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PAGE Receives 9 Additional Country Proposals for Green Recovery Support 

Following the successful  selection of five countries  to receive targeted green recovery funds in November, PAGE has received additional applications from 9 partner countries. These additional program proposals have been submitted from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Indonesia, Ghana, Barbados, the Kyrgyz Republic and Uruguay.

 

Themes within these proposals include policy assessments for fiscal support to green businesses; assessing and developing policy strategies to support sustainable consumption and production practices; green economy educational development and awareness-raising among youth; and technical support to create enabling environments for high potential SMEs in the sustainable agro-processing industry. 

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Further Commitments to PAGE Announced as 2030 Strategy Kicks-Off in January 

As PAGE sets out to implement its new 10-year plan, the  PAGE Strategy 2021-2030 , to deliver on the Decade of Action on Sustainable Development, two of its long-term partners, the Republic of Korea and Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), have announced contributions to further their engagement with the Partnership.

 

With enhanced reach a key element to the new Strategy, these strengthened relationships are crucial to success as PAGE scales-up and seeks to deliver on global climate and sustainability goals. Working collaboratively among partners is one of the defining elements of the PAGE identity and these renewed commitments reinforce the momentum as we enter 2021. 

 

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Republic of Korea and Sida

 

Country Spotlight: Mongolia

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While Mongolia joined PAGE in 2013 and graduated in 2018, it remains a key member of the PAGE family, most recently committing to a green recovery with a proposal for support through PAGE's Green Recovery Funds.

 

Throughout the course of the partnership, there have been a number of achievements in Mongolia, including the integration of IGE goals and targets into national economic and development planning; sectoral and thematic reforms in green buildings and construction, green finance, waste management and sustainable procurement; and strengthened institutional capacity of government institutions, the media, universities, research institutes and businesses. Building on this foundation, the new proposal includes national targeting for growth in the eco-tourism sector, in order to serve livelihoods among those hardest hit by COVID-19 impacts, such as rural communities. 

 

"PAGE is a great example how the UN action on green economy can be coordinated at the global level."

 

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, Tapan Mishra

The development of this proposal engaged the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, PAGE Agencies and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, Tapan Mishra. Continue reading for Mishra's perspective on the plans for green recovery in the country.

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Updated regularly with the latest information from PAGE Countries, the  PAGE Data Observatory  tracks socio-economic and health impacts from COVID-19, policy responses and assess potential focus areas for green recovery among partners. Along with  PAGE's Analytical tools , the tracking supports guidance to promote green jobs, foster sustainable investments and business models and overall assist in a sustainable recovery process, boosting economies to build a better future for all. 

 

The latest updates cover trade, fiscal responses, manufacturing and social policy responses :

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PAGE Partners Host Dialogue on a Just Transition in the Textile Industry in China

Co-hosted by the ILO and the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) under PAGE and in partnership with the ILO-SIDA regional project on Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains in Asia, an online discussion was held on 18 November 2020 on a Just Transition in the Textile Sector in China. The dialogue analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on the textile and garment sector in China - within the broader global and regional context - and put forward the development visions of the sector's green transition toward environmental sustainability and circularity.

 

The event offered a platform for participants from the industry, social partners, the private sector and academic institutions to interact with international and national experts and practitioners on promoting a Just Transition and Green Jobs in the post-COVID-19 recovery process in China and beyond .  

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Green jobs and a just transition: Country perspectives

PAGE Partner Countries, South Africa and Argentina, joined the GGKP-led webinar  Green Jobs and a Just Transition: Country Perspectives  on 18 November to present their respective experiences, best practices and national strategies for overcoming challenges in working towards just and green development.

 

Offering particular insights on green economic recovery potential, this is the third edition of a five-part GGKP webinar series, under the project  Green Economy Transformation: Synergies between Low-carbon Pathways and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), in cooperation with PAGE running from 2018 to 2021. 

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New Climate Emergency Series Launches with Webinar on Green Recovery

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PAGE Secretariat Head, Asad Naqvi, joined a new Climate Emergency Series on Green Recovery on 19 November, sitting among panellists to discuss sustainable pathways for economic recovery from COVID-19 impacts.  

 

Hosted by political affairs magazine Holyrood, the kick-off event sets the stage for further discussions among decision makers and other stakeholders on inclusive and sustainable recovery, as a precursor to COP26. 

