September 2015
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Story of the Month - September

China: Green Economy Gaining Speed

As the world's most populous country and second largest economy, China's development trajectory not only affects its 1.3 billion citizens but also impacts the rest of the world. China's rapid economic development over the past 30 years has come at a heavy cost and the Government recognizes the need to make development more inclusive and environmentally sustainable, a principle further supported by the impact of recent market volatility.

In recent years, China has undertaken meaningful efforts to push the green agenda, including exceptional investment in renewable energy, commitment to combating climate change, strong leadership in South-South Cooperation, and high-level support for greening its own economy. 
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About PAGE

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policy and practice.

The Partnership supports nations 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.


PAGE is a direct response to the Rio+20 Declaration, The Future We Want, which called upon the United Nations System and the international community to provide assistance to interested countries in developing, adopting, and implementing green economy policies and strategies.


Bringing together the expertise of five UN agencies - UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNDP, and UNITAR - and working closely with national governments, PAGE offers a comprehensive and coordinated package of technical assistance and capacity building services. 


PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the emerging Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8. 



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PAGE Pre-scoping Mission Held in Jiangsu, China

On 11-12 August 2015, UNEP, UNIDO, and the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy conducted a pre-scoping mission to Nanjing and Zhenjiang in Jiangsu province. This was the first official mission since China became the eighth country to join PAGE in June 2015.
PAGE to Launch National Green Growth Contest for Journalists in Peru

PAGE Peru will launch a media contest this September for working journalists and communications students in their final years of study. The contest will promote and reward journalists who through their broadcast, advertisement, and publications raise public awareness about the benefits and importance of greening growth in Peru.

PAGE Trains Journalists on Green Economy in Ghana

PAGE hosted a two-day training for journalists from 30 to 31 July in Accra, Ghana, on green economy topics in order to enable them to lead the discussion on the issue through their reporting.

The course is offered 14  September through 6 November and aims to provide stakeholders from Government, business, and civil society, an introduction to Inclusive Green Economy  concepts and practice. 
The objective of this consultancy is to craft and implement the PAGE communications strategy, focusing on written communications. This includes work on publications and strategic documents, press releases and events, website and social media.
Country Updates

Green Economy News - Around the Web
South Africa: Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Barbara Thomson opened the Sixth Women and Environment Dialogue in Pretoria, South Africa under the pertinent theme, 'Role of Women in Accelerating a Transition Towards a Green Economy'.

Georgia: The Government of Georgia looks for ways to better use its natural resources and financial capital to turn the country into a green economy in their latest five-year Environmental Strategy.

Malta: Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Leo Brincat recognizes how green economy can benefit society and job creation.

Gambia: The Executive Director of Gambia's National Environmental Agency emphasises the importance of protecting the environment, ensuring that economic development is sustainable, and remediating environmental degradation for a  low-carbon green economy.

Ghana: The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation  interviews PAGE Country Coordinator Samuel Dotse.

Australia: Study reports that more than half of Australian students are chasing dying careers, highlights new opportunities in digital and green economy

GIZ's Sector Project "Sustainable Economic Development" has published a new study on "Benefits of a Green Economy Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa". (Click here to download)

Coursera offers a free course in English on greening the economy beginning 15 September.

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar discussed the Green Economy initiative of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

China: Deborah Lehr discusses how cleaning up China's environment can also be good for its economy.

The Huffington Post examines 5 green myths you probably believe.

Upcoming Events
Fiscal Policy Workshop, 15 September 2015, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

On 14 September 2015, the Group de Recherche et d'Analyse Appliquées pour le Développement (GRAAD) with the support of PAGE will conduct a stakeholder workshop in Ouagadougou, on fiscal policy opportunities to support Burkina Faso's transformation to an inclusive green economy.
SDG Summit Panel Discussion, 25 September 2015, New York


On 25 September 2015, UNEP, the Government of Germany, and UNDP, supported by the PAGE secretariat, will host a high-level panel discussion of the key events and considerations that triggered the change towards an Inclusive Sustainable Growth path and the opportunities to move forward in light of the 2015 SDGs.