At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  These goals aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.

An initial review of the SDGs and their targets shows that most of them can be advanced through an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) approach where growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

How is PAGE meeting the Sustainable Development Goals?

By focusing on the transition towards inclusive greener economies, PAGE is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in many ways, especially with SDGs related to the economy, jobs, the environment and climate change, and partnerships.

PAGE provides a mechanism for SDGs implementation and monitoring:

  • PAGE informs the policy cycle, bringing state-of-the-art knowledge and practice on the economics of sustainability to policy makers’ fingertips. By drawing expertise from different UN agencies and operating largely at the country level, PAGE can deliver a critical mass of support for the SDGs in an integrated manner.
  • PAGE outcomes—such as stakeholder engagement, knowledge generation and sharing, and capacity development—are all essential ingredients for achieving the SDGs.
  • PAGE connects plans for IGE with sources of financing and investment, thus serving as a vehicle to deliver SDGs at the country level.
  • PAGE monitors its impact against a set of expected results, indicators and targets with identified sources of verification, which can be used and adapted to monitor progress in SDG implementation. The technical assessments it supports and by monitoring its own progress against a logical framework, PAGE establishes baselines from which progress in SDG implementation can be assessed. 

For a detailed description of how PAGE provides a means for realizing the SDGs in every country respectively, please visit our Annual Report:

PAGE has particularly directly impacted the realization of the following SGDs:

SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development