South Africa to host the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Conference in Cape Town

12 December 2018

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, will host the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 10 and 11 January 2019. 

Cabinet, in September 2017, approved the hosting of the PAGE Conference by South Africa. This platform supports countries and regions to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Hosting the PAGE Conference will advance the agenda of inclusive growth, and the adoption of a low carbon and climate resilient economy, domestically and on the African continent,” said Minister Mokonyane. 

The 3rd PAGE Ministerial Conference, under the theme Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies, follows two successful conferences which were held in Dubai in 2014 and Berlin in 2017, respectively.

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. It places sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 United Nations 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 United Nations (UN) agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertise and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication.

The Partnership represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action on green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the emerging Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 8: "Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

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 conference will address four themes

  • Green Finance – How do we unlock Green Finance
  • Strategies and Policies for a green economy 
  • Economic and Social Inclusion – how to ensure that vulnerable communities are included in the transition to the green economy through the support of small and medium enterprises
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption in line with Sustainable Development Goal 12.

The South African government has been at the forefront of championing green economy. The 3rd PAGE Ministerial Conference will provide an opportunity for member states to reinforce the commitment to transition to a green/sustainable economy and to demonstrate implementation of the tools and strategies to accelerate, scaling up and to sustain the momentum on deepening green economy principles in the heart of socio-economic and environmental planning frameworks. 

South Africa is working to adopt green economy strategies in line with the National Development Plan Vision 2030, which committed our country to an environmentally sustainable and equitable transition to a low carbon economy. The country is currently implementing programmes to promote energy efficiency, green transport, sustainable housing and climate resilient agriculture.

Media wishing to cover the 3rd PAGE Conference need to register on the link below:

Media are required to register online prior to arrival at the Conference to meet security screening requirements.  Media will not be able to register on arrival at the venue. Media wishing to broadcast live from the conference are required to apply for a temporary broadcast license from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Further PAGE information can be accessed by visiting:

For media enquiries contact:

Albi Modise 
Cell: 083 490 2871