The Mercury

Page con­fer­ence to push Africa’s green agenda

- MER­CURY COR­RE­SPON­DENT

THE Part­ner­ship for Ac­tion on the Green Econ­omy (Page) min­is­te­rial con­fer­ence at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (CTICC) will ad­vance the agenda of in­clu­sive growth and the adop­tion of a low-car­bon and cli­mate-re­silient econ­omy, do­mes­ti­cally and on the African con­ti­nent, says En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane.

About 500 del­e­gates, in­clud­ing 17 min­is­ters and deputy min­is­ters of en­vi­ron­ment, fi­nance, busi­ness, science and tech­nol­ogy and de­vel­op­ment, are to par­tic­i­pate in ro­bust dis­cus­sions on tools and strate­gies for shap­ing greener economies to achieve the ob­jec­tives of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and the Paris Agree­ment.

The gath­er­ing will put sus­tain­abil­ity at the heart of eco­nomic poli­cies and prac­tices to ad­vance the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

The Cab­i­net con­curred, and ap­proved in Septem­ber 2017, the host­ing of the Page con­fer­ence by South Africa to­day and to­mor­row.

South Africa joined the global pro­gramme in 2015, fol­low­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of po­ten­tial to en­hance mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and sup­port for cli­mate ac­tion. The third Page min­is­te­rial con­fer­ence, un­der the theme “Ad­vanc­ing in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able economies”, fol­lows the two suc­cess­ful con­fer­ences held in Dubai in 2014 and Berlin in 2017.

South Africa is host­ing this high­level con­fer­ence on the heels of the suc­cess­ful Global Cli­mate Con­fer­ence, which adopted the Paris Agree­ment work pro­gramme set­ting out the rules of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Among fea­tured speak­ers are the di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Guy Ry­der, and sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Kumi Naidoo.

The con­fer­ence kicked off with a CNBC tele­vised me­dia de­bate on the topic of “What makes your coun­try wealthy?”

Through a se­ries of par­al­lel ses­sions with high-level speak­ers from South Africa and abroad, the con­fer­ence will share the lat­est think­ing and ev­i­dence on four the­matic themes.

These are: green fi­nance, strate­gies and poli­cies for a green econ­omy, so­cial and eco­nomic in­clu­sion, and sus­tain­able con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion and the cir­cu­lar econ­omy.

The Page pro­gramme aims to strengthen co-op­er­a­tion, co-or­di­na­tion and ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­quired by South Africa to im­ple­ment the tran­si­tion to a low-car­bon, re­source-ef­fi­cient and pro-em­ploy­ment de­vel­op­ment path.

The con­fer­ence will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for mem­ber states to re­in­force the com­mit­ment to tran­si­tion to a green/sus­tain­able econ­omy and to sus­tain the mo­men­tum on deep­en­ing green econ­omy prin­ci­ples in the heart of so­cio-eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ning frame­works.

It will ad­vance the agenda of in­clu­sive growth and the adop­tion of a cli­matere­silient econ­omy

Nomvula Mokonyane En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Min­is­ter

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