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PAGE partner countries receive services for policy development and implementation, capacity building and financing for inclusive green economy transitions, tailored to their individual needs and circumstances. It allows each country to develop its own pathway to an economy that is low-carbon, resource efficient and equitable. PAGE is proud to be the partner of 20 countries in their efforts for deeper economic reframing around sustainability. Over the last five years, more than 90 countries have benefited from the capacity building and knowledge sharing services of PAGE.

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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 Contributing to the SGDs

PAGE is increasingly being recognized as a model to deliver coordinated support of the UN system to countries for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the Paris Agreement. During its first four years (2014-2018), PAGE advanced the transition to IGE of 18 developing countries, supporting a model of growth that looks at each facets of sustainability: environmental, social and economic dimensions.

See more on PAGE and SDGs

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Pathways Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development 

The impacts and economic consequences of COVID 19 are adding to existing complexities and are creating economic hardship worldwide. Economies have been hard hit by the crisis due to the direct disruptions in supply chains and drops in aggregate demand, resulting in much larger societal costs.  

What policy measures can countries deploy in the short and long run in response to this crisis? How can governments respond to COVID-19 in a way that supports industry and workers immediately, but also creates beneficial outcomes in the long-term? How can we strengthen industries’ capacity to improve energy efficiency, reduce resource consumption, curb pollution, and  at the same time  generate incomes, jobs, and green growth? 

These and more questions will be tackled in these advanced online training courseThe course will focus on discussing approaches and tools that allow for an integrated response to the crisis in line with sustainable industrial development. 

This course is organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) agencies UNIDOUNEPUNDPILO, and UNITAR in cooperation with the Central European University (CEU). 

For more information and registration click here. 

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As the Asia-Pacific region’s textile industry is hard-hit by the implications of COVID-19, the ILO’s Dr Cristina Martinez, Senior Specialist Environment and Decent Work and Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok and Dr Samantha Sharpe, Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, argue for the region to embrace its own green new deal during its crisis recovery. “New investments into the sector must enhance sustainability, and a focus on greening production and employment will make the sector more resilient into the future.” While some may argue the cost of environmental sustainability is high, Martinez and Sharpe stress that the opportunities are significant for decent work within the textile and garment industries. These simultaneously can improve upon the current environmental impacts, including introducing cleaner production activities and sustainable development practices, which would contribute to increased productivity and competitiveness. Read the full story here.

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PAGE Mauritius story

PAGE Mauritius

PAGE has supported the government of Mauritius since 2014 in pursuing its green economy vision: focusing on building capacity for issuing green bonds, providing guidance on social policies, reviewing and tracking public environment expenditures, assessing industrial waste and related industrial strategies and advancing green economy learning. PAGE contributed significantly towards the Marshall Plan Against Poverty, including the Marshall Plan Social Contract, which provides assistance to households at risk of extreme poverty. Through its work, PAGE has supported the achievement of several SDGs, including SDGs 1, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 17.

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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. 

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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CHINA’S ‘NEO-INFRASTRUCTURE’ INVESTMENTS IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD

Authored by Chengchen Qian, National Coordinator for PAGE China and UNEP Coordinator of the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) and Yaxuan Chen, Programme Specialist at UNEP, this article explores China’s current emphasis on investments in “neo-infrastructure” as part of its post-COVID-19 economic recovery. In scope, the size of these planned investments in 2020, spanning 25 provinces, will amount to RMB 42 trillion (US$6 trillion) and span three main areas: information and communications technology (ICT), such as 5G, Internet of Things, satellite, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and blockchain; integrated infrastructure (i.e. applying digital technologies to upgrade intelligent transportation and smart energy); and R&D, particularly setting up more innovation centres and labs for science and technology development and education. While these investments have the potential to accelerate progress towards the SDGs, the long-term impact on job creation as well as effects on e-waste, remain unclear. Read the full analysis here.