Senegal marks another milestone in its efforts to become an inclusive green economy
PAGE and the Government of Senegal, under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, met on October 13-14 to mark eight years of partnership and action to build an inclusive green economy. This event was an opportunity to exchange on the perspectives, challenges and opportunities, in the run-up to COP 27. The two-day event included panels and thematic sessions, exhibitions and a Media Award Ceremony. The aim of the event was to capitalise on the achievements of the PAGE partnership and for the Government of Senegal to lay the foundations for their reinforcement, through a well thought-out sustainability strategy.
This major event witnessed the participation of high representatives of the Government of Senegal and state structures, UN representatives development partners, the private sector, civil society, the research and education sector, workers’ and employers’ organizations, and and employers’ organizations, and the public. Approximately 150 participants attended.
“PAGE has allowed us to take important steps. Senegal’s commitment to green is becoming more pronounced. We need to consolidate the achievements.”, underlined Amadou Lamine Diagne, member of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development who was present at the Closing Workshop.
Senegal was one of the first countries to join the PAGE initiative in 2014. Since then, the PAGE initiative has implemented numerous actions in Senegal through an ambitious program (2014-2019), with an extension phase (2020-2022) and a program to support a green and economic recovery, following the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The partnership in Senegal has contributed to progress towards SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 17 (Partnership for the Goals).
Siaka Coulibaly, UN Resident Coordinator in Senegal, highlighted that “PAGE is a model that we must evaluate and duplicate in all our future interventions” in his opening address while Dramane Haidara, ILO Director in Senegal, added that “Senegal has fully understood that the green economy is the way to sustainable development.”
The five UN agencies of PAGE presented their actions, impact and results through panel discussions and thematic sessions. The event also hosted exhibitions of PAGE’s partners: women of the classified forest of Mbao, solar production unit of Mékhé production unit of Mékhé, Typha-based thermal insulation materials production project (PNEEB) beneficiaries of the training courses Manage Your Business Better (GERME) and members of the National Multi-Stakeholder Platform on the Green Economy (PNEV).
During the Media Award Ceremony 12 prizes distributed in the categories of TV, Radio, Press and Web.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) aims to put sustainability at the heart of economic policy-making. PAGE is the expertise and mandate of five UN agencies; UNEP, UNDP, ILO, UNIDO, and UNITAR, whose expertise and support assist and lead PAGE partner countries towards their transition to an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) by providing policy advice, assessments, capacity development and analytical tools outputs. Currently, there are 22 PAGE partner countries, Cambodia and Rwanda joined in 2022