, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-led Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).
This brought the number of UN bodies represented in PAGE to five including the International Labour Organisation, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
“UNDP is proud to join the global PAGE initiative which, through its expertise and resources, assists countries in shifting towards inclusive green economies,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said. “With its on-the-ground presence in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP is well positioned to link its programmes on environment, as well as on poverty eradication, gender and governance, to ensure PAGE achieves its desired impact.”
John Ash, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, also welcomed the partnership which he said was in line with the decision taken during the Rio+20 Summit in 2012 on sustainable development.
“I’m happy to see Helen Clark here because governments at Rio+20 called on UN agencies to support countries who want to speed-up their transition to a green economy. It is prudent for the various UN Agencies to co-ordinate their efforts in this regard so that as we develop and see our standards of living increase, it is not to the detriment of our environment and those who depend on it for their sustenance,” he said.
PAGE which was launched last year aims to support 30 countries over the next six years transition to a green economy in country-owned initiatives that involve the private sector and civil society.
“It is clear that growth and prosperity can and indeed must be achieved within the safe operating space of a resource-constrained world. PAGE is one key route to such a sustainable model for the future, and inclusion of UNDP, with its extensive expertise and knowledge base as a full partner offers countries new opportunities to develop their green economy policies and capacities,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.
PAGE is currently co-operating with Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Mongolia, Peru and Senegal with Barbados, Mexico, Nepal and South Africa already advancing green initiatives.