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COVID-19 HUB

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.

 

THE DATA OBSERVATORY

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

> View latest country report

 

GREEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY PRODUCTS

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

> Learn about analytical tools for policy making

Take a 'Learning for a Green Recovery' e-course

> Listen to the 'Green renaissance podcast: How to rebuild the global economy'

> Read about inclusive green recovery in the 2020 PAGE Annual Report 

       

   

 

Recovery Updates from our UN partner agencies

     

 

Latest updates

          

EMG Event Series: Addressing COVID-19 for the Environment

The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has launched a 3-part series of dialogues, Addressing COVID-19 for the Environment, with PAGE represented in the premier event on 27 April, “Defining Green Recovery”.

In collaboration with UNEP, UNEP-FI, UNESCAP, UNECE, UNECA, ECLAC, ESCWA, and RCNYO, the following events will cover “Financing Green Recovery” and “Regional Nexus Approaches to Building Back Better”.


> Learn more about this series 

Watch Defining a Green Recovery

PAGE at ILO Green Week: A Green Recovery from COVID-19

A GREEN RECOVERY FROM COVID-19

A webinar session by PAGE at ILO Green Week — Green Jobs Open Dialogue Series

Monday, 19 April 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 CET 

The development of economic recovery responses to the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to reverse unsustainable practices. By accounting for nature and institutionalizing a sustainability agenda, countries can boost prosperity and create green and decent jobs — promoting inclusive, resilient economies and a resilient planet.

Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is supporting its partner countries through assessing, monitoring and mitigating the socio-economic impacts. At present, 14 countries have developed green recovery plans with PAGE support, integrating this additional planning into their respective plans for green economic transformation. This session presented an overview of some of PAGE's monitoring and modelling work for greening the economic recovery and take a closer look at South Africa's green recovery planning as a case study.

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The 2021 Global Academy on the Green Economy

Offered every two-years, PAGE, with the ITC-ILO, will be holding the 4th Green Economy Academy virtually from 10–21 May 2021. Created for policymakers, decision-makers, and technical staff from civil society organizations, trade unions, employers' organizations, businesses, and research institutions, this year’s Academy will take a deeper look at the green recovery, aiming to support the global transition to environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economies during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Application deadline: 30 April 2021

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Workshop: ECONOMIC RECOVERY WITH SUGAR AND SKILLS IN GUYANA

Sugar, cars and economic incentives: what do they have in common? Through greater use of biofuels, such as ethanol derived from sugar cane, there’s potential for green industrial policy to reduce Guyana’s environmental footprint within the transport sector.  

The workshop “Building back better through trade and industrial policy”, organized by PAGE in Guyana, addressed this particular topic — targeting questions such as: What policies could be adopted to link economic and environmental considerations? What circumstances call for sector-specific support? How can a government account for international legal frameworks when designing green industrial policies?  

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Building Forward Better: Prospects for PAGE Hosts Discussion on 'Building Better Forward'

'Building Forward Better: Prospects for Green Recovery Efforts'
 
Gathering leading voices from the UN Environment ProgrammeInternational Labour OrganizationUNITARGlobal Green Growth InstituteEuropean Union at the UN – Geneva and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea in Geneva, PAGE — through the Geneva Environment Network — hosted a panel discussion on how national and global recovery plans are instrumental for the future of our planet. Learn more about strategies for recovery plans that can contribute to the future of our planet.
Watch the full video 
Learn more about the event here 

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND UNEP RENEW JOINT COMMITMENT FOR CLIMATE AND GREEN ECONOMY

REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND UNEP COMMIT TO ENHANCED COLLABORATION FOR THE GREENING OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND MOBILIZING ACTION FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

In a virtual bilateral meeting on 25 November, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen and Korean Minister of Environment Myung-rae Cho agreed to strengthen the long-standing partnership between UNEP and the Republic of Korea through close collaboration and support for a green and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19 toward carbon neutrality, in particular through the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). Learn more.

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PAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENTS OF GREEN RECOVERY FUNDS

Thanks to a strong partnership and support from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, PAGE is announcing the first wave of green recovery funds for five partner countries — SenegalArgentinaSouth AfricaBrazil (Mato Grosso) and Thailand. With funding support first announced in June at the High Level Political Forum, PAGE has since engaged across its five UN agencies along with UN Resident Coordinators and government ministries to develop country-specific proposals for additional support — with all proposals targeting actions that will fuel green and inclusive recoveries from the impacts of COVID-19. Thanks to this coordinated effort, these targeted green recovery funds will be disbursed by the end of the year. Read more.

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Investing in a sustainable future with green bonds

In a recent article, PAGE partner the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) discusses how green bonds can aid infrastructure development that can also tackle climate goals using South Africa as an example. Read on for a conversation between Vera Scholz, Director of GIZ's Climate Change, Environment, Infrastructure Division and PAGE Management Board member Steven Stone on the evolution of green economy. Read more. 

