2019 Global Academy on the Green Economy - Turin, Italy

The third edition of the Global Academy on the Green Economy took place in Turin, Italy from 14 to 18 October 2019. The event gathered over 100 participants coming from 34 countries, including policy-makers from PAGE countries, representatives from civil society, trade unions, business associations, and knowledge and research institutes, together with UN practitioners, PAGE technical staff and funding partners.

The Global Academy on the Green Economy is organized every two years. It consists on training and knowledge sharing sessions aimed at providing in-depth overview and understanding of the latest global Green Economy agendas.  The event provides practical tools and opens the space to showcase good practices that countries are adopting in their efforts to transition to environmentally viable and socially inclusive economies.

Beyond its specific learning objectives, the 2019 Academy contributed to enhance institutional capacities for transformative change towards greener economies and to create a community of champions that can lead action and spread the message across their networks. Participants strengthened their knowledge and the discussions fostered exchange of practices; increasing, as well, their capacity to formulate and implement green economy policies and strategies at national level and in key economic sectors, keeping up with new market trends, government policies and social aspirations.

The event kicked off with a High-Level Policy Dialogue that attracted senior government delegates, business and civil society leaders, UN directors and development cooperation agencies.

The different sessions of the Academy touched on a wide array of relevant thematic areas, including: Tools and Approaches for Green Economy Policymaking, Green Industrialization, Fiscal Policies, Green Finance, Green jobs, Learning and Skills Needs in Green Economies, Social dialogue, Stakeholder Engagement for Inclusive Green Economy Actions at Country-Level, as well as the different trends in reframing curricula around sustainability.

The learning approach of the Academy was very interactive. It built on knowledge sharing, using comprehensive and peer-reviewed training materials that have been applied and tested at country level — and adopted a variety of innovative learning methodologies which promote South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Supporting peer-to-peer learning initiatives among PAGE countries is a priority for PAGE. The partnership is committed to provide a platform to catalyse South-South and Triangular cooperation among partner countries, funding partners and non-PAGE countries. In this regard, the 2019 Academy on the Green Economy played a key role in facilitating knowledge exchange and in identifying good practices and innovative approaches to green economy.

Knowledge sharing fair

A knowledge fair was organized as part of the Academy. In this space, PAGE country partners, PAGE Agencies, Development Cooperation Agencies, Civil Society Organizations and Academic Institutions showcased their contributions to shaping Inclusive Green Economies.

PAGE National coordinators exchanged experiences and lessons learned

In the framework of the 2019 Global Green Economy Academy, PAGE National Coordinators and other staff closely involved in the implementation of the Partnership came together for a one-day workshop. The event offered a space to share lessons and experiences, address common questions, revise PAGE processes, governance structure and tools, as well as, to establish contacts among each other to assess potential South-South and Triangular exchanges among PAGE countries.

The day was structured around five areas where participants were able to discuss different themes including how PAGE is greening economies to enable countries to achieve SDGs and climate targets; how graduating PAGE countries have put in place sustainability strategies; processes related to PAGE Programme Management, as well as, potential South-South and triangular Cooperation opportunities.

At a period where PAGE is entering its second phase and shaping the 2030 strategy, the 2019 Global Academy on the Green Economy was very timely, providing policy makers and practitioners with a platform to share, learn and ultimately, to be better equipped to analyse the opportunities and challenges for the promotion of a socially inclusive green economies.

The photo gallery of the event is available here