Country Updates (October 2019)

Chinawill establish an international forum on green development that will enable exchange of international experiences in green economy, green growth, and green development, including but not limited to PAGE countries. The forum will not require continued PAGE funding, it will be hosted by the municipal government of Chengdu and led by the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. UNIDO and ILO are jointly organizing a workshop, to happen prior to the event, on Eco-Industrial Parks and green jobs in industrial parks in Suzhou, Jiangsu. Additionally, an expert consultation on Green Economy Progress measurement framework will take place in Nanjing, Jiangsu back to back with the joint workshop. All the findings from these activities will be presented on the international forum on green development. PAGE counterpart, the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will lead the forum.

Burkina Faso: A training on sustainable trade took place on 24 - 25 October 2019. Over seventy persons coming from Non-timber forest products (NTFP) operators, NGOs, sector ministries dealing with trade, industry and research, attended the training. The participants put in place a monitoring committee of ten persons to follow-up on the priority activities: sustaining the production of NTFPs, Certification of NTFP enterprises, Marketing and communication, resources mobilization to finance the action plan to develop the access of NTFP to markets.

Indonesia: On 22 October 2019, PAGE Indonesia, led by UNIDO, carried out a validation workshop of the Green Industry and Trade Assessment (GITA) that was recently developed. The assessment focused on assessing resource efficiency, energy intensity and other IGE relevant indicators in three industry sectors: pulp & paper, cement and food & beverage. The validation workshop was held together with Bappenas and other line ministries, such as Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and several industrial associations.

South Africa: The International Labour Organization (ILO) Pretoria Country Office in collaboration with PAGE South Africa and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) organised a Just Transition training for ILO constituents (Government, Organised Business and Organised Labour and Civil Society) in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa. The event took place on 7-11 October 2019 and is the first ever “localised” version of the ITC-ILO Just Transition training course, specifically tailored to the challenges and opportunities in Southern Africa. The objective of the training was to, through training, peer-to-peer learning and cross-fertilisation in Southern Africa in the context of South to South cooperation, support the promotion and implementation of the Guidelines for a Just Transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all. A total of 55 participants attended the training and selection was based on fair country and gender representation.

PAGE together with the South African Government through Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME)Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) as well as Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), hosted a Validation workshop on the Green Economy Indicator Measurement Framework. The workshop is a culmination of work that started in January 2019 led by UN Environment under PAGE. The GEP Index captures the multi-dimensions of an Inclusive Green Economy. It measures accumulation of capital--be it natural, low carbon and resource efficient, human, or social--which serves as input for producing goods and services in an environmentally friendly manner.

Uruguay: PAGE Uruguay is continuously collaborating with two high-level national plans. The Development Strategy Uruguay 2050 and the National Circular Economy Action Plan. "Contributions to a 2050 Development Strategy” is led by the Office of Planning and Budget (OPP). It proposes paths for sustainable development. The National Circular Economy Action Plan was also presented during the last month. The plan seeks to design policies to achieve sustainable development. The National Plan of Action of Circular Economy was developed in the framework of the National Plan for Productive Transformation and Competitiveness. The new plan identifies actions that seek to generate systematic information for the design of public policies in the key to circular economy, promote research and innovation, identify early actions and implement them, promote knowledge of business models based on circular economy and encourage practices and processes based on the principles of circular economy in different social actors.

PAGE is collaborating with two high-level national plans, a) the Development Strategy Uruguay 2050 and b) the National Circular Economy Action Plan. Development Strategy Uruguay 2050 proposes paths for sustainable development based on the articulation of more than 20 prospective studies carried out over the last four years. The National Plan of Action of Circular Economy was prepared within the framework of the National Plan for Productive Transformation and Competitiveness. The plan identifies actions that seek to generate systematic information for the design of public policies in the key to circular economy, promote research and innovation, identify early actions and implement them, promote knowledge of business models based on circular economy and encourage practices and processes based on the principles of circular economy in different social actors.