity building and financing for inclusive green economy transitions, tailored to their individual needs and circumstances. It allows each country to develop its own pathway to an economy that is low-carbon, resource-efficient and equitable. PAGE is proud to be the partner of 20 countries in their efforts for deeper economic reframing around sustainability. Over the last five years, more than 90 countries have benefited from the capacity building and knowledge sharing services of PAGE.

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PAGE RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY

HIGHLIGHTS

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EPISODE 5: FROM LINES TO LOOPS FOR A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Take, make, dispose, repeat. Those four words underpin everything that we do in our daily lives. But at what cost to people, and our planet? COVID-19 has highlighted the wastefulness of our current economic model. So how do we embrace the switch from lines to loops - or from a linear to a circular economy - as part of a green recovery?

In Episode 5, Miranda Schnitger (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Nilgun Tas (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and Paula Iharur (CTplas – Plastics Technology Centre) provide the answers.

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New Studies Finalized on Just Transition in Argentina

Argentina continues to make strides in fostering a Just Transition towards a green economy with a number of key studies finalized as well as assessments on a Just Transition in the COVID-19 context and on the 'Union Perspective of a Just Transition'. 

The assessments on Just Transition were validated in workshops on 
6 April and 30 March 2021 respectively, bringing together representatives across government, trade unions and international organizations. The assessments and subsequent workshops are part of a greater initiative in Argentina to develop a national Just Transition strategy. The union-centric workshop was the first in a series that brings together the key issues on green recovery and Just Transition from a range of perspectives across workers unions, employers and government representatives. The results will aim to inform a tripartite process to develop the strategy under a working group within the National Climate Change Cabinet.

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Event: Addressing COVID-19 for the Environment

The UN Environment Management Group (EMG), in close collaboration with UNEP, UNEP-FI, UNESCAP, UNECE, UNECA, ECLAC, ESCWA, and RCNYO, is organizing a 3-part series of virtual Nexus Dialogues on Addressing COVID-19 for the Environment.

The introductory dialogue Defining Green Recovery aims at pushing the needle forward to frame the rest of the series through stronger operationalization, to effectively monitor, evaluate and verify the impact of recovery and stimulus measures on environmental outcomes.

27 APRIL 2021 | DEFINING GREEN RECOVERY

14:00-15:30 CET / 8:00-9:30 EDT

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PAGE HOLDS FIRST 'DIALOGUE TO ADVANCE GREEN RECOVERY' WITH UN ECONOMISTS AND PAGE AGENCIES

Gathering economists from UN Resident Coordinator Offices and PAGE agencies, PAGE launched a new series of Dialogues to Advance Green Recovery on 2 March 2021. The first session drew attendance from UN economists across 18 countries (16 PAGE Partner Countries) and welcomed UN Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Economist UN DESA Elliott Harris as the keynote speaker.  

The Dialogues are planned to occur quarterly throughout 2021, offering a dedicated platform for UN economists and agencies to exchange ideas on greening the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and share best practices. 

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PAGE Celebrates 2020 Annual Report Launch with Partner Event

Stronger Together

In an unprecedented year, PAGE embraced — and strengthened — its ties as a partnership, proving that collaborative efforts can take us farther. Gathering PAGE Funding Partners, Partner Country government focal points, collaborating partners, UN Agencies, PAGE National Coordinators, and UN Resident Coordinators and Economists, PAGE held a celebratory event on 18 February to launch its 2020 Annual Report, highlighting the Partnership's continued efforts to support countries in building Inclusive Green Economies and working to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

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15 December: PAGE Hosts National Dialogue on Just Transition in Argentina

On Tuesday, 15 December, PAGE Argentina hosted a high-level virtual event with representatives from the Argentine government and labor sector.  The political meeting gathered individuals from the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, the Ministry of Productive Development; and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) and the General Labor Confederation (CGT) to discuss inclusive green economy, a just transition and green jobs in Argentina. Read more
See the agenda here. 
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PAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENTS OF GREEN RECOVERY FUNDS

Thanks to a strong partnership and support from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, PAGE is announcing the first wave of green recovery funds for five partner countries — SenegalArgentinaSouth AfricaBrazil (Mato Grosso) and Thailand. With funding support first announced in July at the High Level Political Forum, PAGE has since engaged across its five UN agencies along with UN Resident Coordinators and government ministries to develop country-specific proposals for additional support — with all proposals targeting actions that will fuel green and inclusive recoveries from the impacts of COVID-19. Thanks to this coordinated effort, these targeted green recovery funds will be disbursed by the end of the year. Read more.

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PAGE SUPPORT FOR GREEN AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

With the financial contributions of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, PAGE will support to government-led efforts for a job-rich green economic recovery that leaves no one behind.

