Dakar, Senegal, 17-19 November 2015 -  PAGE Week was held in Dakar, Senegal under the theme "The Transition to a Green Economy in Senegal: political and strategic framework to stimulate action”. The event, jointly organised by the Government of Senegal and PAGE, offered national actors a platform to review progress and share experiences on the transition toward a green economy in Senegal. The week focussed on the main achievement in the country’s second year as a PAGE partner and looked at new opportunities to continue on the path towards an inclusive green economy in line with the objectives of the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE).

The principal aims of the event included:

  • Officially validate and launch the National Green Jobs Strategy and the operational programme for implementation – a joint programme co-financed by the national government, UNDP (through GEF) and PAGE;
  • Validate and launch a national strategic document on green economy produced by a committee of parliamentarians and members of the Economic, social and environmental council;
  • Validate and disseminate results of a green industry assessment and other studies conducted by PAGE;
  • Share national experiences in the promotion of green economy to share best practices; and
  • Consult national stakeholders on future PAGE activities as outlined in the logical framework.

It is clear that since the adoption of the final declaration of Rio + 20 in June 2012, significant efforts have been made by Senegal in the transition towards a greener economy. This has been demonstrated by the Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) adopted in February 2014, the National Sustainable Development Strategy, the National Policy for the Management of Wetlands in Senegal, the Sectoral Policy Letter on the Environment and Natural Resources, and the joining PAGE in 2014.

PAGE aims to support Senegal in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of its economy.