Individual, institutional and planning capacities for inclusive green economy action strengthened at national and global level.
PAGE has been supporting partner countries by way of designing and implementing nationally tailored training packages and programmes on specific priority areas with the overall objective of capacity-building and awareness creation on Inclusive Green Economy (IGE).
Achievements to 2020:
- 72 national institutions strengthened capacity to deliver IGE policy analysis or training or to lead policy and stakeholder consultation processes
- 15,123 people (8,496 additional in 2020) trained through national and sub-national level training programmes and in globally or regionally offered on-line training programmes and on- campus training programmes
- An average of 93% of course and training participants reported increased capacity on IGE related issues in national, global and regional training programmes
- 21 training packages (6 additional in 2020) of IGE training programmes and specific training modules offered to countries (on the global and national level)
Mongolia has strengthened both institutional and individual capacities for IGE action — and it has built public awareness through media training and communication campaigns, additionally sharing knowledge and experience via lectures, press talks and interviews.
PAGE has taken an institutional approach to build capacity, supporting SDG 17, target 17.16, by enhancing multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge and expertise:
Formulating a learning strategy
The National Green Economy Learning Strategy was developed and transformed into sub-programme of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). It ultimately informed the Government’s Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development and the new Higher Education Policy;
Collaborating with education institutions
PAGE worked with Mongolian universities to integrate Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) into tertiary programmes and curricula, with a course on sustainable finance tested in April 2019. The textbook was distributed to other higher education institutions, with components integrated into six courses. A course on green modelling was also offered by the University of Finance and Economics and the National University of Mongolia and run at the Mongolian State University of Life Sciences from 2019-2020. Furthermore, a certified training on green buildings by the Construction Development Centre and Mongolian University of Science and Technology was established. Finally, a new introductory e-course on green economy was developed in partnership with several Mongolian Universities and launched during the “Green Technology Exhibition 2020” in October 2020;
Capacity-building in government
Through PAGE, stakeholders within the national government – including the Ministry of Finance, National Statistical Office (NSO) and MET – have built their capacities, enabling them to carry policy work forward. In addition, PAGE has worked provincially to strengthen capacities to develop and elaborate aimag policy documents. Training on green economy has been delivered to nearly 200 policymakers from the Aimag Governor’s office and other institutions;
Capacity-building of research institutes
With PAGE support, the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Centre (EPCRC) produced several reports on green development, including a stocktaking report, a green jobs mapping and a green economy policy assessment report. The Centre has developed the ability to run macro-economic models for assessing the impact of green investments on key parameters such as jobs, GDP growth and emissions; and
Capacity-building of businesses
The national architecture and design company (NAP LLC) that delivered the green school buildings design is working towards becoming the first Mongolian green building architecture company. In addition, the Mongolian Marketing Consulting Group (MMCG) carried out the demand for green credits and worked on drafting the Green Economy Learning Strategy. MMCG has established the Green Business Council to promote sustainable production and environmental management among SMEs.
PAGE has carried out a number of capacity-building activities for individuals, in line with SDG 4, target 4.7, ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development. Examples include:
In 2015, an IGE training manual was developed and used for training events with the media and local and central government decision-makers;
In December 2015, a study group comprised of government stakeholders visited Sweden and the United States to gain insights on implementing IGE policies;
SDGs and IGE concepts
A training event was organized in February 2016 for representatives from key ministries and the broader environmental sector on SDGs and the National Green Development Plan (NGDP);
Green building energy and water efficiency
A training was held in September 2016 for policymakers and professionals working in the construction sector;
SDGs and natural resource indicators
A workshop was held in May 2016 on SDGs and natural resource indicators for participants involved in policy development and monitoring; and
Material flow accounts
A workshop was held in May 2016 on material flow for policymakers, academia and researchers.
The exchange between the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia is a leading example of South-South and Triangular cooperation, recognized in September 2018 in a report highlighting best practices in South-South and Triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system.
Centered around two study visits and the yearly Green Economy Weeks, the exchange focused on a wide range of policy processes supporting a green economy transition, including the development of national plans, sustainable public procurement, sustainable finance, and waste management. This exchange supported SDG 17, target 17.9 around international cooperation.
PAGE has worked with universities, government institutions and international training and research centres to increase knowledge and capability.
Two courses have been put in place on green economy and green economy models: The course on green economy models has been offered by the University of the Pacific as part of its curriculum from September 2020 and a broader university course on green economy for public services has been offered since 2019, as an elective in the School of Public Management of the University, aiming to build capacity across government institutions. PAGE work with the University of the Pacific supports SDG 4, target 4.7 and SDG 17, 17.16, by ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development and enhancing multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Considerable efforts have been made to increase general and technical IGE knowledge across the following groups:
From 2014 to 2018, eight workshops, presentations and training sessions in the T21 model were conducted, involving all target sectors. As a result, national experts have enhanced capacity to support evidence-based policymaking for the green economy transition, supporting SDG 17, target 17.19.
