SEPT 2021 NEWS
Following a successful 2020 edition, PAGE and South Africa’s Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) are hosting the 2021 Driving Force for Change II Youth Challenge. The Challenge is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs and green innovators to further develop early-stage entrepreneurship skills and competencies aiming to support the country’s green economy development and create decent jobs for youth.
The first edition was created last year as a means to address youth unemployment through support to green entrepreneurship, and formal and growth-oriented young entrepreneurs. A total of 272 applications were received and 13 young entrepreneurs were successfully awarded with finance, technical assistance and business development support. This year’s deadline for applications is 15 September 2021.
H.E. Elizabeth Thompson, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Barbados, addressing PAGE at HLPF 2021
“[We] have to work with citizen engagement to get them on board with new practices.”
– Elizabeth Thompson, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Barbados
A new Diploma on Green Jobs and Just Transition has been launched in Argentina through the Institute of the World of Work at the National University UNTREF following PAGE inputs. This first cohort of students enrolled join from various Chambers, Trade Unions, the UN System and government.
Course modules include Sustainable Development, Just Transition and Green Jobs; Just Transition and Green Employment. Regulatory framework; Ecological Transition and Green Recovery; Sustainable Production and Consumption Green Trade; Incentive Policies for Just Transition; Social Dialogue: Definitions and Tools to Work the Just Transition and the Promotion of Green Employment; and Skills and Competencies for Just Transition and Green Employment.
Held from 21-23 July, the inaugural Ghana Waste Fair brought together more than 300 stakeholders to share and discuss innovative ideas to promote sustainable waste management in the country.
Supported through PAGE and led by UNDP, with the Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership and the Waste Recovery Platform, the two-day event spanned participants from the private sector, civil society, and government, including from the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), research and academic institutions. With over 50 exhibitors, topics of discussion included MSME financing and sustainable finance, policy design, and programmatic and technical solutions to waste management challenges in the country.
Green Recoveries for a Job-Rich Future is available now.
In this month’s episode: reflections from PAGE @HLPF 2021 — How can governments grasp the opportunity to turn economic recovery into long-term, sustainable economic transformation while also advancing on the SDGs? (The answer: a mix of finance, private sector incentives, citizen engagement, and partnerships).
In Episode 8, we compile the best parts from PAGE’s flagship event at the UN High-Level Political Forum. Featuring Guy Ryder (International Labour Organization), Inger Andersen (United Nations Environment Programme), Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany), H. E. Elizabeth Thompson (Government of Barbados), Dr. Febrio Nathan Kacaribu (Ministry of Finance, Indonesia), and Melati Wijsen (Youth Climate Activist).