World green economy leaders look for ways to spark a new green revolution – and set a path to the 2030 Agenda

27-28 March 2017 – Around 40 ministers, CEOs, high-level representatives of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and trade unions, together with more than 300 sustainable development experts, met in Berlin for the second PAGE global conference on the green economy.

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO, and UNITAR – to support countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories. It assists nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) takes part in PAGE as a capacity-building partner and main organizer of the Global Green Economy Academy: an intensive training on Inclusive Green Economies, which also serves as a knowledge-sharing platform and innovation hub, bringing together governments, social partners, civil society and sustainable development professionals and researchers from all over the world.

Under the overarching theme of “Inclusive Green Economies Powering the Sustainable Development Goals”, the Berlin conference focused on three specific subjects: Green Investments, Sustainable Lifestyles and Inclusive Growth. An exhibition on “Green Economy Pioneers”, hosted by the Green Economy Coalition, was on display throughout the two days to share innovative approaches, business models and global partnerships in support of a green economy transition. Among them, the ILO Green Centenary Initiative for a just transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future and its related capacity building portfolio were featured.

During the two-day event, participants discussed the root economic causes of the growing exploitation of natural resources, climate change and pollution. They were joined by renowned economists, including Jeffrey Sachs and Pavan Sukhdev, to explore ways of fighting inequalities and environmental degradation, based on the transformational goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “We don't have to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy: we can have both,” said UN Environment head, Erik Solheim. “Regardless of current politics, the irreversible global trend is to make our economies cleaner, fairer and more stable. What we need now is a great acceleration – a new green revolution – to make sure we achieve an inclusive green economy while there is still enough green to go around.”

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