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 — Senegal, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil (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.  

After conducting a rapid Needs Assessment Survey and tracking impacts in a Data Observatory of its 20 partner countries, PAGE has been able to assist in identifying areas where support for green recovery would be most impactful.   

Through wide engagement on the country-level, this additional PAGE support mechanism will be aiding efforts led by and embedded within each country context — being both demand-driven and tactical for maximum effect. With this, PAGE is answering the call to be a catalyst for green recovery at the global level: named within “A UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19” to support the development of green stimulus packages (p 18).  

PAGE partner countries Senegal, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil (Mato Grosso) and Thailand are among the first countries to submit proposals. These proposed efforts for green economic recovery include key themes across waste management, support to Small and Medium Enterprises, youth entrepreneurship, circular economy, sustainable finance for Family Agriculture and green jobs policy development. Reinforcing the PAGE approach, each proposal is unique in nature, addressing country needs and driven from within. Over the coming weeks, these workplans will be further developed so the programmes can be set in motion quickly. 

Proposals have all had to meet standard guidelines to safeguard the success and ensure these are truly inter-agency and demand-driven, complementing ongoing country efforts on economic recovery and developed in collaboration with UNRC offices and government ministries.