Workshops were conducted in August, September and November 2018 to develop capability in modelling sectoral policies using the Integrated Green Economy Modelling (IGEM) framework and T21 model. Two researchers have received training on the methodology and calibration tools for VENSIM simulation software for modelling work. This supports SDG 17, targets 17.18 and 17.19, by increasing the availability of data and measurements of progress.
Media and general public
PAGE has accumulated a growing community of followers on its national website. In 2015, a national media competition entitled ‘Journalists for Green Growth’ rewarded journalists who seek to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of green growth. This work supports SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education, awareness-raising on climate change mitigation.
Efforts have been made throughout Peru’s involvement in the partnership to share experiences and lessons learned. At the first consultation workshop for PAGE Uruguay in July 2017, the national coordinator for Peru was present to share experiences and lessons from PAGE implementation. Lessons from Mauritius regarding the development of a communications campaign as part of the sustainability strategy have also been exchanged with Peru.
In particular, Senegal showcases a successful example of an institutional approach to training green entrepreneurs through a training of trainers programme, run with local partners with a proven multiplier effect.
A number of capacity-building activities have been undertaken in Senegal to build institutional capacity:
Assessing learning needs
In October 2018, PAGE completed a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment, focusing on the public sector. The assessment supports the achievement of SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs;
Developing local IGE training programmes
In the framework of PAGE, UNITAR and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration established a cooperation to integrate training modules on Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) into the different elements of the school’s course programme – with seven modules being used in its continuing formation. Through this training, policymakers and civil servants will be given a strong foundation in green economy that they can apply to their areas of work in judiciary, fiscal policy, customs and public management. This supports SDG 17, target 17.9, by enhancing international support for implementing effective capacity-building;
Cultivating green entrepreneurship
PAGE supported the development of green entrepreneurship training and its application as a new addition to the GERME (Gérez Mieux votre Entreprise) programme — an established ILO Training Tool on Business Creation and Management. In November 2017, PAGE organized a train-the-trainer event with 21 trainers from Senegal and five from Burkina Faso. In December 2018, 19 of these trainers went on to practice their coaching skills with 37 entrepreneurs to help them integrate environmental dimensions into their businesses. This supports SDG 8, target 8.5, by promoting decent work and SDG 17, target 17.9, by enhancing international support for implementing effective capacity building.
Efforts have also been made to build individual knowledge within Senegal on a range of IGE-related topics, supporting SDG 4, target 4.7. Examples include:
A training session was held for local communities on the use of local materials for construction in 2015, as part of PAGE’s support to the National Programme on Energy Efficiency and Use of Local Material for Sustainable Construction;
Policy, research and analysis on IGE
In May 2016, 70 representatives from policy, research and analysis participated in the first edition of the Green Economy Academy in Dakar, Senegal;
PAGE supported the training of five officials from the National Programme on Waste Management to attend waste management training in Turin in November 2017; and
Green economy modelling
In September 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation led a two-day cross-sectoral training on the integrated Threshold 21 SDG model. As a result of this training, modelers have been able to support updates to the green economy assessment conducted in 2019 for the second phase of the Priority Action Plan (PAP).
PAGE, led by UNDP in collaboration with other technical partners (CALIA Conseil and DS Avocats), organized a training workshop on 19-20 November 2019 on how to mobilize financial resources for the green economy by using green bonds. ·
Renewable energy training
Led by UNDP, PAGE conducted a three-day training workshop from 11-13 December 2020 for 20 young Mékhé women on renewable energy, to help women use clean energies and improve their health and environmental protection.
Senegal has organized and participated in several collaborative events, including hosting a National Green Academy in 2016 and green entrepreneurship in November 2017 involving trainers from Burkina Faso and Senegal. Finally, the Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Forum was held in Dakar in November 2018 under the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, involving Senegal, Ghana and others. In 2020, PAGE Senegal supported the West African Regional Learning Platform on Climate Change, a collaborative programme initiated by UN CC:Learn and participated in the three exchange webinars held in August, September and October 2020. These examples contribute to SDG 17, target 17.9, by facilitating cooperation to support national implementation of the SDGs.
PAGE has collaborated with government institutions, universities and academia to strengthen foundational learning on IGE, including the Ghana Education Services.