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Country updates

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UNITAR Continues to Grow Education Alliance for Green Economy in the Kyrgyz Republic 

Following the creation of the University Alliance for Green Economy and Sustainable Development (AVZUR) in 2019, led by the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), PAGE has worked with AVZUR to integrate green economy learning into the curricula of various university degrees - building the capacities of current and future decision-makers and ensuring the sustainability of PAGE interventions. UNITAR has committed to support the development of courses including Economics of Climate Change in Central Asia (OSCE Academy); Green and Sustainable Finance (International Alatoo University); Agriculture and Green Growth (Kyrgyz National Agrarian University); Green Economy and International Trade (AUCA); and Introduction to Green Economy (Kyrgyz Economic University). 

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Mato Grosso Pushes Forward on Sustainable Construction Planning 

PAGE Mato Grosso (Brazil) has completed an analysis of state, national and international experiences on sustainable construction, with the results delivered to a meeting with the Secretariat of Cities. The meeting highlighted local practices, informing on sub-national standards for sustainable construction, and conversations with the Legislative Assembly regarding policy development for sustainable construction followed.  

 

This follows work from 2019 in which master plans were developed in the Municipality of Salto do Céu, Brazil. 

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National Policies Take Shape in Argentina on Climate and Development 

In its first year of implementation, the PAGE program in Argentina is contributing to policymaking and practice, aiding in the development of two special boards established in the National Cabinet of Ministers for Climate Change within the Ministry of Labor. The "Green Jobs and Just Transition Board," announced on 21 September, and the “Sustainable Production Board” are envisioned to provide a high-level policy anchor for the PAGE program in Argentina, enabling Green Economy issues promoted by PAGE to be officially captured by a central policy-making mechanism. 

 

PAGE has also participated in the development of two special inter-ministerial agreements in 2020, one between the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Environment for the promotion of youth green employment, and another between the Ministry of Labor and the Matanza Riachuelo (ACUMAR) River Basin Authority to promote green jobs in the industrial area through professional skills development. 

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More from PAGE Partner Countries

 

Senegal : PAGE Senegal presented its experience on climate change with other West African countries in a webinar organized by UNITAR on 13 October as part of a sub-regional exchange initiative using the UN: CC Learn platform.  

 

Mauritius : The ILO and its national partner, the University of Mauritius, presented initial findings from recent modeling on green jobs, conducted with PAGE's support, at a webinar on the  Macroeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 in Mauritius  on 29 October. The webinar was part of a series are hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator Office, the World Bank, Trade Economics and the University of Mauritius, centered around the theme of COVID-19 economic recovery.  

 

Mongolia : PAGE participated in a UN Workshop on Social, Economic and Environmental Impact of Shocks Induced by COVID-19 in Mongolia on 20 November, co-hosted by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Mongolia in collaboration with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). 

 

Kazakhstan : Supporting the Low Carbon Development Concept 2050 of Kazakhstan, PAGE has contributed to development of a policy vision and model for the waste sector, which  was presented within technical consultations on 12 and 13 November with more than 60 representatives of governmental bodies, international organizations and NGOs.  

 

India : The first official National Steering Committee Meeting was held on 17 November in India, in which the  stocktaking study was presented, providing considerable input into the NSC Meeting and serving as the main guide for country programming moving forward. 

 

Webinar: South African National Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework, 8 December. Join this webinar to learn more about the Green Economy Progress Measurement Framework and its application in South Africa. Learn more

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PAGE Podcast Series

Coming Soon:  PAGE is launching The Green Renaissance: How to Rebuild the Global Economy - a new podcast series on green recovery. Join once a month as we unpack the complex policy questions that will determine the fate of our economies, our societies, and our planet for decades to come. With voices contributing from government, business, civil society and youth, The Green Renaissance will be an essential listen on green recovery.

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Webinar: Using Green and Digital Technologies to Reduce Food Waste  

UNEP and the Thailand Environment Institute will be hosting this webinar to provide discussion on innovative solutions for urban food waste. Join to learn more about how green technologies can drive sustainable consumer choices.

 

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Green Economy in the News

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Investing in a sustainable future with green bonds

In a recent article, PAGE partner the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) discusses how green bonds can aid infrastructure development that can also tackle climate goals using South Africa as an example. Read on for a conversation between Vera Scholz, Director of GIZ's Climate Change, Environment, Infrastructure Division and PAGE Management Board member Steven Stone on the evolution of green economy.  

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Launched in 2013, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . PAGE supports countries and regions 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 their economies.