Five UN Agencies to Help Ghana Green its Economy

20 Aug 2014

imageMs. Welch (5th from left) with other partners of PAGE

The United Nations, in partnership with the Government of Ghana, has launched an initiative to support national efforts to transition to a greener and more inclusive economy. Known as the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the initiative would entail mobilizing social awareness and providing specialized training to identifying critical bottlenecks, formulating and assessing policy options, and enabling policy implementation for greening the economy.

The initiative was officially launched on 14 August 2014 at a national workshop in Accra. During the event, over 80 participants from the government, private sector, academia and civil society discussed the scope of actions that PAGE can carry out in Ghana to assist national efforts towards a green economy.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Trade, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, said the key aim for a transition to a green economy is to promote economic growth and investment, while increasing environmental quality and social inclusiveness, and these will in turn lead to sustainable development. All speakers underlined the fact that the PAGE initiative comes at an opportune time for Ghana.

Ms. Gita Welch, UNDP RR a.i., welcomed the initiative, which consolidates five UN agencies – namely the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) – and closely coordinates with the entire UN Country Team through the UN Resident Coordinator system, as a milestone on the path of making Delivering as One a reality in Ghana.

The PAGE initiative in Ghana is in response to a request from the government.  It will operate within the framework of existing policies, such as Ghana’s medium term (2014–2017) development strategy and the National Climate Change Policy, and will build on existing work, such as the UNDP-UNEP Green Economy scoping study and assessment of Ghana. Consultations with representatives of the government, the private sector, academia and international development partners have identified critical areas where PAGE can deliver, including enabling conditions for sustainable economic growth with an emphasis on industrialization and the modernization of agriculture, as well as job creation.

The PAGE partners will contribute to the evidence-based selection of priority areas for the implementation of concrete green economy actions in Ghana, and will promote green industry, trade and jobs, as well as institutional capacity-building on the green economy through training-needs assessment and delivery.