Building Capacity on Monitoring Green Economy Progress

On September 13th 2018, PAGE held a workshop in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the ILO to engage experts in the field of indicators on the development of two dedicated training modules. The modules, consisting of an introductory and an advanced course, seek to enhance the understanding and application of indicators for green economy policymaking and their linkages to the SDGs within partner countries.

The development and implementation of good indicators is fundamental to a country’s inclusive green economy transition, as they enable the effective identification of issues, formulation and assessment of policy, and tracking of progress, and therefore help policymakers make informed green economy decisions. A good indicator framework for green economy is policy-relevant, evidence-based, and easily measured and interpreted, and, importantly, is tailored to a country’s unique environmental and socioeconomic context. Whilst PAGE already offers countries support in this area, the training modules aim to further build knowledge and expertise on indicators for green economy policymaking, specifically on their development and application.

The introductory module targets policymakers within ministries involved in PAGE activities together with governmental and non-governmental decision makers interested in green economy policymaking. The advanced module offers deeper engagement and is aimed predominantly at technical monitoring professionals, in particular: statisticians, analysts and researchers in ministries of finance, planning, labour and environment, as well as staff and researchers in national statistical offices and universities within partner countries.

The workshop brought together experts from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and four PAGE agencies: UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), UN Environment, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), who shared their varied expertise and perspectives to holistically improve the course material and delivery approach. The group deliberated the course chapter outline, reviewed exercises and provided recommendations on the course delivery. The process exemplifies the value added from the cross-cutting, collaborative engagement that is at the core of PAGE’s approach. The training materials are expected to be released by June 2019.