Partnership for Action on Green Economy
PAGE unites five United Nations agencies — UNEP, the ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR — to provide integrated and holistic support to countries on eradicating poverty, increasing jobs and social equity, strengthening livelihoods and environmental stewardship and sustaining growth, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication of efforts. Launched in 2013 following the Rio+20 Conference, PAGE currently supports 20 countries, working with national and regional governments to build inclusive, green economy transitions. The work is demand-driven and aligns with national priorities to support concrete action and accelerate action on SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.
PAGE aims to put sustainability at the heart of economic policymaking and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda through an inclusive green economy approach. PAGE works directly with governments to deliver technical assistance across policy development, sectoral reform, and capacity-building for inclusive, green economy transitions. This support fosters enabling environments for lasting change that aims to achieve the 2030 Agenda and SDGs with lasting change that is embedded within national and regional policies and institutions. Through assessments and economic modelling PAGE leverages technical expertise to guide policymakers with sound research to make informed decision-making and enact institutional changes that holistically and inclusively benefit both people and the planet.
PAGE countries work to transform their economies to eradicate poverty, increase jobs and social equity, strengthen livelihoods and environmental stewardship, and sustain investment and growth in line with the SDGs, working across sectors and to seek the integration of policies and strategies that will enable them to achieve multiple targets through an inclusive green economy approach. Economic policies are transformed around sustainability and enabling policies strengthened that benefit the whole society.
PAGE Partner Countries receive services for policy development and implementation, capacity-building and financing for inclusive green economy transitions, tailored to their individual needs and circumstances. PAGE support to countries is time-bound and results-oriented. Principles for country engagement include ownership of the country; inter-ministerial engagement, and inclusion of the private sector and civil society; tailor-made, responsive, flexible and dynamic support for each country; and focus on performance and mutual accountability among all partners. During the Inception Phase, PAGE engages with high-level government representatives and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator. Medium-term results and a programmatic framework are developed during year one. This paves the way to a three-year full implementation phase, which focuses on capacity development and policy reform. A phase-out year prepares for the period beyond core PAGE support, including the development of a sustainability strategy.
PAGE has delivered results across its 20 partner countries to date assisting partner countries in developing 79 national policies and development plans, training over 15,000 individuals and inspiring 96 countries to act on greening their economies, in line with the priorities of the 2030 Agenda. Partnering with 221 national institutions and ministries, PAGE has also carried out 125 assessments, 274 consultations and workshops, and developed 18 knowledge products and 21 training packages. PAGE also fosters knowledge-sharing between partners to enhance the impact of lessons learned and best practices. At the country level, PAGE collaborates with ministries and stakeholders who are engaged in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda providing coordinated UN support for national sustainable development policy reform. The evidence-based support has resulted in medium and long-term change primarily across SDGs 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, and 17.
Being demand-driven and connected to governments ensures PAGE’s success and contribution to long-term, country-owned progress on sustainable development. While government priorities can shift, PAGE remains flexible to serve countries without compromising on the goal of sustainable and inclusive development. To further ensure change is lasting and driven from within countries, PAGE maintains an embedded National Coordinator at the country level, and stays engaged with UN Resident Coordinators and collaborating partners, ensuring knowledge sharing, country-ownership, adequate prioritization and collaboration that can avoid duplicated efforts.
PAGE stands as an example of UN reform in action, uniting five UN agencies and engaging regularly with PAGE country teams and UN Resident Coordinators, working collaboratively and employing expertise as one. PAGE aims to model best practices of leveraging collective action for reaching the SDGs. Moreover, in 2021 PAGE has entered its second phase with plans to scale-up, increase reach and support 30 countries by 2030. Between 2021-2030, the Partnership will deepen its engagement with current partner countries, assist new countries in integrated economic policy development and national planning, and widen its alliance with other institutions, initiatives and programmes, including from the private sector and civil society, with special attention to youth and gender movements. This will include greater South-South and Triangular Cooperation which will enable partners to share their best practices and transfer knowledge to further expand the impact of the Partnership.
In 2020, PAGE contributed to the development and incorporation of environmental sustainability and green economy thinking into guiding UN documents: A UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19; the UN Sustainable Development Group’s (UNSDG) guidance note to UN Country Teams on Economic Transformation; The UN Secretary General’s Policy Brief on The World of Work and COVID-19; and the Report of the UN Economist Network for the UN 75th Anniversary: Shaping the Trends of Our Time. Additionally, assessment, monitoring and engagement across partners culminated in commitments to 14 PAGE Partner Countries for targeted inclusive green recovery support. This support mechanism is complementary to ongoing PAGE work for sustainable development transformation in these countries.
SDGS & Targets
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Deliverables & Timeline
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PAGE works across 20 partner countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.