Country Updates (October 2019)

China: will 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.

South Africa: 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 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.