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Collaborating across the UN System — leveraging its collective knowledge — can accelerate green recovery and green economic transformation. The United Nations development system (UNDS) reforms provide an opportunity to harness the structures in place to improve cohesion across the system, build regional strategies, improve decision-making, and bolster the capacity of UN Country Teams. PAGE is actively engaged in greater coordination and is using this approach to reinforce support to partner countries and to further drive innovative and unified change. 

PAGE, in close coordination with UNEN and its Chief Economist, established the Green Transformation Economic Advisory Mechanism (Green TEAM) in 2021 to provide deeper support on economics to partner countries — aiming to deliver transformative results for the whole economy and the economic recovery from impacts of COVID-19, paying special attention to shifting transformational levers, while keeping an eye on fairness and social justice.

This Mechanism brings together the UN’s internal economic experts — that is, economists from UN Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs), PAGE agencies, UN Regional Economic Commissions, and the Office of the UN Chief Economist — to advise and inform PAGE work as a delivery mechanism for creating transformative impacts on national economies. In forming this Mechanism, PAGE is working to create a template for joint planning and delivery by both country resident and non-resident UN agencies – a component of the UN Reforms. In practice, this will also contribute to “greening” the UN System’s approach to socio-economic development. […]

In close coordination with the economists from UN RCOs and PAGE agencies, the Green TEAM began offering additional country-level support in 2021 to mainstream sustainability considerations to UN and national strategic plans, such as Common Country Analyses (CCAs) and Cooperation Frameworks. Four PAGE countries — Argentina, Indonesia, Morocco and Thailand — were selected as pilot countries for this support, with different thematic areas adjusted to the demand and needs of the countries.

  • Argentina

    The Green Transformation Economic Advisory Mechanism will support the development of provincial blueprints to promote a more sustainable and inclusive productive model, based on the discussions, inputs and policy recommendations […]

  • Indonesia

    Support is provided to the development of an Economic Transformation Analysis as part of the 2022 update to the Common Country Analysis (CCA) for the next United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework […]

  • Morocco

    The Green Transformation Economic Advisory Mechanism plays an active role in the establishment of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) […]

  • Thailand

    The Green Transformation Economic Advisory Mechanism has provided overall guidance and peer-review to the Green Economy Policy Stocktaking Study, which will act as a foundation for the PAGE programme in Thailand […]

Employing its expertise and experience in the field of green economic transformation, PAGE is contributing to the work of the UN Economist Network. The Network is comprised of economists from the UN system, including country economists working in UN RCOs. It provides, inter alia, research and policy analysis on key current and emerging economic, financial, social and environmental issues aiming to further the 2030 Agenda. In 2021, PAGE provided guidance on green economy-related topics for thematic briefs and reports produced by the UN Economist Network, including the thematic brief on Innovative Finance and the upcoming report New Economics for Sustainable Development.  

  • In 2021, the Green TEAM held two dialogues as part of its series “One UN for Accelerating a Fair and Green Economic Transformation”, creating a platform for economists from PAGE agencies and RCOs in PAGE countries to exchange ideas and share knowledge and best practices on accelerating fair and green economic transformations.

    One UN for Accelerating a Fair and Green Economic Transformation PDF

  • The dialogue series will continue to serve as an open space to identify opportunities and challenges as well as potential methods for moving action on inclusive and sustainable recovery options. The series will also inform how PAGE can better support its partner countries in their respective green economy transitions beyond the crisis as well as further inspire a green transition globally. They are planned to occur quarterly, acting as an outlet to deepen the engagement between PAGE and UN Economists. 

  • The first dialogue of the series was held in March 2021 and drew attendance from UN economists across 18 countries with UN Chief Economist Elliot Harris as the keynote speaker. The open discussion highlighted […]

  • The second dialogue of the Series was held in November 2021, with more than 70 colleagues from across the UN system – including UN RCs, representatives of regional commissions and the Development […]

  • PAGE is collaborating with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on macroeconomic policy and sustainable finance in PAGE countries in the Asia region. In this effort […]

    To support developing countries with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure resilience to withstand future crises, the Indonesian G20 Development Working Group (DWG) identified blue economy and green economy through low carbon development as part of its main priority areas. Through the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), the Green Transformation Economic Advisory Mechanism will be providing the expertise acquired from supporting 20 emerging and developing countries in green economy, low carbon development, and circular and blue economy to inform the development of the “G20 Roadmap for Stronger Recovery and Resilience in Developing Countries, LDCs and SIDS”. PAGE will also leverage the expertise of its 5 PAGE UN Agencies to offer integrated and holistic support in this area.

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