Minister Dr Edna Molewa to attend the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) conference

24 March 2017


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa will attend the Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) titled: “Inclusive and Sustainable Economies - Powering the Sustainable Development Goals.” The conference takes place on 27 and 28 March 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

PAGE is the United Nations (UN) programme which brings together the expertise of five UN 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. South Africa became a member of this programme in 2015.

The PAGE programme aims to further strengthen the cooperation, coordination and capabilities required to implement the country’s transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and pro-employment development path. The PAGE Programme for South Africa has three main objectives:

  • To contribute to better policy coordination, strengthen dialogue and help deepen collaboration in green economy policy, planning and implementation processes;
  • To identify potential and enabling factors for selected green economy sectors and/or industrial segments with the intent of promoting sector reform;
  • To strengthening capabilities through enhanced green economy training, learning and knowledge sharing, including support for national learning institutions in South Africa.

The above objectives are intrinsically linked to the country’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 - for South Africa’s transition to an environmentally sustainable, climate-change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society.

The PAGE Conference will focus on the themes of green investment, sustainable lifestyles and inclusive growth. Aligning financial flows with climate protection, enabling consumers to choose healthy and low-carbon lifestyles, as well as empowering the poor through jobs, access to education, health, skills and an equitable share of economic growth, constitute the necessary ingredients for the transformational change called for in the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

Minister Molewa will participate in various engagements including a debate titled: Whose Prosperity? Forward Steps to Building Inclusive, Sustainable Economies.  This debate provides 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.

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