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PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics Present Findings from Modelling in South Africa

In late 2020, South Africa participated in a bespoke modeling exercise organized on post-COVID-19 economic recovery options by PAGE and Cambridge Econometrics (CE). The research specific to the South African context analyzed spending plans and multisectoral impacts in detail with results shared during a stakeholder workshop on 22 January. 

The country released its South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October 2020 and this modelling focused on establishing estimates related to the future green and economic impacts of the plan. The analysis further offers an additional scenario with a 'green push' for the government's consideration, through measures such as increased investment in renewables and decommissioning coal power plants.

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Out Now: Episode 2 of The Green Renaissance Podcast

 

An essential listen on critical green economic recovery issues, Episode 2 of The Green Renaissance is available now. This episode explores the implementation of a green recovery in practice, and features interviews with Asad Naqvi, Norbert Gorißen (German Federal Ministry for the Environment) and Jenitha Badul (South African Department for the Environment).

 

Launched in 2020, The Green Renaissance publishes a new episode each month - unpacking complex policy questions linked to the green recovery debate and featuring voices from government, business, civil society and youth groups.

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PAGE Hosts National Dialogue on Just Transition in Argentina 

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PAGE Argentina hosted a high-level virtual event with representatives from the Argentine government and labor sector on 15 December. The political meeting gathered individuals from the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, the Ministry of Productive Development; and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) and the General Labor Confederation (CGT) to discuss inclusive green economy, a just transition and green jobs in Argentina. 

 

See the agenda  here. 

Watch the  full video .

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Advancing Sustainable Procurement in Kazakhstan

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An introductory workshop was held in December on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) in Kazakhstan for officials of central and local executive government bodies, representatives of international organizations, business and public associations, and individuals from the private sector. Supported by the Kazakhstan Association of Regional Environmental Initiatives "ECOJER", the webinar addressed the state of public procurement in the country; a feasibility assessment on SPP in development; UNDA Project and PAGE SPP activities; and examples and lessons learned from other UNDP project countries, such as Kyrgyzstan and Georgia.

 

The webinar was organized by PAGE through UNEP and the UN Development Account (UNDA) and under the project "Enhancing sustainable public procurement for the regional transition to inclusive green economy in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia".

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UNITAR and GGKP Launch Green Learning Network

The new Green Learning Network (GLN) is now live, launched by UNITAR and GGKP, with support from PAGE. The online network has been specifically designed as a space for learning institutions and education professionals to share, collaborate and learn from one another. The GLN will actively work to improve existing education and training opportunities and facilitate the creation of new courses, programs and learning resources - ultimately, aiming to build a critical mass of professionals who understand the risks and opportunities of a green transition.

 

The GLN includes both a Learning Hub of green learning resources and a GLN Community

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More Updates from PAGE Partner Countries 

Argentina

Argentina has submitted its new Nationally Determined Contribution  to the UNFCCC. PAGE assisted working with the newly created Board on Labor and Just Transition, helping to integrate aims of "Just Transition" and "Sustainable Jobs".

 

Mato Grosso, Brazil

In December 2020, PAGE organized a training workshop for the public and private sector based on the guidelines for the standardization and certification of Sustainable Tourism Products. Ten companies from the training will be selected to receive implementation support.

 

Mongolia

Following the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 , the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and UN Country Team in Mongolia held the Partnership for Ambitious Climate Action online forum on 22 December 2020. PAGE spoke at the event, which aimed to gather commitments to the new NDC target of a 27.2% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, announced by the President of Mongolia.

 

Burkina faso

Aligned with the National Green Economy Strategy, PAGE supported two virtual workshops in December and January to train government officials and NGO staff in the development of bankable projects aimed at attracting climate funding.

Senegal

Led by UNDP, PAGE conducted a three day training workshop (11-13 December 2020) for 20 young Mékhé women on renewable energy on the use of clean energies to improve health and environmental protection.

 

Ghana

PAGE, in a collaboration with the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), developed a course on green finance targeting public officials and other stakeholders, covering trends, challenges and opportunities in green finance. A pilot training was held on 14-16 December 2020, with a full launch in 2021.

 

South Africa

The Green Economy Progress (GEP) Measurement Framework for South Africa was completed in 2020 with its report validated on 8 December - capturing the dimensions and progress of an Inclusive Green Economy in the country.

 

Guyana

Between 8-10 December, UNEP and UNITAR, under PAGE, co-organized 'Building back better in Guyana through green trade and industrial policies', a virtual workshop for ministry officials on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy at the trade and industrial policy nexus. The training was supported by a former WTO chief economist and lecturers from the University of Guyana.

Read more about partner countries here.

 

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The PAGE Data Observatory has been developed to track socio-economic and health impacts from COVID-19, track policy responses and assess potential focus areas for green recovery in PAGE Countries. Additionally, PAGE Analytical tools can guide analysis, promote green jobs and foster sustainable investments and business models - boosting economies to build a better future for all. 

> Visit the PAGE COVID-19 Hub for more information.

 

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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.