October 2015
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PAGE and the Sustainable Development Goals

On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, setting ambitious global development targets to be achieved by the year 2030.

By focusing on the transformation to an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE), PAGE is well aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. PAGE can be useful to countries in achieving many of the SDGs as IGE aims to benefit people and the planet through increased prosperity. 
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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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The Partnership for Action on Green Economy

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Geneva, Switzerland

PAGE Launches Call for Applications

PAGE is now accepting applications to become a Partner Country. The PAGE Application Form provides information about the application process and guidance for interested countries. 

A separate document, Planning and Implementing a National PAGE Partnership provides detailed information on planning and implementing PAGE at the national level. 
Global Environment Leaders Explore Policies to Put World on Inclusive Sustainable Growth Path

On 25 September 2015, over 150 participants, including environment ministers and representatives from Government, country assistance agencies, finance and investment, civil society, and international organizations, took part in a high-level event in New York focusing on the central theme of sustainable and inclusive growth and its role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The workshop, held in Accra on 8 September, was the second of a series of consultative sessions that will be undertaken in Ghana to develop a robust Green Economy Action Plan for the country, as a vehicle for integrating and reinforcing inclusive green economy goals and national economic and development planning.
On 16 September, PAGE Peru launched a media contest  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.
Country Updates

Green Economy News - Around the Web

Slovenia: Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning unveils plan for green economy.

The Global Commission on Economy and Climate demonstrates how climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn.

Paris is going green in preparation for COP21 in December.

Tunisia incorporates green economy into its 2016-2020 Strategic Development Plan. 

BarbadosMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean highlights how Barbados' approach to the green economy is spurring innovation and new economic activity. 

USAEnvironmental Protection Agency announces $1.9 million to small businesses to support green economy. 

Belarus: Ambassador Alexander Ostrovsky underscores that Belarus sees the green economy as an integral part of sustainable development. 

China: HSBC recognizes that China's green transition means more opportunities for the financial market.

Malaysia: Ministry of Finance increases focus on green economy at budget meetings for 2016.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner emphasizes the integration of environmental, social, and economic development in the SDGs. 
Upcoming Events
Ghana Green Economy Week 
19-22 October 2015, Accra, Ghana

Ghana will host a Green Economy Week form 19-22 October to highlight national efforts to green the economy and launch the Green Economy Assessment Report. During the event priority sectors will be announced for PAGE green economy engagement. 
Regional Green Economy Forum for Latin America
2-6 November 2015, Cartagena, Colombia

The forum will support the analysis, dissemination, and exchange of knowledge and experiences, policy instruments, and strategies to promote the adoption of green and inclusive economies in Latin America. 
Regional Forum for Africa
9-13 November 2015, Accra, Ghana

From 9 to 13 November 2015, a Regional Forum for Africa will be held in Accra, Ghana on "Greening industries and green entrepreneurship promotion as a driver of sustainable and inclusive growth in rural Africa"

1st Global Forum on Green Economy Learning
 16-18 December 2015, Paris, France

The 1st Global Forum on Green Economy Learning will bring together policy-makers, development partners, as well as representatives from education and training institutions, NGOs and business associations to identify opportunities for scaling-up green economy learning.