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PAGE AND NDC PARTNERSHIP

COLLABORATING FOR A GREEN RECOVERY

PAGE and the NDC Partnership have announced a collaboration on strengthening governments’ green recovery efforts in response to COVID-19. Together with our country and development partners, the NDC Partnership’s Economic Advisory initiative and PAGE’s Green Recovery Support Mechanism will assist up to 49 countries over the next year to incorporate green growth and climate resilience considerations into their economic recovery plans and stimulus packages, to promote a job-rich green economic recovery that leaves no one behind. In addition, we will share knowledge and learning from these countries across the globe. Read more

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PAGE Launches 'Conceptualization of Green Jobs in Peru' Report

The "Conceptualization of green jobs in Peru" report  —  aims to enable the measurement of green jobs and the efforts to promote them in the country. The key report includes an outline of sectors with the highest potential to generate green jobs, with the goal of prioritizing their promotion. This report is a starting point to establish a conceptual definition of green jobs in Peru and eventually aid in the ability to properly measure and evaluate.

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PAGE at ILO Green Week: A Green Recovery from COVID-19

A GREEN RECOVERY FROM COVID-19

A webinar session by PAGE at ILO Green Week — Green Jobs Open Dialogue Series

Monday, 19 April 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 CET 

The development of economic recovery responses to the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to reverse unsustainable practices. By accounting for nature and institutionalizing a sustainability agenda, countries can boost prosperity and create green and decent jobs — promoting inclusive, resilient economies and a resilient planet.

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is supporting its partner countries through assessing, monitoring and mitigating the socio-economic impacts. At present, 14 countries have developed green recovery plans with PAGE support, integrating this additional planning into their respective plans for green economic transformation.

This session, opening ILO Green Week, offered an overview of some of PAGE's monitoring and modelling work for greening the economic recovery. Looking at recovery in action, it also offered a look at South Africa's medium- to long-term recovery planning as a case study.

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Are We Building Back Better?

On 10 March 2021 at 15:30 (CET), the UN-Oxford panel discussion - "Are We Building Back Better?" - brought together global leaders and international institutions to debate progress, explore openings, and attempt to answer some of the major questions following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The high-level discussion also launched a major new report and dataset from the Global Recovery Observatory, detailing recovery efforts in the top 50 economies of the world – and whether these align with environmental goals. The Observatory is now live, featuring a data visualization tool developed by the UNDP team.

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PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics Present Findings from Green Economy Modelling in South Africa

In late 2020, South Africa participated in a bespoke modeling exercise organized on post-COVID-19 economic recovery options by PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics (CE). The research specific to the South African context analyzed spending plans and multisectoral impacts in detail with results shared during a stakeholder workshop on 22 January. 

The country released its South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October 2020 and this modeling focused on establishing estimates related to the future green and economic impacts of the plan. The analysis further offers an additional scenario with a 'green push' for the government's consideration, through measures such as increased investment in renewables and decommissioning coal power plants. Learn more

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PEER LEARNING: MONGOLIA AND THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC COLLABORATE TO ENHANCE GREEN FINANCE

On February 17, 2021the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia launched a virtual South-South partnership, with Mongolia sharing its experience in generating green finance.  

The South-South Triangular Cooperation between the two PAGE Partner Countries is providing a space to build and strengthen mutual exchange on sustainable finance, in particular utilizing the Mongolian experience in establishing the Mongolian Green Finance Corporation (MGFC) and attracting green finance to the country 

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ECONOMIC RECOVERY WITH SUGAR AND SKILLS IN GUYANA

  

Sugar, cars and economic incentives: what do they have in common? Through greater use of biofuels, such as ethanol derived from sugar cane, there’s potential for green industrial policy to reduce Guyana’s environmental footprint within the transport sector.  

The workshop “Building back better through trade and industrial policy”, organized by PAGE in Guyana, addressed this particular topic — targeting questions such as: What policies could be adopted to link economic and environmental considerations? What circumstances call for sector-specific support? How can a government account for international legal frameworks when designing green industrial policies?  

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND UNEP RENEW JOINT COMMITMENT FOR CLIMATE AND GREEN ECONOMY

REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND UNEP COMMIT TO ENHANCED COLLABORATION FOR THE GREENING OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND MOBILIZING ACTION FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

In a virtual bilateral meeting on 25 November, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen and Korean Minister of Environment Myung-rae Cho agreed to strengthen the long-standing partnership between UNEP and the Republic of Korea through close collaboration and support for a green and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19 toward carbon neutrality, in particular through the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). Read more.

PAGE RECEIVES 9 ADDITIONAL COUNTRY PROPOSALS FOR GREEN RECOVERY SUPPORT

Following the successful  selection of five countries  to receive targeted green recovery funds in November, PAGE has received additional applications from 9 partner countries. These additional program proposals have been submitted from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Indonesia, Ghana, Barbados, the Kyrgyz Republic and Uruguay. Read more.

