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2019 Page Ministerial Conference

The challenge: How can we lift millions out of poverty, create 600+ million jobs, reduce inequalities, protect the environment and grow the economy?

Where we stand: We have a plan for propelling the world towards a future where human and environmental health are protected, where poverty and hunger are alleviated, where peace and prosperity can flourish. Three years safter the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is time now for action.

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THEMATIC STREAMS

Our parallel sessions

GREEN FINANCE - HOW DO WE UNLOCK GREEN FINANCE?

Greening the green, making the financial system work for the future

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STRATEGIES AND POLICIES FOR A GREEN ECONOMY

Smoothing the way towards a sustainable future through policies and strategies that promote green economies

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ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INCLUSION

Finding solutions that work for all and empower the most vulnerable

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SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION – CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Exploring opportunities and barriers to accelerating a system-wide change based on circular economy and SCP

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Our guests

Nomvula Paula Mokonyane

Minister of Environment, South Africa

Guy Ryder

Director General, International Labour Organization

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

Deputy Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Mary Goretti Kitutu

Minister of Environment, Uganda

Kumi Naidoo

Secretary General, Amnesty International

Askarov Zamirbek

Vice Prime Minister, Kyrgyz Republic

Kimmo Tiilikainen

Minister of Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland

Atle Hamar

State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Chief Economist

Bambang Brodjonegoro

Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia

Nardos Békéle-Thomas

UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa

Nestor Batio Bassiere

Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, Burkina Faso

SCHEDULE

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09:00 - 09:15
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Welcome remarks: Setting the Scene

Ms Nardos Békélé -Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in South Africa (confirmed) Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization (confirmed) H.E. Nomvula Paula Mokonyane, Minister of Environment, South Africa (confirmed)
09:15 - 09:30

Official Opening

H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa (invited)
9:30 - 9:45
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Keynote Addresses

Mr. Elliott Harris, Chief Economist, United Nations (Confirmed)
09:45 - 10:45
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High-level Panel: Green Economy at a Turning Point, followed by Press Statements

Moderator: Ms Nozipho Mbanjwa (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Nomvula Paula Mokonyane, Minister of Environment, South Africa (confirmed) H.E. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Ministry of National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia (confirmed) H.E. Rita Schwarzeluhr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany (confirmed) Mr Guy Ryder, Director General, ...
10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Media engagement and walkabout during tea-time
11:00 - 12:00
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Keynote Conversation on Economic and Social Inclusion

Ms Nozipho Mbanjwa (confirmed) H.E. Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change of Burkina Faso (confirmed) H.E. Trevor Prescod, Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Barbados (confirmed) Mr. Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General, Amnesty International Ms Tanya Cohen, CEO, Business Unity South Africa (CONFIRMED)   ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Finance

Enabling environments for sustainable finance Moderator: Mr Tim Scott, Senior Policy Advisor, UN Environment (confirmed) Speakers: Mr Pierre Venter, General Manager, Banking Association of South Africa (confirmed) Ms Astrid Ladefoged, Head of Unit, SDGs, Green Finance and Economic Analysis, Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission (CONFIRMED) Mr Medrilzam, ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Circular Economy

Policies and strategies for sustainable consumption and production Moderator: Ms. Ligia Noronha, Director, Economy Division, UN Environment (invited) Speakers: H.E. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland (confirmed) Ms Ndibi Schwiers, Director, Department of Environment, Guyana (CONFIRMED) Ms Astrid Schomaker, Director, Global Sustainable Development, Directorate General ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Inclusion

What is inclusion? Moderator: Mr Guy Preston, Deputy Director General: Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa (confirmed) Ms. Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Director and Head, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic and Management Services, University of Pretoria (confirmed) Mr. Thobile Lamati, Director General, Department of Labour, South ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Strategies

Setting an overarching framework for policy reform Moderator: Ms Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor and Professor, TERI University (confirmed) Speakers: Prof Linda Godfrey, Manager, Waste RDI Roadmap Implementation Unit, DST, Principal Scientist, Waste for Development, CSIR (confirmed) H.E. Askarov Zamirbek, Vice-prime minister of the Kyrgyz Republic (confirmed) Mr Atle Hamar, ...
13:00 - 14:15
VIP Lounge, ICC

Leaders’ Luncheon “Social and societal innovative solutions for environmental challenges” (by invitation only)

The Leaders’ Luncheon is organised jointly by UN Environment and the UN Global Compact, South Africa Chapter. It will focus on partnering for innovative solutions – including social and societal innovations –  for inclusive and sustainable economic transformation. The Leaders’ Luncheon will bring together Ministers of Environment, senior policymakers ...
14:15 - 15:15
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Keynote Conversation on the Future of Work in a Green Economy

Modeeator: Ms Nozipho Mbanjwa (confirmed) Invited speakers: H.E. Soomilduth Bholah, Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mauritius (confirmed) Mr Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization (confirmed) Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba, Vice-President, International Organization of Employers (confirmed) H.E. Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of Sweden to South Africa (confirmed) Ms Zingiswa Losi, ...
15:30 - 16:30
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Parallel Sessions – Finance

