Financing for sustainability among key topics at Cape Town environmental conference


CAPE TOWN, January 10 – Unlocking finances for sustainability will be among the key topics of discussion at the 2019 Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (Page) ministerial conference which takes place in Cape Town this week.

Among the keynote speakers at the conference at the Cape Town, International Convention Centre will be Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organization as well as Elliot Harris, chief economist for the United Nations.

The conference, which takes place on Thursday and Friday, will also see South Africa’s Minister of environment Nomvula Mokonyane, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Kumi Naidoo and Nardos Békéle-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa address delegates.

A series of parallel sessions on Friday will see a focus on finance, strategies, inclusion and the circular economy. Among the moderators for the sessions is Cecilia Njenga, head of the UN Environment Office in South Africa.

The conference will look at economic and social inclusion allied to creating sustainable economies as part of efforts to help nations reframe economic policies to focus on sustainability and to foster economic growth.

Mokonyane will welcome over 500 delegates to the Page conference. Page assists in coordinating UN action on the green economy and to assist countries in achieving and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Hosting the Page Conference will advance the agenda of inclusive growth, and the adoption of low carbon and climate resilient economy, domestically and on the African continent,” Mokonyane said in a statement on Tuesday.

South Africa is hosting the 3rd Page Ministerial Conference, following conferences in Dubai in 2014 and Berlin in 2017. The conference will see around 500 delegates, including 17 ministers/deputy ministers of environment, finance, business, science and technology and development.

– African News Agency (ANA)