PAGE Ministerial Conference 2017
In 2015, South Africa joined the global programme, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) to strengthen the cooperation, coordination and capabilities required to implement the country’s transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and pro-employment development path.
PAGE is a UN-programme which brings together the expertise of five agencies – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), to support countries and regions to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda.
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Conference titled: “Inclusive and Sustainable Economies - Powering the Sustainable Development Goals.” The conference took place on 27 and 28 March 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
The two-day Conference focused on the themes of green investment, sustainable lifestyles and inclusive growth. Under discussion were the necessary ingredients for the transformational change called for in the 2030 Agenda.
The Paris Agreement requires the alignment of financial flows with the need to respond to climate change. These processes must enable consumers to choose healthy and low-carbon lifestyles, as well as to empowerthe vulnerable poor through jobs, access to education, health, skills and create conditions for equitable sharingof economic benefits.
The debates at PAGE provided an opportunity for South Africa to highlight progress on the implementation of the country’s Green Economy Strategy, with a focus on socio-economic benefits derived from greening industries without compromising the integrity of the environment.
Minister Molewa participated in various engagements including a debate titled: Whose Prosperity? Forward Steps to Building Inclusive, Sustainable Economies. This debate provided an opportunity for South Africa to highlight progress on the implementation of the country’s Green Economy Strategy, with a focus on socio-economic benefits derived from greening industries without compromising the integrity of the environment.
In South Africa, the green economy is seen as an important means to respond to some of the critical and intertwined development challenges that range from unemployment, poverty and inequality to energy security and climate change. The government of South Africa – and increasingly organised business and labour – are embracing the green economy as a means to attain inclusive and equitable growth that leads to sustainable development and promotes poverty eradication and the creation of green jobs.
Speaking at the Conference, Minister Molewa added that South Africa was among the pioneers in adopting the green economy strategies. The hallmark was the signing of the Green Economy Accord in 2011 and the adoption in 2012 of the National Development Plan 2030, which committed our country to an “environmentally sustainable and equitable transition to a low carbon economy.”
Minister Dr Edna Molewa advocates for inclusive Green Economy
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa called for the inclusion of young people in the economy of our countries, in the process of transition and transformation into a sustainable future. She stated that we must use this opportunity to ensureinclusive and equitable growth that leads to sustainable development and promotes poverty eradication, eliminates inequality and creates green jobs.