The Centre joins a UN-led Global Partnership to help green 30 national economies by 2020
Burkina Faso, Peru, Mauritius, Mongolia, and Senegal are set to boost their economies through a shift of investment and policies towards a new generation of assets that include clean technologies and resource-efficient infrastructure, green skilled labour, well-functioning ecosystems, and good governance.
Such a transformation, supported by the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE), will pay significant dividends in social, environmental and economic terms. PAGE aims to extend its support to 30 countries by 2020.
Over US$ 11 million were announced in donations to support PAGE activities at the first Global PAGE Conference, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on 3 and 4 March 2014.
The event attracted ministers of finance, environment, labour and trade from around the world in addition to high-level UN officials, international experts, and representatives of the business community and civil society. It was one of the first opportunities since the UN Rio+20 Conference in 2012 for governments and other stakeholders to take stock of national progress on the green economy as a pathway for achieving sustainable development and eradicating poverty.
The Rio+20 Declaration – The Future We Want – mandated the United Nations to support countries in their transition to greener and more inclusive economies. The PAGE initiative was created last year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in response to this call for action.
Through the ILO Green Jobs Programme, the Centre has joined the partnership to support its capacity-building component and activities at national and international level. In this framework, the Academy on the Green Economy will be hosted in Turin from 6 to 17 October 2014.
Speaking on behalf of UN PAGE partners, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said: “The Partnership for Action on Green Economy has the potential to help countries improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities in line with their own national development priorities. Growth in income and employment would be driven by public and private investment that reduces carbon emissions and pollution, enhances energy and resource efficiency, and prevents the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.”
“The time has now come to ensure that by 2015 – when the UN Millennium Development Goals transcend into the Sustainable Development Goals – the global community has the strategies and the policies in place to fully integrate nature into economic planning and accounting. Lifting the world’s 1.2 billion poorest to a life of dignity will require financing, innovation, technology transfer and capacity building, along with effective governance and mutually beneficial partnerships at all levels. Underpinning all that is the sustenance of the natural capital upon which any form of development relies”.