September 2013 - The new UN partnership, PAGE, which aims to assist countries interested in accelerating their green economy strategies recently held a special event at the UN Headquarters to share the latest plans and national developments.

More than 60 delegates attended the event, with explored “Rio+20: From Outcome to Action – Partnering for Action on Green Economy”.  UNEP Director Elliot Harris joined representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO) and the United Nations Institute and Research (UNITAR), which are the four founding UN agencies of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy or PAGE. 

Presentations from all four partners focused on the value-added from each agency, with UNEP noting the Rio+20 outcome and the need to “deliver as One UN”.  ILO highlighted unsustainable pathways and the provision of assessment tools, while UNIDO examined sustainable industrial development, the greening of industry and the work with UNEP on cleaner production and resource efficiency.  Also, UNITAR presented their e-learning and other capacity building programmes, which will contribute to PAGE. 

The Rio+20 Declaration – The Future We Want – recognized a green economy as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development and poverty eradication.  It called on the United Nations to support interested countries in creating/promoting/developing greener and more inclusive economies. In response to this call for action, UNEP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR initiated PAGE as a voluntary and demand-driven mechanism of support to meet the increasing requests from countries seeking to develop and implement inclusive green economy strategies.

By harnessing the expertise and resources of the different UN agencies and their partners, PAGE intends to be a conduit for a full range of customized support services -- from social mobilization and capacity development to economic assessment, investment and policy formulation, as well as creating and sharing knowledge.