The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) celebrated the joining of three new countries to its community: Barbados, Kyrgyz Republic and Brazil (Mato Grosso State).
The announcement was made during the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya, at a press event which featured the participation of the Minister of Environment of Barbados and high level representatives from Brazil (Mato Grosso State) and Kyrgyz Republic, as well the Director for Sustainable Development, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nik Sekhran. The event was also attended by Ministers of Environment and high level representatives from South Africa, Germany, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, Norway and the European Commission.
Mr. Daniar Imanaliev, Deputy Minister of Economy, Kyrgyz Republic, said: "The support that we will get from PAGE will help us to transition from a brown economy to a green economy. PAGE's support will help us to achieve true sustainability".
In her speech, H.E. Bomo Edna Molewa, Minister for Environmental Affairs, South Africa, said: "New PAGE countries, you have joined the team that is winning the world".
PAGE represents a mechanism to coordinate UN action to assist countries in advancing the 2030 Agenda and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all, given its clear focus on generating sustainable growth, employment, income and wealth in an inclusive manner while reducing environmental risks. Achieving the SDGs will require deepening and expanding bilateral and multilateral advisory mechanisms, networks, and partnerships such as PAGE to support countries. This is called for by SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
In his speech, H.E. Denis Lowe, Minister of Environment and Drainage, Barbados, said "The PAGE movement is vitally important to the advancement of the green economy globally".