UN-PAGE Ministerial, Cape Town, South Africa

January 10th - 11th 2019

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Our Green Economy Coalition Global Meeting will take place this year in Cape Town, South Africa, immediately preceeding the UN PAGE Ministerial Conference. We'll be attending the PAGE Ministerial, as will many of our delegates, and part of our Global Meeting will be devoted to discussing the themes and outcomes of the UN conference, and ensuring that the voices of real citizens and ordinary voters are heard at the highest levels of the ministerial event - making sure that everyone gets a stake in the green economy.

The PAGE Ministerial itself will bring together over 300 leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development partners, media and the public to explore how our economies and financial markets can be “enablers” for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

It aims to gather first movers to share experience on transformational processes, on challenges and progress, to compare notes and engage in an open debate about what it takes to further a “just transition” to economies which are more inclusive, stable and sustainable.

UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy

Globalisation has created wealth across the world, lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty. But has too much of the wealth ended up in the hands of too few? How can our model for globalisation be reconfigured to promote more equal, stable economies which do not overstretch environmental resources?

Our current socio-economic system, many argue, is increasing inequalities and accelerating climate change and destruction of the environment. Sustainable Development Goals — the UN’s roadmap to prosperity for all on a healthy planet — will require considerable financial resources. Many experts are now calling for a change to our entire model of doing business, by measuring national prosperity beyond GDP, sharing wealth equitably, and shifting economies to an inclusive, sustainable model. But how can these goals be met, and what are the risks to an increasingly strained global jobs market and the needs of developing nations?

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) was launched in 2013 as a response to the call at Rio+20 to support those countries wishing to embark on greener and more inclusive growth trajectories.

PAGE seeks to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and 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 brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication.