Annual Report for 2017

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Welcome to the PAGE 2017 Annual Report

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was established in 2013 to support countries to address one of the greatest challenges of our time, namely; building economies that improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Many countries are up for this challenge, acknowledging that the growth model of the last century has resulted in significant environmental degradation and increasing social inequality. PAGE provides countries with assistance in planning and implementing their transition to a greener and more inclusive economic model.

This annual report showcases PAGE's progress and achievements over 2017 and how its work over the last year has contributed to the achievement to the goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so far.

This year sustainable growth and climate action went hand in hand. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement have provided a historic opportunity to drive economic growth and employment through actions that promote inclusive and green development, whilst at the same time also addressing climate risks.

We are witnessing unprecedented unity and enthusiasm from Member States to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. These global agendas have increased country demand for technical assistance and capacity development for an inclusive green economy. Green economy is increasingly recognized as a key driver of sustainable development and turning into a mainstream approach.

Today, we see more and more countries starting to showing leadership on climate action. We witness efforts around the globe to eliminate negative environmental subsidies and create climate policies and national development plans that reconcile social, environmental and economic objectives.

More individuals are demanding carbon smart products and investments and with this are sending market signals to make production processes and trade relations clean and fair. As countries move a sustainable path, green business and investments can flourish and citizens are empowered to take on the jobs of the future.

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy is making a significant contribution to the global discussion on green and inclusive economy. In the last year it co-hosted the second PAGE Ministerial Conference in Berlin and an event at the High-Level Political Forum in New York. Leaders from governments, business, academia and civil society spoke on green investments, sustainable lifestyles and inclusive growth, and how green economies can deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The progress made in 2017 has demonstrated, once again, that our joint efforts allow us to deliver more than the sum of our individual organizations’ contributions. In the coming year, PAGE promises to continue the collective journey towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

2017 has been another important year for PAGE. Achievement highlights include:

  • PAGE Ministerial Conference, co-hosted by the Government of Germany, in Berlin that brought together 430 participants from 45 countries.
  • Decision by the Cabinet of South Africa to host the next PAGE Ministerial in Sept 2018 in Durban.
  • Support for policy reform and capacity building across 13 PAGE countries.
  • Capacity building efforts of PAGE reaching to over 65 countries and more than 1600 people.
  • Enhanced South-South Cooperation and exchange of knowledge on inclusive green economy, including exchange visits between PAGE partner countries.
  • Completion of several new tools including the Green Economy Policy Framework and Integrated Green Economy Model.
  • A number of high level global events including on Recalibrating Market Forces during the High Level Political Forum in New York, Powering the SDGs in Geneva, and Policy Innovations towards green economy at COP 23.
  • Expanding cooperation and joint delivery with other initiatives such as UN Environment Finance Initiative, SWITCH Africa Green, UN Environment Inquiry, Poverty-Environment Initiative, UNREDD, among others.
  • Continued commitment and increasing support from PAGE funding partners resulting in total commitments of over 40 million USD up to date.

Countries have embarked on a path to improve the well-being of people and the planet by 2030. On the one hand there is huge progress but on the other, we need to speed up and scale up efforts as we are racing against time. The combination of universal and integrated Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change offers an unprecedented opportunity to transform our economies and finance into drivers of sustainability. PAGE is a humble partner in this journey. As we close the chapter on 2017, PAGE is inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm of countries, citizens, business leaders and policy champions to create a greener and more equitable world. This inspiration is the driving force for PAGE.
In the coming year, PAGE will:

INFORM policy reforms, build capacities for their implementation and scale up efforts to bring finance behind nationally prioritized sustainable development goals in partner countries

INSPIRE global policymakers, business leaders and thinkers by sharing knowledge, data and best policy and business practices, among other high profile events, through the PAGE Ministerial Conference 2018 in South Africa focused on

  1. Green Finance;
  2. Sustainable Consumption and Production in the context of circular economy and pollution-free world;
  3. Green economy as a means of implementation for SDGs and climate action, and
  4. Green Industries, specifically around SMME development and inclusivity.

ENABLE countries and individuals to transform their economies through the promotion of knowledge and skills to create a green and inclusive world

We hope that all countries will understand it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do because green economy is the economy of the future.
Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations
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Sustainable Development

PAGE is increasingly recognized as a delivery mechanism for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more. 

