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As attention turns to managing the economic fallout from COVID-19, national and global recovery plans will determine if future threats to human wellbeing, to our economies and to the planet are mitigated or amplified. The Partnership for Action on Green Economy is committed to assisting its partners as they navigate the recovery, promoting inclusive green economy plans that will create growth, jobs, and prosperity for all while reducing pressures on the planet.

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As part of an ongoing effort to support PAGE Partner Countries, The Data Observatory was developed to track socio-economic and health impacts from COVID-19, track policy responses and assess potential focus areas for green recovery in PAGE Countries. This collection of data aims ultimately to inform our partners and beyond as well as support decision-making that can lead to long-term, sustainable recovery in a post-COVID-19 world. View the interactive Data Observatory platform.

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Tools to guide analysis, promote green jobs and foster sustainable investments and business models.

Beyond the sobering health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the socio-economic consequences are significant. The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies when faced with global shocks. 

PAGE is equipped with ready-made tools designed to aid economic policymaking, which can explicitly support economic recovery options. These tools can guide analysis, promote green jobs and foster sustainable investments and business models ­—  boosting economies to build a better future for all. Learn about PAGE Green Economic Recovery products.

       

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COVID Updates from our UN partner agencies

      

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HIGHLIGHTS

PAGE AND CAMBRIDGE ECONOMETRICS JOIN TO MODEL ECONOMIC RECOVERY SCENARIOS

PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics (CE) have partnered to conduct a hybrid modeling exercise analyzing and comparing the potential immediate to long-term impacts of varying recovery scenarios. Focusing on multisectoral impacts, employment, resource-efficiency and nature, the analysis will specifically compare brown recovery scenarios and Inclusive Green Economy recovery scenarios - providing global guidance and messaging, supporting a future that would reverse current unsustainable practices. Read more

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Platform for Redesign 2020: A New Global Green Recovery Exchange

A new central hub of information highlighting countries’ planned climate and other environmental policies and actions in the context of recovery from COVID-19 was launched in September. The Online Platform for Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID-19 (“Platform for Redesign 2020”) is under the leadership of the Ministry of the Environment Japan with support from the UNFCCC, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Nine PAGE countries are among those participating: BrazilBurkina Faso, China, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Thailand and Peru. Country pages include response, recovery and redesign measures across sectors while a September 3rd Ministerial Meeting offered a platform for live exchange. Learn more

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"We must choose the sustainable path. It is a moral duty and an economic imperative."

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PAGE SUPPORT FOR GREEN AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

With the financial contributions of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, PAGE will support to government led efforts for a job rich green economic recovery that leaves no one behind.

PAGE is well-positioned to support countries in aligning the economic recovery packages with SDGs and ambitions of the global climate and nature frameworks. The Partnership is equipped with time-tested tools and resources, the collective strength of the specialised expertise of five UN agencies, and a track record of supporting national economic and development planning. PAGE has invested in the development of analytical tools which can aid economic policymaking and explicitly support green and inclusive economic recovery options. These tools can guide macroeconomic analysis, promote green jobs and foster sustainable investments and business models ­ boosting economies to build a better future for people and planet.

PAGE services will assist in developing an enabling macroeconomic environment, policy and investment reforms, incentives and business models; and catalysing investment for green jobs, enterprises and technologies as well as to build natural, human, and social capitals. Learn how to apply

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Senegal National Steering Committee Meets to Reflect and Address Programming in Light of COVID-19

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PAGE Senegal Steering Committee and Inter-Agency group met virtually on 8 July to take stock of the implementation of the 2019-2020 work plan, to validate the draft 2020-2021 work plan and to define the modalities of implementing current activities. . In addition to the PAGE UN agency and Secretariat staff, the meeting benefited from the participation of a wide variety of partners, including the Department of the Environment and Classified Establishments, Enda Energy, Green Financing and Partnerships Department, the High Council for Social Dialogue, the Waste Management Coordination Unit, the Ministry of Economy and Cooperation and the Ministry of Labour. Read more

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PAGE has been recognized as a mechanism for COVID-19 recovery, named within the United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19, mobilizing PAGE through its “support on green jobs, economic and environmental issues to plan early response and recovery phase of the crisis” and calling on PAGE  “as a vehicle to support peer learning and knowledge transfer on policies that stimulate growth and recovery in the wake of COVID-19”.