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SWEDEN EXTENDS COMMITMENT TO PAGE AS THE PARTNERSHIP EMBARKS ON NEW STRATEGY

Long-time PAGE funding partner, Sweden has announced a further commitment to PAGE for the year 2021 through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Aligning with the implementation of the PAGE Strategy 2021-2030, the contribution will directly support PAGE’s efforts to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more.

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PAGE and UNDP Ecuador Release Study on Artisanal Mining

Utilising the Targeted Scenario Analysis (TSA) methodology developed by UNDP, this study assesses the impact of two management scenarios within Ecuador’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector (ASGM), aiming to help decision-makers design and implement sustainable policies that incorporate the value of ecosystem services. The results show the possibility for significant gains for artisanal miners, processing plants, laboratories and the state if miners sell their ore to small-scale mining plants that are supported and strengthened with appropriate, mercury-free processes. 

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PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics have released the final results from the specialized joint modelling project underway since late 2020. The modelling took a global outlook for economic recovery options as well as a tailored approach specific to the South African context, which analyzed spending plans and multisectoral impacts. 

Overall, the findings show that a ‘non-green’ recovery focused solely on GDP and jobs will result in greater environmental degradation, while alternatively, green recovery policies can be, at minimum, as effective at boosting GDP and jobs.

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ILO, PAGE AND LINKEDIN LAUNCH TWO-YEAR DATA INSIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and LinkedIn have launched a two-year data insights partnership that aims to improve government decision-making, promote green jobs and build the capacities of governments to identify and provide training opportunities.

Through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the ILO and LinkedIn on 15 January 2021, the partners hope to support the development of deep, cross-sector partnerships that benefit governments, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations and civil society organizations. This partnership also supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meeting the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PAGE and SEED Collaborate to Fuel Green Enterprises in a Green Transition

PAGE and SEED, a global partnership for sustainable development and enterprise support, are uniting efforts to help amplify the impact of green enterprises — particularly for a green and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19 and a greener economy beyond the crisis.

Focusing on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), the collaboration aims at reducing poverty and sustaining livelihoods through the creation of green jobs and income, with small green enterprises as an entry point. Work will be targeted at the global and local levels in tandem. At the country level, the focus will be on mutual programme countries, including India, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa and Ghana.

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UNITAR AND GGKP LAUNCH GREEN LEARNING NETWORK

The new Green Learning Network (GLN) is now live, launched by UNITAR and GGKP, with support from PAGE. The online network has been specifically designed as a space for learning institutions and education professionals to share, collaborate and learn from one another. The GLN will actively work to improve existing education and training opportunities and facilitate the creation of new courses, programs and learning resources - ultimately, aiming to build a critical mass of professionals who understand the risks and opportunities of a green transition.

The GLN includes both a Learning Hub of green learning resources and a GLN Community. Read more 

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PAGE AND CAMBRIDGE ECONOMETRICS MODEL ECONOMIC RECOVERY SCENARIOS

PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics (CE) have partnered to conduct a  modeling exercise analyzing and comparing the potential immediate to long-term impacts of varying recovery scenarios. Focusing on multisectoral impacts, employment, resource-efficiency and nature, the analysis will specifically compare brown recovery scenarios and Inclusive Green Economy recovery scenarios - providing global guidance and messaging, supporting a future that would reverse current unsustainable practices. Read more

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Learning for a Green Recovery

Under the auspices of the PAGE and five UN partner agencies—have launched a global e-learning series that addresses the key policy issues central to the green recovery debate. The six online courses are free, self-paced, and can act as an invaluable building block as countries plan their economic responses to COVID-19—serving to inform and shape the public policy debate around green economic reform.

The courses cover a range of topics including green economy, fiscal reforms, trade, green industrial policy, green economy indicators, and sustainable finance.  They are free and self-paced and are available on the UN Climate  Change:e-Learn partnership, which has almost ½ million registered users worldwide. Learn more

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PAGE has been recognized as a mechanism for COVID-19 recovery, named within the United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19, mobilizing PAGE through its “support on green jobs, economic and environmental issues to plan early response and recovery phase of the crisis” and calling on PAGE  “as a vehicle to support peer learning and knowledge transfer on policies that stimulate growth and recovery in the wake of COVID-19”.

Read United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19

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PAGE Contributing to the SDGs

PAGE delivers coordinated support of the UN system to countries for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the Paris Agreement. During its first four years (2014-2018), PAGE advanced the transition to IGE of 18 developing countries, supporting a model of growth that looks at each facet of sustainability: environmental, social and economic dimensions.

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