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PAGE at the High-Level Political Forum 2023

PAGE, The Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) and the Green Fiscal Policy Network (GFPN) partnered, on 17 July during the High-Level Political Forum 2023,  to raise awareness, commitment and drive action for “Accelerating a Just, Green and Resilient Economic Transformation: Circular Solutions and Partnerships”.

By bringing together representatives of governments and UN agencies, the event explored actionable strategies to accelerate the global green economic transformation including through circular economy approaches, innovative capacity and finance solutions, and stronger partnerships to promote social and environmental justice.

High-level countries representatives brought forward their country experience, vision and approach to circular economy and green economic transformation. Participants share their challenges in achieving a just, resilient and green economic transformation and identify policy levers that can strengthen long-term sustainable development.

The event aimed to accelerate and renew commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals, including goals 6, 7, 9, 11 and 17 under HLPF review, and build resilience in a crisis-driven world.


The discussion included Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, President of ECOSOC, PR of Bulgaria to the UN, Hon. Dr. Bettina Hoffmann, State Secretariat of Germany, BMUV, Mr. Haoliang Xu, Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of UNDP, H.E Dr. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco, Mr. Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, Finland; Mr. Ricardo Rio, European Committee of the Regions rapporteur on SDGs and Mayor of Braga, Portugal; Dr. Vivi, Yulaswati – Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia; Mr. Axel de la Maisonneuve, Head of International Partnerships & Sustainable Development at the EU Delegation to the UN; H.E. Mr. Ren Hongyan, Minister of the Chinese Mission to the UN


Go to event

The achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs, as well as the goals of the Paris Agreement is not possible without the transition towards more resource efficient, circular, and regenerative economic systems. Our goal is to build a Circular Economy that spans all phases of material and product life cycles. We want to contribute to reducing impacts on the environment and thereby tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution – nationally, in Europe and globally.

H.E. Dr. Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) of Germany

There are 3 key enablers for a transition to a circular economy through the creation of an effective business model: first, innovative funding mechanisms to support businesses transitioning from a linear to circular economy model, second, innovation and collaboration between stakeholders and competitors to create an environment that enables collective transformation of the entire value chain, and third, green product standardization to create a sustainable and responsibility ecosystem, and measure potential environmental impacts along the value chain. This ecosystem can be cultivated if it is supported by an effective circular economy business model.

Dr. Vivi Yulaswati – Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia

The President of the UN Environment Assembly, H.E. Ms. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of the Kingdom of Morocco, joined the event and highlighted the need to address the challenges of implementing national strategies for the environment and sustainable development as well as strengthening cooperation. The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) contributes to the effective implementation and full integration of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, acknowledging that a healthy environment is an essential requirement and key enabler for sustainable development. It is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. UNEA enjoys the universal membership of all 193 UN Member States and the full involvement of major groups and stakeholders.

It is indeed remarkable to see the flourishing and progress led by country actions in global movement to circular economy towards sustainable consumption and production agenda. This is one of the key vehicle and response-mechanism to address the triple planetary crisis. The environmental degradation and climate crisis is affecting each of us, our lives, our economies, our societies and our planet! In the ILO, we stand firmly and promote the social justice, that is fundamental and indispensable in climate action. There is no climate justice if the justice is not socially just and inclusive.

Mr. Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Director of ILO Priority Action Programme “Just transitions towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies”

PAGE brings together the expertise of five UN agencies UNEP, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNDP, ILO. Currently, 22 countries joined PAGE, including Indonesia and Morocco who were represented in the panel discussion.

The Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACEREis an alliance of governments at the global level willing to work together on and advocate for a global just circular economy transition and more sustainable management of natural resources at the political level and in multilateral fora.

The Green Fiscal Policy Network was established by a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to promote knowledge sharing and dialogue on green fiscal policies.

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