With this affirmation, and with years of experience, PAGE is resolute to use its trusted tools and resources and the strength of its collective expertise to shepherd sustainable economic recoveries that will build back stronger, more resilient economies that serve both people and the planet.

Read United Nations Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19

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Learning for a Green Recovery:

An Interview with Mr Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Over the next 6-18 months, it is estimated that countries will invest over $20 trillion to recover from the fallout of COVID-19. The make-up of these financial decisions will define the shape of our societies and economies for decades to come, including our ability to respond to greater environmental challenges lying ahead. 

In an interview, Mr. Nikhil Seth, the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), discusses how education and learning can underpin a green economic recovery from COVID-19—as one that cuts CO2 emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and promotes sustainable economic activities to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read full interview here

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"We don’t want to rebuild the economy of yesterday. We want to build the economy of tomorrow. And what do we want this economy to be?

We want it to be low carbon, climate-resilient. We want it to be a knowledge economy, smart. We want it to be a fair economy. And these are the measures people are taking in advanced economies and also in developing countries." 

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund at the IMF Panel on Post-COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience, 13 October 2020

Read more about the key messages of this panel here

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NDC PARTNERSHIP AND PAGE

COLLABORATING FOR A GREEN RECOVERY

NDC Partnership and PAGE announced a collaboration on strengthening governments’ green recovery efforts in response to COVID-19. Together with our country and development partners, the NDC Partnership’s Economic Advisory initiative and PAGE’s Green Recovery Support Mechanism will assist up to 49 countries over the next year to incorporate green growth and climate resilience considerations into their economic recovery plans and stimulus packages, to promote a job rich green economic recovery that leaves no one behind. In addition, we will share knowledge and learning from these countries across the globe. Read more

  

INDONESIA PRESENTS GREEN RECOVERY STRATEGY AT GLOBAL FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The Government of Indonesia, specifically, PAGE-partner the Environmental Affairs of the Indonesia Ministry of National Development Planning / BAPPENAS, participated in the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum on the Environment and Climate Change, held by the OECD on 15 - 16 September 2020. Learn more

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PAGE and GIZ Join Efforts to Design Economic Support Measures for Economic Growth and a Resilient and Cleaner Economy in Kazakhstan

Green policies for modernising the Kazakh economy
The decarbonization and improved energy efficiency of the economy is at the core of the Kazakhstan’s Concept of transition to a Green Economy, adopted in 2013, and considered to be one of the most ambitious greening concepts in Europe and the Central Asian region. The Green Economy Concept was complemented with ambitious targets set in the National Development Strategy Kazakhstan 2025. Essential elements of the Green Economy Strategy are New Environmental Code is to provide practical instruments and regulatory framework to proceed with «greener» development. Since the adoption of the Green Economy Concept Kazakhstan has adopted international commitments under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Work on integrating sustainable development goals and targets to align national policies with international commitments is ongoing.

Joining efforts: the German government and the UN
Doubling efforts to support Kazakhstan in addressing these challenges, the Government of Germany has joined hands with PAGE, to set in place several low-carbon and green economy policy initiatives which would provide new impetus for Kazakhstan’s green transition.

  1. The Low Emission Development Strategy 2050
  2. A green recovery from the double crisis
  3. New Environmental Code support

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Will 2020 be the year of the Green Industrial Revolution?

Over the next 6-18 months, it is estimated that countries will invest more than US$ 20 trillion to recover from the fallout of COVID-19, with the global economy expected to shrink by 3% this year. The makeup of these financial decisions will define the shape of our societies and economies for decades to come.

At the same time, the planet is facing a climate emergency. While the impacts of COVID-19 could cause greenhouse gas emissions to fall by 4-7% in 2020,  any respite is likely to be temporary. Upon the restart of economic activity, air pollution levels in some countries have quickly returned to their pre-lockdown state, while in others existing environmental regulations have been put on hold. Countries need to remain assertive and tackle the climate emergency, and COVID-19, with a proactive response.

A “green industrial revolution” could help make this a reality. Targeted green industrial policies and investment in green industries can operationalize the structural change necessary for economic recovery, competitiveness, and new jobs. Read more

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GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS UNITE AROUND KEY ACTIONS FOR GREEN AND FAIR ECONOMIC RECOVERY FROM COVID-19 

On World Environment Day, 5th June 2020, global institutions working on development, labour and environment have united around key actions for spurring a green, just and transformative recovery. 

The COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating existing global inequalities within and between countries and communities, while exposing how vulnerable our socio-economic systems are to external shocks. 

The Partners for Inclusive Green Economy* are calling for recovery efforts that recognise the interdependencies between human and environmental health, and aim to build resilience to even more profound risks on the horizon - biodiversity loss, widening inequality and climate change. Read More Here. 

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GREENING THE RECOVERY

By supporting countries in “greening” their response, PAGE will support the achievement of SDG commitments while simultaneously addressing root causes of this crisis and building resilience to future ones.

As we progressively assess the response that is required, four articles can help inform on strategic methods to green the recovery:

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LEARNING FOR A GREEN RECOVERY E-COURSES

Over the next 18 months, it is estimated that economic investment into national recovery packages will reach up to US$ 20 trillion. The make-up of these financial decisions will define the shape of our societies, our economies, and our environment for decades to come. We now sit at a “make or break moment” for both humanity and our planet, and the need for informed decision-making to support a green recovery is, therefore, greater than ever.

This is where the “Learning for a Green Recovery” campaign has been developed. Under the auspices of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy, five UN agencies have launched a global e-learning series that addresses the key policy issues central to the green recovery debate. The six online courses are free, self-paced, and can act as an invaluable building block as countries plan their economic responses to COVID-19—serving to inform and shape the public policy debate around green economic reform. Read more

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Our Introduction to Green Economy course is now available in Mongolian on the UN CC Learn Platform. This course introduces the concepts, policy instruments & international frameworks of inclusive green economies. Find out more

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CAPACITY-BUILDING: NEW COURSES ON GREEN BUSINESS GROWTH

The ILO estimates that the transition to green economies and acting to limit greenhouse gas emissions could create 24 million jobs by 2030 and lift tens of millions out of poverty.

Here are two new resources to support green job growth through ITC-ILO:

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As countries recover from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, building back business as usual in economic policy and practice is not an option when greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 7.6% per year to meet 1.5°C target. Especially when in tandem, we need to create green and decent jobs for all — to serve a growing population, address increasing environmental risks and scarcities, growing economic uncertainties, and unprecedented inequalities.

In our latest brief, PAGE explores how rebuilding our economies gives a unique opportunity to overcome the persisting challenge of addressing sustainability and economic development.

READ OUR CLIMATE CHANGE THEMATIC BRIEF

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As we navigate the current threats to human wellness, to economies and to the planet, the timely adoption of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is key to building back stronger and more resilient societies. In the wake of COVID-19, choosing more efficient production methods and implementing better use of natural resources is one of the most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment while simultaneously advancing human wellbeing. 

The Global Resources Outlook 2019, shows that the extraction and processing of materials, fuels and food make up about half of total global greenhouse gas emissions and more than 90 percent of biodiversity loss and water stress. A global shift is essential: Enacting resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production policies, growth in global resource use can slow by 25 percent while global gross domestic product could grow by 8 percent by 2060, according to the International Resource Panel. 

Using its toolkit and years of experience working towards green economic growth, PAGE has supported countries in achieving multiple targets of SDG 12 — Responsible Consumption and Production. In our newest brief, PAGE explores circular economy and resource efficiency using Uruguay as a key example, referring to its achievements towards resource efficiency and circular economy. The brief also highlights work with an additional thirteen partner countries, centered on contributions toward SDG12.

READ OUR SCP THEMATIC BRIEF

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