PAGE coordinates its work to ensure its in-country and global activities and achievements are aligned with the SDGs

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PAGE Vision

Partnership for Action on Green Economy

PAGE aims to put sustainability at the heart of economic policymaking and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement on Climate Change through inclusive green economy approaches by bringing together the expertize of five specialized UN agencies (UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization and UN Institute for Training and Research).

PAGE supports nations and regions to:

  • achieve sustainable and green growth,
  • create green jobs,
  • address inequality and climate change,
  • advance green industrial development,
  • and improve skills, knowledge and institutional capacity.

PAGE is currently supporting thirteen countries and provinces/states: Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Guyana, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and Uruguay and aims to support up to 20 countries over seven years until 2020.

PAGE by numbers

PAGE achievements since 2013 in numbers.

partner countries
funding partners
countries requesting PAGE support
policies supported in 11 countries
National institutions and ministeries partnering
Total contributions to PAGE
Initiatives providing co-financing
Collaborating partners
People trained
Consultations and workshops
Knowledge products
Global events
Countries represented at PAGE events
Training packages

About PAGE

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was conceived in 2012 as a response to the call to action following the Rio +20 Sustainable Development Conference in Brazil. It was then formally established in 2013.

PAGE informs, inspires and enables countries to transform their economies to inclusive green economies; that is, economies that eradicate poverty, increase jobs and social equity and strengthen livelihoods while protecting the environment.

Working at the national and sectoral level, PAGE is a collaborative partnership between five United Nations agencies as well as the national governments in PAGE countries.

The PAGE programme works to build capacity within partner countries so they are able to provide an enabling environment to meet their sustainability commitments, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals, through inclusive green economy approaches.

PAGE provides technical and financial assistance in 13 countries as of 2017.

What is an inclusive green economy?

In its simplest expression, an 'inclusive green economy' is low-carbon, efficient and clean in production and also inclusive in consumption and outcomes; based on sharing, circularity, collaboration, solidarity, resilience, opportunity, and interdependence.

An inclusive green economy is focused on expanding options and choices for national economies, using targeted and appropriate fiscal and social protection policies, and backed up by strong institutions that are specifically geared to safeguarding social and ecological floors. It recognizes that there are many and diverse pathways to environmental sustainability.

Funding partners

PAGE is funded by 8 partners and in-kind contributions.

Partnerships & Exchange

PAGE can do more with less through its ability to convene national and international partners in knowledge exchange.

Country profiles

PAGE has been working with 11 countries in 2017. It also welcomes 2 new partner countries.

People collecting honey in Mongolia


Mongolia has prioritized environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive development.


Peru has committed itself to undertaking a far-reaching, ambitious green growth development pathway.

Worker in a factory in Senegal


Senegal has demonstrated leadership in transitioning to an inclusive green economy to meet its development challenges.

People brainstorming in a workshop


Ghana has been embracing inclusive green economy, with better employment outcomes for women.

People fixing fishing nets


Mauritius has instituted a Marshall Plan for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.

Woman selling goods in a market in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is focused on developing and adopting a National Strategy for Green Economy and accompanying Action Plan.

Chinese workers

China, Jiangsu Province

China is focusing its efforts on integrating environmental concerns into economic, social, cultural and political spheres of development.

South Africa

South Africa is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through collaboration and coordination.

Banana grower in Brazil

Brazil, Mato Grasso State

Mato Grosso is addressing sustainability challenges through the promotion of new economic activities and technologies.

Kyrgyz Republic

The Kyrgyz Republic is committed to capturing opportunities for economic growth which are inclusive and sustainable.

Woman peeling a coconut


Barbados is focused on the promotion of green jobs, greening value chains and transferring green economy knowledge.



New PAGE Country

Waterfall in Guyana


New PAGE country

Global action

In addition to working in-country, PAGE influences policy in support of inclusive green economy at a global level.

Inform, Inspire, Enable 

PAGE achievements for 2017

Working closely with policymakers and the private sector, PAGE has helped to formulate, adopt, finance and implement economic and sectoral policies and practices. To achieve these objectives, PAGE is delivering results in four outcome areas. Working closely with policymakers and the private sector, PAGE has helped to formulate, adopt, finance and implement economic and sectoral policies and practices. To achieve these objectives, PAGE is delivering results in four outcome areas.