First Global PAGE Conference

 

GREEN  ECONOMY  FOR  SUSTAINABLE  DEVELOPMENT : PROGRESS  AND  PROSPECTS

 

Background

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a joint initiative by UNEP, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and UNITAR to provide comprehensive assistance to countries seeking to develop and implement inclusive green economy strategies.

The inaugural conference on PAGE was held in the United Arab Emirates, under the Patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The two day event took place from 4 to 5 March 2014.

The conference was an opportunity to review international experience and progress related to green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.  It also considered how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda.  To see the Programme for the PAGE Conference, click here.

More than 450 participants from 66 countries, including 27 Ministers, representing governments, the private sector, civil society and development agencies, attended the meeting. 

The conference was opened by the UAE Minister of Environment and Water, followed by representatives from PAGE countries and PAGE partners, including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.  

This session was followed by parallel thematic discussions on issues relevant for advancing inclusive green economies.

A Chair's Summary – consisting of a set of general principles and policy recommendations to realize economic, social and environmental benefits from transitioning to inclusive, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient green economies – was produced at the end of the conference.

 The objectives of the conference were the following:

1.  Take stock of best practices and lessons learned in advancing an inclusive green economy through policy reforms and shifting investment into key areas of the economy that produce jobs, social equity and income;

2.  Share this knowledge through interactive thematic sessions geared toward developing a set of general principles and policy recommendations to realize economic, social and environmental benefits from transitioning to inclusive green economies; and

3.  Explore the multiple pathways and partnerships – including PAGE - available to countries as they lead these transitions within their national contexts. 

 

DOCUMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS  

Programme

Conference Summary and Conclusions

Speeches

Press Releases

Working paper

Session Concept Notes and Summary Reports

Side Event Documents