Finance: Growth in sustainable banking, insurance and investment Moderator: Ms Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Head, Group Strategy, Santam (confirmed) Speakers: Mr Peter Moyo, CEO, Old Mutual Emerging Markets (invited) Ms Lilowtee Rajmun Joosery, Director, Mauritius Export Association (MEXA) (confirmed) Ms Sydney Soundy, Executive Manager, Strategies and Communication, Land Bank, South Africa ...
15:30 - 16:30
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Parallel Sessions – Circular Economy

Innovations and solutions for sustainable consumption and production Moderator: Mr Stephan Sicars, Director of Department of Environment, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Peru (confirmed) Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation (confirmed) Prof Linda Godfrey, Manager, Waste RDI Roadmap Implementation Unit, ...
15:30 - 16:30
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Parallel Sessions – Strategies

Mainstreaming natural capital in policies and strategies Moderator: Ms Sofia Alroth, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Mary Goretti Kitutu, State Minister for the Environment, Uganda (confirmed) Mr. Bazarsad Chimed-Ochir, BIOFIN Lead Expert, Mongolia (confirmed) Mr Mark Gough, Executive Director Natural Capital Coalition (confirmed)  
15:30 - 16:30
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Parallel Sessions – Inclusion

What role do small- and medium-sized enterprises play in promoting inclusion? Moderator: Mr Joni Musabayana, Director, ILO Pretoria Office (invited) Speakers: H.E. Soomilduth Bholah, Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mauritius (confirmed) H.E. Mhangaliso Ndlovu, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Zimbabwe (invited) Mr John Wali, President Junior Achievement, Kenya ...
16:30 - 17:45
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Moving from Reflection to Action

Moderator: Ms Tsakani Ngomane, Deputy Director General for Climate Change, Air Quality and Sustainable Development, Department of Environmental Affairs of South Arica (confirmed) Speakers: Mr Desta Mebratu, CEO of the African Transformative Leapfrogging Advisory Services (confirmed) Ms Laura Kelly, Director, Shaping Sustainable Markets Research Group, International Institute for Environment ...
17:45 - 18:15
Hall 2, Ground Floor, ICC

Exhibition Green Economy Pioneers: Innovative Approaches, Business Models, Partnerships

The exhibition showcases the work of UN Agencies, South African academic institutions, development cooperation partners, industry, commerce, NGOs and service providers. The public exhibition will highlight and celebrate drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship and demonstrate what South Africa is doing towards implementing tools and strategies to accelerate the transition towards ...
19:00 - 22:00
Ballroom 2 - ICC

Banquet

All participants attending the PAGE Conference are welcome to the banquet. No formal invitation is required.
9:00 - 10:15
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High-level Panel: Unlocking finance for sustainability

Moderator: Ms Nozipho Mbanjwa (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Guyana (confirmed) H.E. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland (confirmed) Mr Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) (confirmed) Ms Nicky Newton-King, CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, South Africa (confirmed)
10:15 - 11:15
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Keynote Conversation on Sustainable Economy

Moderator: Ms Joanne Yawitch, CEO, National Business Initiative, South Africa (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, India (confirmed) Mr. Atle Hamar, State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway (confirmed) H.E. Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Peru (confirmed) H.E. Mame ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Finance

Partnerships for financing a resilient, sustainable economy Moderator: Ms Nardos Békélé -Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Trevor Prescod, Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Barbados (confirmed) Ms Reshma Sheoraj, Director of Insurance, National Treasury, South Africa (invited) Ms Aisha Al Abdooli, Director of Green ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Strategies

Greening small- and medium-sized enterprises Moderator: Mr Khaled El Mekwad, Director, UNIDO Regional Office in South Africa (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Nestor Batio Bassiere, Minister of the Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, Burkina Faso (confirmed) Ms Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (invited) Mr Vic Van Vuuren, ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Inclusion

What policies can support economic empowerment of women and youth? Moderator: Mr Oliver Greenfield, Convenor of the Green Economy Coalition (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Mary Goretti Kitutu, State Minister for the Environment, Uganda (confirmed) Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Woman (invited) Ms Vore Gana Seck, Advisor, Economic, Social and ...
12:00 - 13:00
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Parallel Sessions – Circular Economy

Finance and investment for sustainable consumption and production Moderator: Mr Steven Stone, Chief of UN Environment’s Resources & Markets Branch (confirmed) Speakers: H.E. Hon. Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana (confirmed) Mr Antony Nyong, Director for Climate Change, African Development Bank (confirmed) Mr Benoît ...
13:00 - 13:30

Insights and awards ceremony

Recognition of excellence in sustainability Presentation of awardees for entrepreneurship in sustainable development Acknowledgement on the greening of the 2019 PAGE Ministerial Conference Ms Geraldine Reymenants, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa Moderator: Ms. Nozipho Mbanjwa  
13:30 - 14:15

Conference closing and outcomes

Ms Nozipho Mbanjwa (confirmed) H.E. Nomvula Paula Mokonyane, Minister of Environment, South Africa (confirmed) Welcoming new PAGE countries Mr Tim Kasten, Deputy Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics Announcement of next PAGE Ministerial conference Conference Closing By South Africa  

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LOCATION

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ICC – International Convention Centre | Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa.

PARTNERS

Hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and organized by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy