Country Updates (September 2020)

Senegal: Following two virtual meetings this summer to discuss the ongoing PAGE work activities in Senegal, a reprogrammed country workplan for 2019-2020 (revised due to COVID-19) and extended post-graduation support for a new term, 2020-2021, were consulted, agreed and finalized. 
The Directorate of Environment and Classified Institutions organized a webinar for key ministries on SDG 12 in relation to the other SDGs and the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

South Africa: South Africa is one of the countries selected to model green recovery, with initial consultations have been held with government focal point. The work will contribute to the broader COVID-19 recovery efforts by the South African government and will influence the stimulus packages designed by the government post-COVID-19. 

On 26th August 2020, PAGE hosted a side event in collaboration with the digital Bio Africa Convention 2020. The title of the side event was “Developing Biomaterials Industry in South Africa” and was aimed at launching and validating two recently completed PAGE products commissioned by UNIDO. Read more.

Burkina Faso: 

PAGE is supporting the implementation of a COVID-19 socio-economic impact study carried out by the UN system in Burkina Faso, aiming to support a green and inclusive economic recovery of the country. 

Kyrgyz Republic: radio interview was conducted with UNDP Policy Advisor Tim Scott was on how Kyrgyzstan can build a model of green economy, with a UNDP article published on the interview. 

Guatemala: The UNRC-led socio-economic impact analysis of COVID-19 is now available for Guatemala.  

Bilateral consultations between agencies and the Ministry of Finance are in progress regarding the intended outputs under the upcoming work plan and the constitution of a national steering committee. 

Guyana: After a prolonged recount of votes from the general elections in March 2020, a new Government and Cabinet has been elected on the 2nd of August. With this and the lessening of COVID-19 disruptions, PAGE activities in Guyana have restarted focusing on stocktaking and relevance to policy priorities. 

India: PAGE participated in a well-received high-level panel discussion on Climate Risk Pricing for Financial Institutions in India on August 13th. The platform was used to disseminate information about sustainable finance, under the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework of UNEP and the way forward for India in accounting for climate risk in investment decisions. 

Jiangsu Province: On 2 August 2020, the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology announced that from 2016 to 2019, the energy consumption per unit of GDP in Jiangsu was reduced by 18.1%, surpassing the binding target of 17% set in the country's "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan" (2016-2020). 

Under the National Policy ‘Green Development of Yangtze River Economic Zone and Yangtze Protection,’ Jiangsu has been releasing multiple policy documents and implementation plans on ecological restoration and resource management, especially regarding PAGE’s thematic focus area of Industrial Parks.  

At the national level, efforts are progressing to the ban of single-use plastics, the National Green Development Fund was announced in Shanghai and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued a plan to tackle volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  

Kyrgyz Republic: UNDP, under PAGE programming, has launched an eco-competition on solid waste management in Bishkek, with solutions being sought on waste reduction, public awareness campaigns, increasing the percentage of recycling and reuse of materials, support for separate waste collection infrastructure as well as the implementation of new technologies in existing or new enterprises related to processing, sorting and production from recycled materials.  Read more here

Mauritius: Ongoing since March, PAGE, with the Civil Service College Mauritius, has completed the mainstreaming of inclusive green economy aspects into the strategic planning and project management trainings offered to civil servants. 300-400 civil servants will continue to be trained annually.  

Uruguay: PAGE work on the artisanal brick industry was featured in an article in UN News this month. In collaboration with the Uruguayan government, PAGE aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it.