In her opening remarks Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, ILO Director of Sustainable Enterprises, Productivity and Just Transition and member of the PAGE management board, highlighted the diversity of the stakeholders coming from all over the world with different social and economic contexts. She spoke on behalf the PAGE management board.
The PAGE Management Board is responsible for making management decisions at the global level, such as workplan approval and selection of countries. Membership of the PAGE Management Board includes director-level representatives of PAGE agencies.
“The main purpose of the academy is exactly to bring together that diversity of experiences and insights, so that we can learn from each other […] share our different entry points to the green economy. […] All of us have a key role to play.”, she said.
The Academy paid due attention to the challenges faced by green economy policymakers worldwide in navigating environmental and social policy commitments in a time of complex socio-economic contexts and multidimensional crises. A central aspect of the Global Academy was the quest for policies and strategies that deliver not only on environmental objectives but also on social justice, resilience, and equality.
“Germany has been supporting PAGE since the beginning. (…) [The Academy] is a great format that PAGE has set up because it relies on PAGE main philosophy of peer-learning”, said Dr. Veronica Tomei, Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection, Germany and member of the PAGE steering committee. She spoke on behalf of the PAGE steering committee during the opening of the event.
In the spirit of new frontiers, the Academy offers a unique opportunity for inspiration and guidance through global knowledge sharing, comprehensive and peer-reviewed training materials, quality programmes and resources, and different learning methodologies.
The event is led by the ILO and supported by the other PAGE agencies. It brings participants from the private sector, public sector, and civil society. The training was tailored to individual and organizational needs.