New PAGE in MID history: Mauritius’ green economy gets UN support
The Executive Chairman of the Maurice Ile Durable Commission, Osman Mahomed, announced in the presence of the UN Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative, Simon Springett, that the island has been selected as pilot country for the Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE). (Image: UNEP)
Mauritius will obtain UN support to develop and implement green economy strategies under Maurice Ile Durable (MID) courtesy the Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE).
This was announced by the Executive Chairman of the Maurice Ile Durable Commission, Osman Mahomed, in the presence of the UN Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative, Simon Springett, during a press conference held on May 15, 2014 at Clos St Louis Domaine Les Pailles.
Osman Mahomed said that the island has been selected as pilot country for PAGE because of the initiatives taken to develop and implement inclusive green economy strategies.
This support will be provided to the island by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Mahomed stated that Mauritius will be able to discover resources and source high-quality advice on key issues related to the green economy under PAGE.
According to the latter, PAGE acts as a path for a full range of customised support services ranging from social mobilisation and capacity development; economic assessment; employment and enterprise development to invest and policy formulation and knowledge creation and sharing.
He stressed that the national agent for the project, University of Mauritius, will work together with the two experts who will give technical assistance on the subjects of Green Industry and High Economy by exploring fiscal policy issues, which the country is facing as it tries to go green while maintaining its economic growth rate.
In accordance with PAGE, the island must widen its own unique pathway to sustainable development, based on its national priorities and resources.
Hence, PAGE seeks to create and adopt green economy policies by offering an inclusive group of services and tools to governments and other stakeholders.
PAGE aims at promoting a strategic approach that links economic development to environmental sustainability and social inclusion.
Additionally, it aims at strengthening the capacity of national partners to finance and implement inclusive green economy initiatives by extending technical assistance to national counterparts with regard to finance mobilisation and technical support for implementation of green economy policies.
Previously, the four UN agencies have carried out joint green initiatives. However, this is the first time that all four partners have joined efforts to bring together their support, expertise and resources at a national level.
It is to be noted that Mauritius participated at the first PAGE conference led by the UN, where advice was provided on how to build national green economy strategies.
PAGE is a response to the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), entitled ‘The Future We Want,’ which identifies the green economy as a vehicle for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Over the next seven years, PAGE will support 30 countries to build national green economy strategies that will create new jobs and skills, support clean technologies, and decrease environmental risks and poverty.
During the first two years of the partnership, PAGE will focus on seven pilot countries and broaden their support to 30 by 2020.
In addition, for participating countries PAGE will create a new generation of assets such as clean technologies, resource efficient infrastructure, well-functioning ecosystems, green skilled labour and good governance by shifting investment and policies to favour sustainable development.
The chosen countries will be able to accelerate the transformation of their national economic structures through an inclusive group of green economy services provided by the four UN agencies in order to meet the growing demands and challenges of the 21st century.