Peru-Partnership for Action on Green Economy
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 Peru
In late 2013, Peru was selected to become the second country to benefit from the PAGE initiative after the government formally requested support to advance its green economy transition. Within the last 10 years, Peru has achieved significant economic growth, but this growth has not always led to improve the welfare its society. Natural resources and the environment, competitiveness and employment, and opportunity and access to services represent three of the six priority areas under its National Strategic Plan for Development or “Peru towards 2021.” PAGE has been asked specifically to assist in shaping the green economy and social inclusion sections of the strategy.
Through ILO’s Regional Office in Lima, and in cooperation with UNEP’s Regional Office, the Partnership’s initiative is now underway and a draft action plan will be presented and reviewed at an inception workshop scheduled to be held in Spring 2014.