Continuing with the current trajectories of our economies is not an option in an era of climate breakdown, increasing environmental risks and scarcities, growing economic uncertainty, unprecedented inequalities, and devastating health crises such as COVID-19.
Achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework requires unprecedented economic transformation, as well as disruptive technologies and innovation where the growth of jobs, income and prosperity is driven by policies and investments that deliver global sustainability solutions.
PAGE brings together the specialized expertise of five United Nations agencies to accelerate a just transition to a low carbon, resource efficient, nature friendly and socially inclusive economy.
PAGE assists countries in: reframing economic policies and national development planning around sustainability and social inclusion; creating an enabling environment to finance the transition; and developing capacity for policy development and implementation. PAGE also informs global public and policy debates, drawing on country experiences.
PAGE is entering a new phase: between 2021 and 2030 with the aim to deepen its engagement with current partner countries, assist new countries in integrated economic policy development and national planning, and widen its alliance with other institutions, initiatives and programmes.
The objective is to catalyse and strengthen a fair and green economic transformation. These activities will add to the momentum for a sustainability revolution and create an enabling environment to achieve goals and targets of global sustainability agreements, especially the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement and Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.
PAGE inspires, informs and enables countries at various stages of their policy development.
Principles for country engagement include demand and ownership of the country; inter-ministerial engagement, and inclusion of the private sector and civil society; tailor-made, responsive, flexible and dynamic support for each country; and focus on performance and mutual accountability among all partners.
During the Inception Phase (year one), PAGE engages with high-level government representatives and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator. Medium-term results and a programmatic framework are developed. This paves the way to a three-year full implementation phase, which focuses on capacity development and policy reform.
A phase-out year (year five) prepares for the period beyond core PAGE support, including the development of a sustainability strategy. Limited, post-graduation support is provided for countries to consolidate policy processes.
Following five years of PAGE core engagement, “graduated” countries remain in the PAGE family. Selective support is available, such as case-by-case and timebound “alumni” support, and well as support from the competitive Green Economy Challenge Fund.
PAGE support to countries is time-bound and results-oriented. Countries join PAGE through a demand-driven and criteria-based selection process, which emphasizes government commitment.
- Demonstrated high-level support and commitment of key ministries, evidence of inter-ministerial coordination.
- Identified linkages with relevant national planning processes such as for the SDGs, NDCs and NBSAPs.
- Regional balance and inclusion of both larger and smaller economies.
- Presence and complementarity of other programmes from PAGE.