About PAGE

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was launched in 2013 as a response to the call at Rio+20 to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories.

PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. 

PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication.

PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the emerging Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8: "Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” 


Countries reframe economic policy around sustainability and put in place enabling policy conditions, reforms, incentives, business models, and partnerships to catalyse greater action and investment in green technologies and natural, human, and social capital.


PAGE inspires, informs and enables countries at various stages of their policy development. The Partnership inspires governments and stakeholders to engage in the reframing of economic policies. PAGE informs the policy process through technical support and analysis at both, the macro-economic and sectoral levels. By building the capacity of key individuals and institutions, PAGE enables countries to put a greener and more inclusive economy into action.


PAGE’s successful models for cooperation, collaboration and synchronisation of activities with other institutions and peer initiatives are based on a strong sense of community, trust, and non-competitive behaviour.


UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority and leads the Green Economy Initiative, launched in late 2008. UN Environment directly supports PAGE by hosting its Secretariat and managing the PAGE Trust Fund. Most of PAGE research work on green economy indicators, measurement frameworks, as well as on trade, is coordinated by UN Environment. At the national level, UN Environment's extensive experience in providing technical assistance and informing national decision making through green economy assessments and macroeconomic modelling contributes to PAGE activities.

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. It brings its knowledge and experience on employment, the greening of enterprises, green jobs, gender equality and skills building to PAGE.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helps eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities, and advance sustainable development in more than 170 countries and territories. UNDP contributes to PAGE through multi-disciplinary expertise in environment, poverty, gender and governance; innovative financing; country-owned capacity development and engagement with key Government, private sector and civil society partners.


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the United Nations specialized agency in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development. UNIDO’s contribution to PAGE focuses on industrial policy advice and its implementation through industry engagement, industry-related training and its building of public-private partnerships.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a strategic United Nations partner dedicated to training professionals inside and outside Government and strengthening capacities of learning institutions. Under PAGE, UNITAR supports international training programmes, national competency development and learning strategies, as well as specialized training and policy dialogues.


In 2012, Rio+20 (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) was held in Brazil. The conference’s outcome document entitled The Future We Want was a call to action for governments, business and the UN alike to support countries interested in transition to a green economy. 

PAGE was created as the UN’s direct response to this call of action. Four UN organizations, including ILO, UN Environment, UNIDO and UNITAR initially joined forces to be able to provide countries with broad and tailored support. UNDP joined the partnership in 2014, further increasing the partnership’s capabilities.

The five agencies have previously undertaken joint green initiatives. However, this is the first time that all five partners have come together to coordinate their support, expertise and resources at the national level. 


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Green Economy Transformation in cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) – Synergies between low-emission paths and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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