Mongolia-Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
The new Partnership for Action on Green Economy, or PAGE, is a response to the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), entitled The Future We Want, which recognizes the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
PAGE will support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty.
The four UN agencies – 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) – will provide a comprehensive suite of green economy services that will enable countries to transform their national economic structures to meet the growing demands and challenges of the 21st century.
More specifically, PAGE will build enabling conditions in participating countries by shifting investment and policies towards the creation of a new generation of assets, such as clean technologies, resource efficient infrastructure, well-functioning ecosystems, green skilled labour and good governance.
The four agencies have previously undertaken joint green initiatives. However, this is the first time that all four partners have come together to coordinate their support, expertise and resources at the national level. During the first two years of the partnership, PAGE will focus on seven pilot countries, yet to be named, and scale up this support to a total of 30 countries by 2020.
The first global conference on PAGE was hosted by the United Arab Emirates in March 2014.
PAGE Activities in Mongolia
With one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Mongolia knows first-hand about the challenges of transitioning to a more inclusive, low-carbon economy.
To address these challenges, the government has enacted a series of environmental laws and developed a national Strategy on Green Development. It has also signed-up to became the first country to benefit from PAGE.
“For the last seven or eight years, we have had great growth from 8 to15 per cent, and it is important that we build on good basics of green growth and green economy,” said Mongolia’s Environment and Green Development Minister Sanjaasuren Oyun at the time.
With high-level backing from the Mongolian government, PAGE aims to support the country in refining and implementing its Green Development Strategy. PAGE is already engaging key stakeholders, hosting workshops and high-level forum in November. An initial economic analysis of the country and a green jobs mapping study have been completed; and, modelling work is underway to quantify the impacts and costs of the country’s transition. Moreover, PAGE is working together on the ground with UNDP, GGGI and other global agencies to provide a coordinated international response to support the country in its ambitions for a greener, more inclusive economy.