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BRINGING GREEN EDUCATION INTO CLASSROOMS IN MAURITIUS

PAGE, with UNITAR and the Civil Service College Mauritius (CSCM), held a workshop in Rodrigues gathering teachers, NGOs and education authorities to develop capacity for green economy integration into classrooms. Enhancing foundational learning among primary and secondary students, the workshop — “Integrating Climate Change and Green Economy in the Classroom” — consolidated best practices and techniques, as well as learning materials for integrating Climate Change and Inclusive Green Economy learning into classrooms in Mauritius. Learn 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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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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New Studies Finalized on Just Transition in Argentina

Argentina continues to make strides in fostering a Just Transition towards a green economy with a number of key studies finalized as well as assessments on a Just Transition in the COVID-19 context and on the 'Union Perspective of a Just Transition'. 

The assessments on Just Transition were validated in workshops on 
6 April and 30 March 2021 respectively, bringing together representatives across government, trade unions and international organizations. The assessments and subsequent workshops are part of a greater initiative in Argentina to develop a national Just Transition strategy.

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ILO, PAGE AND LINKEDIN LAUNCH TWO-YEAR DATA INSIGHTS PARTNERSHIP

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and LinkedIn have launched a two-year data insights partnership that aims to improve government decision-making, promote green jobs and build the capacities of governments to identify and provide training opportunities.

Through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the ILO and LinkedIn on 15 January 2021, the partners hope to support the development of deep, cross-sector partnerships that benefit governments, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations and civil society organizations. This partnership also supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meeting the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PEER LEARNING: MONGOLIA AND THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC COLLABORATE TO ENHANCE GREEN FINANCE

On February 17, 2021the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia launched a virtual South-South partnership, with Mongolia sharing its experience in generating green finance.  

The South-South Triangular Cooperation between the two PAGE Partner Countries is providing a space to build and strengthen mutual exchange on sustainable finance, in particular utilizing the Mongolian experience in establishing the Mongolian Green Finance Corporation (MGFC) and attracting green finance to the country 

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“Building Back Better” in Practice: New Working Paper from the World Bank

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A new working paper from the World Bank’s Climate Change Group shows that “business-as-usual” stimulus packages are both a missed opportunity to make the economy more sustainable and notably less efficient to generate activity and employment over the short-term than greener packages.

Targeting policymakers, the paper provides an integrated framework to design economic recovery strategies “aligned with sustainability objectives through a multi-criterion, multi-stakeholder lens”. Using Cyprus as a case study, the paper analyzes 13 green recovery measures relevant for the country, assessing their appropriateness related to environmental sustainability, socioeconomic and job impact, and climate resilience — overall finding that a “return-to-normal” is economically inferior to most green recovery schemes.

Read a summary blog post here and the full paper here.

 

PAGE RECEIVES 9 ADDITIONAL COUNTRY PROPOSALS FOR GREEN RECOVERY SUPPORT

Following the successful  selection of five countries  to receive targeted green recovery funds in November, PAGE has received additional applications from 9 partner countries. These additional program proposals have been submitted from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Indonesia, Ghana, Barbados, the Kyrgyz Republic and Uruguay. Read more.

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New Climate Emergency Series Launches with Webinar on Green Recovery

PAGE Secretariat Head, Asad Naqvi, joined a new Climate Emergency Series on Green Recovery on 19 November, sitting among panellists to discuss sustainable pathways for economic recovery from COVID-19 impacts.  

Hosted by political affairs magazine Holyrood, the kick-off event sets the stage for further discussions among decision makers and other stakeholders on inclusive and sustainable recovery, as a precursor to COP26. Learn more.

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PAGE PARTNERS HOST DIALOGUE ON A JUST TRANSITION IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN CHINA

An online discussion was held on 18 November 2020 on Just Transition in the Textile Sector in China, co-hosted by ILO and CNTAC under PAGE and in partnership with the ILO-SIDA regional project on Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains in Asia. The online discussion built on the work and established partnerships of PAGE, ILO and CNTAC, with the aim to collect actionable data on the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, identify and prioritize interventions for recovery and re-structuring, and develop a process for multi-stakeholder engagement and capacity building for a Just Transition through social dialogue. The activity also contributes to the UN Climate Action for Jobs Initiative. Read more. 

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APPLYING THE INTEGRATED GREEN ECONOMY MODELLING TOOL IN PERU TO SUPPORT NDCS

In 2017, after consultations between PAGE Peru, the Ministry of the Environment of Peru (MINAM) and various economic sectors, the EU-financed project “Inclusive Green Economy Policymaking for SDGs: from Implementation to Evaluation was set in motion, with co-financing from PAGE UNEP’s Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) Framework was used to simulate the increase in energy efficiency over periods of time and support the objectives and integration of National Determined Contributions (NDC) in Peru. Learn more.

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Post-COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience

 

"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

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RESOURCES

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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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