Country Updates:

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Mongolia: In May, the National Development agency updated trade policy with discussions on linking trade policy with regional planning and Mongolia's industrialization policy, to be followed up with a stakeholders meeting. Industry associations, academia, private sector representatives, UN Environment, and International Trade Centre engaged in green economy and trade consultations; the findings of these will be captured in a stocktaking report.

Burkina Faso: Work on a second draft of the National Green Economy Strategy and the establishment of an inter-ministerial committee is proceeding and is well-advanced. A concept note for assessing the institutional needs and capacities for green economy learning has been produced and presented to the Burkina Faso government, and the government focal point has provided suggested names of institutions in Burkina that can conduct the assessment.

Ghana: The Ghana Steering Committee will meet on July 17 to discuss mainstreaming inclusive green economy into development planning, green finance, green industry and entrepreneurship and foundational learning in inclusive green economy.

Mauritius: The Mauritius Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) is currently drafting the "Tracking Public Sector Environment Expenditure” Project which has resulted in the development of a coding system that will be used by the Treasury Accounting System to identification, capture and track expenditure on environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation. This system has also increased awareness on climate change adaptation and mitigation concepts and their linkages with budget related expenditures. Discussions are currently underway with the Ministry of Finance and Stock Exchange of Mauritius on a potential project on green bonds in Mauritius.

Peru: PAGE is supporting the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, the private sector, and academic partners in developing a first draft of the National Strategy of Green Growth; the goal is to create a strategy that is based on a platform of consensus between public, private sectors and academic partners. In July, PAGE and the Ministry of Environment of Peru are organizing a "National Workshop on Modelling Green Economy and Circular Economy policies" in Lima. The workshop will be attended by more than 50 technical and officials from line Ministries and planning Institutions, Academia, Private sector and friends of PAGE.

Senegal: PAGE is collaborating with the Directorate of Employment to integrate the national strategy on green jobs into the new national employment policy.

South Africa: In May, UN Environment, the UN Industrial Development Organization, and country partners task team reviewed the draft report of the South Africa Green Economy Industry and Trade Assessment to finalize the report, including task team inputs. The findings of this report were shared at the Sustainable Industrialization Forum on 13-14 June where UNIDO participated to share international best practice on green industries.

South Africa has also produced a new country brochure. PDF iconsouth_africa_brochure.pdf

China: An online training on sustainable trade is currently underway in China. PAGE also supported a training conducted by the Policy Research Center of Environment Economics and the Ministry of Environmental Protection on sustainable value chain in Nanjing.

Uruguay: A planning and stocktaking mission is planned for July 2017.

Guyana: A coordination and information mission is planned for July 2017.

Other Countries:

Mexico: A continuous support on green economy initiative has been on-going in Mexico. The next step is the implementation of the green economy modeling, in collaboration with the National Institute for ecology and Climate change (INECC) and Environment Ministry.

AFRICA

Kenya: A Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan is in its final stages of development, with a launch expected by the end of October. A green fiscal policy assessment is also underway.

Mozambique: The African Development Bank together with other development partners, namely the World Wide Fund (WWF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published a report: “Transition Towards Green Growth in Mozambique”. This document provides a summary of Mozambique’s green growth policy development as detailed in the GEAP developed by the GoM. Forthcoming in March is a report on economic modeling for the green economy in Mozambique. This report looks at how various  green economy interventions would impact on the national economy and makes recommendations based on the results. 

Rwanda: UNEP has supported the Rwandan Environment Management Agency in the identification of green economy indicators and a measurement framework to support green economy policy-making in the country and to measure progress towards attaining national green economy targets.  The report has been signed off and is in the publication process. 

CARIBBEAN

Haiti: The Agriculture Report focused on the South Department is completed and validated at the sub-regional (south department) and National level by the Environmental and Agricultural Tables. The report includes a chapter on how to scale up the agricultural investment at national level.

Jamaica: A Green Economy Scoping Study for Jamaica and a paper on Vision 2030: Jamaica and Green Economy have been launched during in Kingston on March 22nd 2016, in coordination with the Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change. The two studies recommend a series of policies that can improve resource efficiency and adaptability to climate change, create jobs, and attract investment across the economy, spearheading the transition from dependence to resilience. 

Saint Lucia: The Green Economy Scoping Study has been launched on 15 June 2016. The new couples an in-depth  analysis of Saint Lucia’s agriculture and tourism sectors with a more general review of manufacturing, transport and construction, integrating the key elements of energy, water and waste management.

Barbados: A scoping mission  will take place by the end of the year, which will involve meetings with key partner Ministries, planning the inception phase and discussions on priority areas and on the formulation of PAGE National steering committee.

SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia: A national Green Growth Round Table took place gathering over 10 different government institutions and international cooperation agencies, to discuss the initiatives, projects and approaches currently implemented on the ground. The outcome of the round table is a series of meetings and exchanges that will foster further cooperation between participating organizations. 

Ecuador: In Ecuador UNEP is engaged with a TEEB National Study. The objective of the study is to incorporate the strategic role of ecosystems and biodiversity in the “change of the productive matrix”, with particular focus on the use two watersheds on power generation and agriculture.