In collaboration with UN CC:Learn, PAGE has been working to introduce green economy in the curricula of primary and secondary schools. For this initiative, PAGE has provided funding and technical support to government partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Education Service and MESTI. Learning materials were completed in 2019 and teaching began in September of that year. 600 teachers were trained in person in 2019, and 200 additional primary school teachers were trained in 2020 — totaling 800 teachers trained. In 2021, PAGE, through UNITAR, will work to improve awareness in schools on climate change, in collaboration with the GES and EPA, with the aim of expanding the trainings to target secondary teachers, as well as primary teachers.
In 2019, PAGE, in a collaboration with the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), began developing a course on green finance targeting public officials and other stakeholders involved in financial, economic and specific policy design and implementation. This continued in 2020 with the development of a course syllabus to enable discussion on green economy trends and the green finance sector in Ghana; better understand the private sector’s role in a green economy transition; analyze risks and returns in green investment; and regulatory challenges and opportunities in green finance. A pilot training was held in December 2020 and once finalized, UGBS will develop a business plan to ensure the course can be run regularly on a self-financing basis. The course in Ghana uses a blended approach and integrates the self-paced e-course on Sustainable Finance developed by PAGE.
In April 2018, PAGE, through UNIDO, organized training on the implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) within identified energy-intensive industries. PAGE has also facilitated the training of mining sector engineers and business managers on ISO 50001 certification — an international standard focused on energy management. Valuable EnMS implementation lessons from the Ghanaian mining sector can be disseminated in support of the same development in the steel and palm oil sectors.
A series of media trainings have been organized by PAGE in collaboration with MESTI. The first took place in July 2015, with 15 media houses attending and media coverage from national outlets. Another two events took place in June and July 2018, with 60 media practitioners informed on IGE principles in order to enhance future reporting. This complemented PAGE’s earlier work developing the Manual on Mainstreaming Climate Change and Green Economy SDGs into the Development Plans of MMDAs.
Further training was conducted in 2019 to support the use of metadata: As of April 2019, PAGE supported the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the GSS to provide training to approximately 162 statisticians covering all MMDAs. This training supports the long-term mainstreaming of green economy goals and targets into local development plans.
PAGE’s work in Ghana in support of capacity-building and IGE education supports the achievement of SDG 4, target 4.7, by ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, and SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation.
PAGE has worked with government institutions, universities and academia on a national level to increase knowledge and capacity. Efforts have also been made on an international level to share lessons and expand the partnership’s reach.
- In 2017, a two-day train-the-trainer event for 25 practitioners was held to support the delivery of high-quality training on green economy;
- Support was provided to ILO’s SME development programmes through a training needs analysis, workshops and monitoring and evaluation of trainers’ performance. In November 2019, PAGE supported the SCORE pilot training aimed at optimizing the efficiency, productivity, cleaner production and competitiveness of SMEs through improved workplace cooperation. This was completed in 2020, with the certification of the nine trainers by the NPCC;
- Representatives from the government, the financial sector and academia received technical training on green bonds development, in partnership with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) to develop a Green Bonds Market;
- A three-day training was delivered in November 2017 on climate change adaptation and mitigation concepts and their linkages with budget-related expenditure to 150 representatives from 15 government ministries/departments. In March 2018, a follow-up session was held with local government.
PAGE supported the completion of the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment in 2018 for civil servants, and entrepreneurs and workers in strategic sectors and signed an agreement in 2019 with the CSCM to integrate green economy into the college’s learning programmes. In 2020, CSCM will deliver courses on strategic planning and project management, integrating IGE principles to around 400 officers and train secondary teachers on IGE principles. This has supported SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs to promote sustainable development and 17.1 on enhancing national capacity for the SDGs.
The support to build green economy capacity in Mauritius aligns with SDG 17, targets 17.1 and 17.9 on strengthening domestic resource mobilization and enhancing national capacity for the SDGs:
During the Green Economy Forum, representatives from provincial governments (Western Cape and Gauteng) shared their experiences on public policy and private sector engagement towards green economy to promote learning from South-South experiences. As Mauritius enters its final year of PAGE, lessons have been shared from Burkina Faso and Mongolia. Aspects of Mauritius’ sustainability plan, were shared with other phase out countries, including Peru. These examples contributed to SDG 17, target 17.9, by facilitating international cooperation to support national implementation of the SDGs.
Burkina Faso took an institutional approach to training green entrepreneurs, as well as agricultural stakeholders through a train-the-trainer programme, run with local partners, for a proven multiplier effect.
- July 2020: 27 participants attended a train-the-trainer on IGE and sustainable agriculture to build capacity within the ENEF. These trainers went on to teach four of the modules to 50 public officials in November 2019.
- October 2019: A training of stakeholders in the NTFP sector on sustainable trade took place with 75 participants.
- November 2019: A training of 48 rural staff on sustainable agriculture and the GE was held for managers from the Ministries of Agriculture, Water, Animal Resources and the Environment.
- December 2019: Two trainings were held in Bobo Dioulasso and one in Ouagadougou with 80 participants from various ministries, building on a 2017 PAGE study on environmental fiscal reform.
- December 2020: A virtual workshop was held for government officials from various ministries and NGO staff, to train participants on the development of bankable projects that aim to enhance climate funding.
Assessing learning and development needs
PAGE supported the development of a Green Economy Learning Assessment in coordination with the Centre for Economic and Social Development of the University of Ouagadougou. A national action plan for green economy learning was developed based on this assessment and the SNEV. This action plan is focused on agriculture as a priority sector, targeting decision-makers, professionals and learning institutions, in line with the PNDES and SNEV. It is also part of PAGE’s support for the implementation of PNSR 2. This contributes to SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs.
Incorporating IGE into national curricula
PAGE partnered with the ENEF and the IUFIC to develop green economy modules in 2019. These were used to support the introduction of a professional course on IGE and sustainable agriculture into the trainings offered by ENEF, as well as to strengthen courses delivered under the Master of Green Economy at Université Ouaga II. In collaboration with a multi-stakeholder training review committee, PAGE has been working to ensure the involvement of women in this and other capacity-building activities. This supports SDG 17, 17.16, by enhancing stakeholder partnerships and SDG 5, target 5.C, by promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
Fostering green entrepreneurship
Five trainers from the Maison de l’Entreprise, trained on green entrepreneurship by PAGE in 2017, went on to train 20 coaches working with small- and medium-sized enterprises. An agreement was later signed in May 2019 to coach pilot enterprises on greening their businesses, launched in July 2020, with the training of 9 female entrepreneurs. This is aligned to SDG 8, target 8.5 on achieving both productive and decent employment for all.
A number of trainings were delivered in 2019 in support of SDG 4, target 4.7 by ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development:
Burkina Faso has engaged closely with Senegal, with representatives attending a train-the-trainer event to support green entrepreneurism. In 2020, PAGE Burkina Faso supported the West African Regional Learning Platform on Climate Change, a collaborative programme initiated by UN CC:Learn in hosting three exchange webinars held in August, September and October 2020. This will be continued with the organization of additional events on climate change and IGE to take place in early 2021. These examples of South-South and global collaboration contribute to SDG 17, target 17.9, by facilitating international cooperation to support the national implementation of the SDGs.
In addition to completing a detailed learning assessment in 2017, PAGE has supported the long-term integration of green economy into nationally run education programmes. South Africa has also made significant efforts to learn from other PAGE countries.
PAGE has supported several institutional capacity-building efforts, contributing to SDG 17, target 17.9 and SDG 4, target 4.3 by providing opportunities for quality training:
Green economy courses
PAGE supported the CEM at North West University (NWU) to develop a green economy e-learning course for stakeholders at all levels of civil administration, the private sector, trade unions and civil society. In 2018, the first course was delivered to 24 participants. Since then, several steps have been taken to ensure sustainability, including: 1) incorporation of the e-learning course into the CEM course portfolio on environmental management; 2) incorporation of modules from the course into two master’s programmes at the NWU; and 3) inclusion of the teaching material into the Youth Environmental Services Programme from DEFF that provides face-to-face training to unemployed youth.
Regional training hub
The Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN) regional training hub for Africa was launched by ILO and the University of Pretoria at the Third Ministerial Conference in January 2019. The hub will support institutional capacity-building for the measurement and modelling of the social and employment outcomes of climate change and sustainable development policies. GAIN first edition was held in September 2019 with six countries participating.
Trade and climate-smart agriculture training
As a direct result of the Green Economy Inventory, PAGE is supporting the development of a training on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and trade opportunities stemming from the transition to more sustainable agricultural practices. Related to this, PAGE is helping to integrate a training model on sustainable supply chains into a capacity-building programme targeting both extension workers and provincial policymakers in the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development plan. In July 2020, the virtual training on CSA and trade opportunities was held by PAGE in collaboration with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.
There are several examples of PAGE increasing general and technical knowledge of green economy, contributing to SDG 4, target 4.7, by ensuring learners have the skills needed to promote sustainable development:
National Green Economy Academy
PAGE held a National Green Economy Academy in 2018 to promote knowledge sharing among South Africa’s nine provinces, eight of which have embarked on drafting provincial green economy strategies, notably in renewable energy.
Green economy indicators training
A training was held on the GEP Framework to enhance knowledge and understanding. This was supported by a workshop to identify potential indicators for the national framework finalized in 2019.
The third Ministerial Conference held in January 2019 engaged innovators and leaders for a unique global forum on green economy. Other examples of collaboration include the Just Transition training held in October 2019 and exchange with Mauritius in May 2018 following the Green Economy Forum to share expertise on public policy and the private sector, with a focus on sustainable procurement, green bonds, green business development. Local application of the GEP Framework to South Africa utilized lessons from Jiangsu province. Furthermore, the GIZ GET project has initiated South-South knowledge exchange between the PAGE South Africa and Argentina programmes. These examples contribute to the achievement of SDG 17, targets 17.16 and targets 17.17, by facilitating partnerships.
PAGE has supported capacity-building in Jiangsu and beyond through the organization of events, partnerships with provincial stakeholders and the development of networks/platforms.
The following activities have been undertaken to raise awareness of IGE and build capacity:
A provincial Green Economy Academy was held in 2017 to increase knowledge of IGE. The Academy brought together policymakers and environmental bureau officers from seven Jiangsu municipalities to discuss social inclusiveness, green development potential, modelling/indicator tools, and the application of natural capital accounting.
A capacity-building workshop was held on 2-4 December 2019 to selected Jiangsu industrial park management on the implementation tools and International Framework on EIPs — bringing together policymakers, park administrators, business representatives, scholars and NGOs — to train, share and discuss practical tools, techniques and opportunities in greening industrial parks. These activities contribute to SDG 17, target 17.6, by enhancing South-South Cooperation, and target 17.9, by increasing international support for capacity-building to assist SDG implementation.
The capacity of Nanjing University has been strengthened in its ability to provide evidence-based policy analysis and advisory services. The GEP measurement framework has also been employed by Fujian Normal University to monitor the GEP on provincial and city levels, fostering a learning network amongst universities.
Further enhancing capacity, a Green Development Workshop on 2-6 December 2019 provided a platform for dialogue and learning amongst government, research institutes, trade unions and enterprises. These examples illustrate support for SDG 4, target 4.7 by promoting the skills and knowledge needed for sustainable development through education.
Led by ILO and MoHRSS, PAGE promotes Green Jobs through Social Dialogue by engaging policymakers and industrial park stakeholders in Social Dialogue Round Tables and exploring strategies to promote green jobs alongside green industrial development.
Two roundtables in 2019 in Beijing and Suzhou focused on green employment policies and established a roadmap for supporting green jobs, leading to the formation of a working group with local government experts.
In 2020, PAGE continued to collaborate with the regional ILO project on sustainable garment, hosting a webinar focused on textile industry in cooperation with the China National Textile and Apparel Council. This work aims to achieve SDG 17, target 17.6 by supporting partnerships and SDG 8, target 8.5 by promoting decent work for all.
Capacity-building is being supported through a detailed assessment of learning needs, together with training across several thematic and sectoral areas, including waste management, tourism and agriculture.
- Brazilian stakeholders from UFMT participated in a three-day training course in July 2018 in collaboration with the Austrian Energy Agency to improve knowledge and skills on technologies and design and management of micro-grid technology;
- The State Secretariat of Tourism and SEBRAE-MT jointly hosted a PAGE supported workshop on sustainable tourism in March 2019 with 34 entrepreneurs from the private sector and 40 public managers;
- A training on building strategies for sustainable tourism in Mato Grosso was held in June 2019 with 14 participants;
- Three workshops were held on the Management Plan for Cuiabá Historic centre in October 2019 with 94 participants;
- Four workshops were held in October 2019 to support use of the methodology to subsidize the regularisation and analysis of informal rural settlements with 311 participants;
- A workshop was held entitled “Inclusive Green Economy – Building Skills for Tomorrow’s Economy” in November 2019 with 58 participants to support work on green jobs and green growth;
- Five workshops were held in December 2019 and January 2020 to support implementation of the SEIAF with 326 participants; and
- A training workshop was held on Sustainable Tourism Product guidelines in December 2020.
Assessing learning needs
Under the guidance of PAGE, the Federal University of Mato Grosso developed a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment in April 2020. The assessment will help to integrate green economy into education institution curricula, develop new courses, and to guide specific training, such as in the family farming sector. This contributes to SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs to promote sustainable development.
Building capacity to deliver IGE training
PAGE plans to support the development and implementation of an action plan with academic institutions to review and adjust curricula for selected faculty in order to integrate IGE elements, including green finance and economic modelling. In addition, a programme will be established to train and certify trainers from the civil service and business associations. These activities support SDG 17, target 17.9 by building institutional capacity.
In line with SDG 4, target 4.7, a number of trainings have been delivered — ensuring learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development:
PAGE participated in the 2019 Americas Regional Conference on Green Economy, held in Fortaleza, Brazil, which raised regional awareness by showcasing and scaling up the impact of evidence-based green economy solutions already proven to be successful. In November 2019, a webinar entitled “Experiences, Learned Lessons and Lines of Action from the Global Academy for the Green Economy – Thinking Technology as a Tool for Global Education on Green Economy” was organized by PAGE Uruguay and Argentina with participants from Brazil, Peru and Mexico. In December 2019, a delegation from Mato Grosso visited Uruguay for an exchange workshop on capacity-building and meetings with national institutions on vocational training and circular economy. This work supports SDG 17, target 17.16, by promoting partnerships that share knowledge and expertise.
In addition to the Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment developed in 2018, a core element of Kyrgyz Republic’s capacity-building efforts is the annual Green Economy Week, which supports knowledge sharing on both national and international levels, with additional initiatives building individual and institutional capacity completed.
Several activities have been conducted in line with sectoral and thematic priorities, supporting SDG 4, target 4.7, by enhancing knowledge and skills and SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education on climate change. In addition, capacity-building activities are planned for 2020 on sustainable and climate resilient agriculture, waste management and green jobs, and energy management and eco-industrial parks:
Modelling training was carried out as part of Green Economy Week in November 2019. A training was also conducted by an international expert to support capacity strengthening within the Ministry of Economy, with 15 attendees. A second workshop was supported by GIZ to further bolster knowledge within this group. In 2020, PAGE supported the Ministry of Economy in conducting 25 online training sessions on green economy modelling. In addition, PAGE is in discussions with this international expert on a global course on IGE modelling;
Monitoring and reporting
Five training workshops have been conducted with staff from the Unit of Strategic Development Policy, Economy and Finance (SDPEF) of the President’s Office to strengthen their skills on monitoring and reporting;
In 2018, 12 journalists received training on sustainable financing and procurement, green energy and environment in advance of Green Week; and
General IGE knowledge
A collection of analytical and information articles have been compiled into a digest on Green Economy in Russian, aiming to serve as a knowledge product for civil servants.
Training on environmental accounting and labour statistics
In 2020, PAGE assisted the NSC in the development of environmental statics in the form of training and working sessions by an international expert on SEEA, and provided training for 10 participants on measuring informal employment;
Green jobs assessment modelling training
In 2020, PAGE supported a three-week online training course on the GJAM for 30 staff of AVZUR, the National Bank and the National Statistical Committee.
The Alliance of Universities on Green Economy was created in direct response to the recommendations from the Green Economy Learning Assessment, which identified the need for increased collaboration between higher-level educational institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic on issues related to green economy learning. The creation of the Alliance has been spearheaded by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and AUCA, and 12 Kyrgyz universities have already joined the initiative.
In 2020, it was decided that PAGE will support the Alliance in integrating green economy learning into specific courses of various university degrees, thus building the capacities of current and future decision-makers and ensuring the sustainability of PAGE interventions. Furthermore, in October 2020 PAGE launched a completion to empower youth and enhance engagement in shaping the green transition, with winners to be presented in March 2021. This supports SDG 17, target 17.17, by promoting effective partnerships.
The exchange between the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia is a leading example of South-South and Triangular cooperation recognized in September 2018 in a report highlighting best practices in South-South and Triangular cooperation throughout the entire UN system. Centred around two study visits and the yearly Green Economy Weeks, the exchange focused on a wide range of policy processes supporting a green economy transition, including the development of national plans, sustainable public procurement, sustainable finance and waste management. National Green Economy Weeks have also provided a forum for exchange with other countries, beyond the initial objective to enhance national ownership. This work aligns with SDG 17, targets 17.9 and 17.11 on global and regional collaboration.
PAGE has carried out a number of capacity-building efforts aligned to sectoral and thematic areas. These include green entrepreneurship and green and inclusive production services. In addition, it has participated in several collaborative activities within Latin America and globally and completed a Green Economy Learning Assessment that will feed into a national capacity strengthening plan.
- Training in May 2019 on green economy scenarios;
- Two workshops on the Strategic Environmental Assessment, with the first in March on the forest-wood-cellulose value chain and the second in June 2019 on the overarching environmental perspective of the Strategy;
- Workshops on green jobs and entrepreneurship for youth throughout September 2019 across different locations;
- A series of capacity-building events in November 2019 on cleaner production and formalization of brick production activities in various locations;
- Workshop for primary school teachers with BioValor in February 2020; and
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship Training Programme for youth in October 2020, in collaboration with DESEM and GIZ.
- Participation in the inception meeting for PAGE Argentina in April;
- Presentation by PAGE national coordinator and Head of the Environmental Department of the Chamber of Industries of Uruguay in October 2019 as part of World Commons Week organized by the University of Massachusetts and Cornell University and performed simultaneously in the United States, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay;
- Jointly hosting the first regional webinar as part of the South-South Green Economy Network for Change in Latin America; and
- Visit to Uruguay from the Mato Grosso delegation in December 2019 for an exchange workshop on capacity-building and meetings with national institutions focused on vocational training and circular economy.
In 2020, PAGE finalized the Green Economy Learning Assessment and National Capacity Strengthening Plan for IGE. The plan proposes the organization of trainings and workshops focusing on different audiences and an interinstitutional group has been created to support implementation from 2021. In 2019, work also commenced with the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training to institutionalize green economy training into its curricula, aiming to reach approximately 100,000 individuals, including labour unions and civil servants. Additionally, PAGE has agreed with the National School of Public Administration to further develop an online platform to deliver courses on green economy, primarily targeted at civil servants. These activities support SDG 4, target 4.7 by identifying learning needs to promote sustainable development.
A number of trainings have taken place in support of SDG 4, target 4.7 by ensuring learners acquire the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development. These include:
Uruguay has participated in events and collaborative activities throughout 2019 supporting SDG 17, target 17.6, by enhancing South-South cooperation and knowledge sharing, and target 17.9, by increasing international support for capacity-building:
PAGE capacity-building in Guyana has focused on training government stakeholders, media, civil society and the wider public — helping to build momentum for green economy policies and create ownership of a shared vision.
- Green economy modelling: PAGE has built the capacity of staff at the Ministry of Finance to use system dynamics modelling, holding three training events in February 2018 and one in March 2019. A total of about 30 staff have been trained to date. This contributes to SDG 17, target 17.9, by supporting capacity for planning and implementing the SDGs.
- Fiscal policy: As part of Guyana’s Green Economy Week in March 2019, 22 participants attended a first green fiscal policy workshop, exploring the role and benefits of green fiscal policies for incentivizing economic restructuring and transformation.
- Media: Media training was conducted as part of Green Economy Week in March 2019, with a total of 10 media professionals trained. PAGE work in this area supports SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change.
- Green industry and trade: In collaboration with the University of Guyana, in December 2020 PAGE delivered a virtual training to build awareness and capacity for green industry and trade targeting senior staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector, among other stakeholders.
- General public: A total of five Green Conversations – high profile, public and media events that provide an open, non-partisan, inclusive space for Guyanese to learn about and engage with green development issues – have been held throughout 2018 and 2019 in various locations across Guyana. These events have drawn a combined audience of approximately 200 with an online reach of more than 12,000 participants through live streaming. The events facilitated information sharing from an internationally renowned expert on key themes. The Green Conversations are now an established brand that will be continued during the implementation of national green economy policies. This work has contributed to SDG 17, targets 17.16 and 17.17, by promoting knowledge sharing and fostering effective partnerships.
Capacity-building activities in Guyana aim to build the individual, and in turn, the institutional capacity of various stakeholder groups.
Guyana was invited by China’s Foreign Environmental Cooperation Centre of Ministry of Ecology and Environment to participate in a 15-day training course on Climate Change and Green & Low Carbon Development in Beijing in December 2019. One staff member from the Department of Environment attended to learn best practices via courses and field trips, exchange experiences and boost South-South cooperation. Furthermore, as part of its preparatory work with the Ministry of Finance for the development of an online platform which will facilitate monitoring and reporting on national development plans and policy targets, discussions have involved outreach to other UNDP offices in Jamaica and Chile to facilitate South-South cooperation among Ministries of Finance through ‘virtual study tours’. This supports SDG 17, target 17.6, by enhancing international cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Through training programmes and South-South exchange, PAGE work has continued to build both individual and institutional capacity in Argentina, supporting foundational progress.
- On 19 May, PAGE supported the Institute of the World of Labour (IMT) of the National University UNTREF, in organizing a seminar on “Just Transition – International and National Context, Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic”;
- On 20 May, PAGE co-organized a training webinar for ministry staff on “Just Transition to a Green Economy and Green Employment in Argentina” with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security;
- On 24 July, PAGE contributed to a virtual training workshop hosted by the ‘Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change (RAMCC)’, discussing how to begin the transition to a green economy; and
- Between April to June 2020, PAGE facilitated the participation of a tripartite delegation of key decision makers from the government, the trade unions and the business sector, in two online ITC-ILO training courses on “Green Jobs for Sustainable Development” and “Managing Just Transition Policies”.
PAGE has commenced preparatory work for the development of a specific training programme with the National Public Administration Institute. Planning has begun to develop a capacity-building series and modernize the campus of the National Institute for the Public Administration Career (INAP), which is the national platform for capacity-building for national public employees and public servants as well as mid-to high-level staff.
In 2020, PAGE was invited to co-organize or substantively contribute to various virtual trainings and webinars in the area of Just Transition and Green Jobs led by other institutions, including the following:
Argentina’s tripartite delegation participated in the Global Academy on Green Economy, held in October 2019 in Turin, and shared experiences in three panels and two specific workshops of the Academy. In a follow-up to the Green Economy Academy, on 11 November 2019, PAGE Argentina co-organized with PAGE Uruguay the first South-South exchange webinar on “Thinking Technology as a Tool for Global Education on Green Economy”. In November 2020, PAGE, through the ILO, and in collaboration with the GIZ GET project, participated in a webinar on how governments and business can lead a just transition to greener economies, including South-South exchange with Workers Unions of PAGE countries South Africa and Argentina, and was followed by additional bilateral discussions, with further exchanges to take place in the future.
PAGE has been working closely with the GIZ Green Economy Transformation (GET) programme over the course of 2019 and 2020, which provided additional opportunities for outreach on green economy and South-South Exchange. The PAGE national coordinator participated in the Global Exchange Forum on Inclusive Green Economy, co-organized by the GIZ GET programme and also contributed to a discussion at the 2nd national Resource Efficiency Panel of the German-Argentinean Chamber of Commerce, held by GIZ GET in September 2019 together with the National Ministry of Environment and other UN and bilateral agencies. Further, PAGE Argentina facilitated the participation of key stakeholders in a Study Visit to Berlin on Green Entrepreneurship, organized by the GIZ GET.
PAGE in collaboration with GIZ has provided support for BAPPENAS in conducting an introductory training on system thinking and System Dynamics Modelling targeted at Regional Governments officials and universities in the Central Indonesia region in October 2019, attended by a total of 184 participants. The training contributes to SDG 4, target 4.7, by enhancing knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development and SDG 13, target 13.3, by improving education on climate change.
In 2020, PAGE conducted the Green Economy Learning Assessment, with a draft completed in November. The overall objective is to develop a comprehensive, nationally executed skills development programme on green economy for civil servants within BAPPENAS and other key stakeholders, in support of the LCDI Implementation Framework. Moving forward, it will also contribute to assessing skills and developing capacity-building activities targeting for policymakers and government. This work has supported the achievement of SDG 4, target 4.7, by identifying priority learning needs to promote sustainable development.
In collaboration with GIZ, in PAGE has developed a concept for a ‘Building Back Better training’ for civil servants in Kazakhstan. The training aims to equip public bodies with knowledge and skills to pursue low-carbon, green and transformative recovery, including best practices and tested solutions from peer countries and is designed to support Kazakhstan in its recovery efforts, to build a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy. This work supports SDG 4, target 4.7 by promoting the skills and knowledge needed for sustainable development through education.
As part of the inception phase, PAGE identified complementary initiatives and held discussions with other partners active in the country. This includes the GIZ project “Low Carbon Development Concept for Kazakhstan” (as described above), as well as on the development of BAT for industrial emission reduction and Building Back Better training’ for civil servants.
PAGE is also collaborating with UNECE on the practical implementation of environmental assessment (SEA/EIA), as well as with the UN Development Account project “Enhancing sustainable public procurement for the regional transition to an inclusive green economy in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia” on sustainable public procurement. These examples contribute to the achievement of SDG 17, targets 17.16 and targets 17.17, by facilitating partnerships that share knowledge and expertise.
PAGE has supported capacity development in India through the development of course modules and training sessions, as well as through global outreach on inclusive green economy transformation.
In 2020, PAGE developed comprehensive training modules and organized a pilot training programme from 10 to 17 July on environmental sustainability for Indian Railways officials, attended by 60 participants. The programme strengthened the capacities in Indian Railways in the area of environmental sustainability across the ranks of decision makers and implementers and also supported the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability into NAIR training procedures by training the faculty staff. This initial pilot training will be built upon for the delivery of similar capacity-building activities by PAGE targeting different national institutions.
In March 2019, the MoEFCC hosted a side event at the UNEA-4 called “Global ‘Partnerships: Keys to Unlocking Resource Efficiency and Inclusive Green Economies”, celebrating partnerships as a fundamental platform to break the logic of business as usual and move towards IGE. Members of the India delegation also attended the Global Green Academy held in October 2019 in Turin. Following the academy, representatives from India held discussions with representatives from the Women Environmental Programme (WEP) in Burkina Faso regarding the availability of solar pumps for women workers and established a contact with the India-based Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). Additionally, PAGE led the half-day session on Inclusive Green Economy at Green Economy Coalition’s 2020 annual global event focused on supporting local green enterprises to drive the transition to green economies.