Why partnerships matter? PAGE presents its model at ILO Green Week 2019

3 June 2019 – The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) participated to the ILO Green Week 2019, a full week dedicated to International Labour Organization’s action on sustainability. Within the context of the ILO centenary, exhibitions, dialogues with practitioners, innovators, and ILO strategic partners and a presentation of ILO programmes and initiatives in the field of environmental sustainability were organized at the headquarters of ILO in Geneva.

The first day featured a “Dialogue with ILO strategic institutional partners” bringing together ILO joint programmes and initiatives intended to sum up specialized expertise to tackle pressing environmental, social and economic issues. Together with PAGE other initiative took part to the dialogue, such as UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion, United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), E–Waste Coalition and Environmental Management Group (EMG).

Opening the floor, PAGE presented its joint delivery model of 5 UN agencies bringing together resources, knowledge, expertise and networks to enable countries to develop and implement national plans and economic policies that promote inclusive green economy and help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Recognising that addressing global challenges requires coordinated, multidimensional action that goes far beyond business as usual, PAGE has emerged as a unique alliance that combines diverse knowledges and stakeholders that together work to reframe our economies to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation while providing equal opportunities from youth, women and men. Within the PAGE alliance, ILO contributes bringing in its knowledge and expertise on decent work and social justice, ensuring that the transition to inclusive green economies its fair and just for all.

After a brief overview of the Partnership structure, concrete examples of country support and collaboration with ILO with the Partnership were provided, such as the experience of the green buildings course developed in Mongolia to strengthen capacity building and green skills creation in order to fit the growing demand of the construction sector, in light of the newly adopted National Policy in the Construction Sector in Mongolia, advancing green building and sustainability in the sector. The Mongolia examples shows how policy development often goes hand in hand with the need of new capacities and that a transition towards a greener economy requires new skills and knowledge in order to be sustained. Within this context, ILO’s knowledge of the world of work is essential to avoid skills and knowledge gaps and to make sure that the transition towards greener economies leaves no one behind.

Following the debate, partners were invited to join the market place where discussion continued on possible areas of collaboration and joint action.

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