South Africa


In the last couple of decades, South Africa has become one of the largest economies in Africa, benefiting from high levels of industrialization and abundant natural resources such as large mineral deposits[1]. In the process, the country has made considerable strides towards improving the well-being of its citizens, significantly lowering poverty rates and increasing access to public services. Nevertheless, while the economy is still expanding, economic growth has significantly slowed down in recent years and many social and environmental challenges remain. Indeed, South Africa still suffers from high albeit improved levels of inequality and unemployment, and the industrialization of the country alongside the increasing exploitation of natural resources has resulted in a large ecological footprint.

Having recognized the potential of green economy strategies, the South African government has embarked on a developmental path where environmental sustainability and social equity go hand in hand with economic prosperity. South Africa’s vision for a low-carbon, resource efficient and pro-employment future has been integrated in a number of national policy instruments such as the National Development Plan 2030 and the Green Economy Accord. South Africa has notably assumed a leadership position in its region towards addressing environmental challenges and implementing green economic policies.

The intention of PAGE in South Africa is to further strengthen cooperation, coordination and capabilities required to implement the country’s planned green economy transition. The PAGE programme’s three objectives in South Africa are: i) to contribute to better policy coordination, strengthen dialogue and help deepen collaboration in green economy policy, planning and implementation processes; ii) to identify enabling factors for selected green economy sectors with the intent of promoting sector reform; iii) to strengthen capabilities through enhanced green economy training, learning and knowledge sharing, including support for national learning institutions in South Africa.

PAGE activities in South Africa contribute to the achievement of SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 4:45pm