PAGE drives global change towards inclusive green economy through events, platforms and knowledge products that connect inclusive green economy champions throughout the world to share success stories and business cases, and drive coordination.
PAGE informs inclusive green economy transitions through technical advice, analysis and capacity building.
Green Industrial Policy Trilogy
Green industrial policy is essential for enhancing competitiveness in the global economy of the future while safeguarding environmental resources. To inform policymakers, researchers and practitioners about the theory behind green industrial policies and current practices, PAGE launched the Green Industrial Policy Trilogy in Geneva in February 2018, at an event organized together with the Centre for International Environmental Studies at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
Developing a Green Industry Measurement Framework
In 2018, a workshop was held in which PAGE agencies UNIDO and UN Environment, together with other international and research institutions, shared measuring tools and approaches to advance the methodology for measuring a transition to a greener and more sustainable industry development. The Green Economy Progress Measurement framework developed under PAGE was a key input to this discussion.
A major focus in 2018 was the preparation of the Third PAGE Ministerial Conference, hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. On 10 and 11 January 2019, Cape Town welcomed 500 innovators and leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development organizations, media and the public for this unique global forum on green economy. The Cape Town Action Pathways Towards 2030 summarized key policy messages that emerged from the discussion to support countries in advancing sustainable and inclusive economies. On the eve of the Conference, PAGE partnered with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform and Green Economy Coalition for a high-level media debate that explored the questions of wealth and related implications for the environment and society.
The annual High-Level Political Forum in New York is the main platform within the UN system to review and discuss progress on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Leveraging this opportunity, PAGE held a side event at the 2018 HLPF in which high-level representatives from leading international institutions, governments, the private sector and civil society gathered under the PAGE banner to discuss pathways for transforming our economies and lifestyles to underpin a greener, fairer world.
In November 2018, PAGE and partners organized the 2nd Global Forum on Green Economy Learning, which was held in Paris in conjunction with the 6th GGKP Annual Conference and the 2018 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum. The Global Forum on Green Economy Learning focused on learning and skills development for current and future decision-makers, technical staff in ministries, and others involved in policy design and implementation, with the goal to scale-up knowledge and skills development for devising inclusive green economy solutions.
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At the UNFCCC COP 24 in Katowice, PAGE agencies joined partners from across the UN system to hold an official side event on SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Through this event, researchers and practitioners from different parts of the world provided insights on how to ensure a just transition towards an inclusive green economy, demonstrating that climate action can be a driver for inclusive growth, job creation, rights and social justice.
PAGE was a key partner for the 5th Latin American Green Awards, underlining the role of green economy in Latin America as a key component for achieving environmental protection and prosperity. The Awards, which were held in Guayaquil, Ecuador in August 2018, drew in 2,733 success stories, 38 countries and 713 participating cities—clear evidence that the ambition and opportunity to develop ideas to protect the planet is growing in the region.
PAGE strengthens the capacity of governments, institutions, and individuals by providing global and regional training and learning programmes, enabling them to put inclusive green economy principles into practice.
Self-Paced Introductory Course on Green Economy
In December 2018, PAGE launched a self-paced introductory course on green economy, offered through the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) platform. This course builds on the PAGE introductory moderated course on green economy, transforming it to allow participants to gain knowledge around the basic concepts, policy instruments and international frameworks of inclusive green economies at their own speed.
Green fiscal reform
From 9 April to 1 June 2018, PAGE held an e-learning course on green fiscal reform. The interactive and practice-oriented course brought together 38 participants from 25 countries, including 18 participants from PAGE partner countries. Through the course, participants gained knowledge and skills to identify, assess and develop policies to optimize government spending and revenue generation for inclusive green economy.