PAGE cited as key delivery mechanism of SDGs in multiple 2019 voluntary national reviews

New York, July 2019 - PAGE was cited as a key delivery mechanism of the Sustainable Development Goals in multiple voluntary national reviews (VNRs) submitted by Member States at the high-level political forum held at the UN Headquarters in July. The VNRs of PAGE's member countries--Uruguay, Mauritius, and Guyana, among others--described PAGE's contributions to advancing the 2030 Agenda in their countries.

VNRs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels. These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the high-level political forum (HLPF). Regular reviews by the HLPF shall provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

The VNRs aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Uruguay

The VNR presented by Uruguay describes PAGE as a means of improving social equity and thus the quality of life of Uruguay's citizens. The report highlights the collaborative nature of PAGE, noting that the Partnership seeks to create a harmonious model of development that takes into account economic, social and environmental factors.

The report also emphasized PAGE Uruguay's success in partnering with private sector institutions, both employers and workers, to maximize its benefits in the country. Uruguay's VNR also cited some of PAGE's signature accomplishments in the country, such as its collaboration with Transforma Uruguay in the Waste Recovery and Circular Economy Project, its support for the Circular Opportunities Program, which promotes circular ideas and business, and its support for the Uruguay Circular Award.

Mauritius

In the VNR of Mauritius, PAGE is noted for its contributions to alternative modes of financing for sustainable development. The report reads, "In 2018, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) launched the Mauritius Green Bonds Market Development Initiative, with the support of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (UN PAGE) to develop a green-bond ecosystem in the country.  Through this Green Bond market, SEM is seeking to gradually open up an avenue to mobilize investments into green and sustainable development projects that address climate change" (113).

PAGE's contributions to finance in Mauritius are listed under SDG 17: "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development."

Guyana

In the review presented by Guyana, PAGE is cited in the context of SDG 8: "Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all." In this context, PAGE contributed to the Green Industry and Trade Assessment (GITA). Guyana undertook this Assessment in 2018 to "inform wider policies for industry and trade" (44). The Assessment also builds upon key components of Vision 2040, Guyana's Green State Development Strategy. It also supports "the Green Business Framework and makes specific recommendations for green industry and green trade policies and programmes" (44).

Going Forward

The presentation of VNRs by Member States at July's HLPF provided an opportunity to share experiences, successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the SDGs. PAGE will continue its important country-level work going forward, always with an eye towards advancing the 2030 Agenda.