Argentina

Joined in 2018     

Argentina has the third-largest economy in Latin America. While well-diversified, it has recently experienced a slowdown in economic progress with low growth and a rise in unemployment. Fluctuations in growth and recession have negatively impacted productivity as well as investments in technology. This has led the government to pursue structural changes that can facilitate growth, employment and sustainability within the context of an inclusive, green economy (IGE). 

Argentina has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability in the context of international processes and has expressed clear interest in pursuing economic, social and environmental objectives in an integrated manner. Argentina has already taken forward a series of important commitments, assuming Voluntary Commitments on emission reduction according to the Paris Agreement and promoting an agenda within the framework of its G20 Presidency (2018) focused on the “Future of Work”, “Sustainable Future of Food” and “Infrastructure for Development”.

Argentina joined PAGE in 2018, with the government recognising the potential for IGE to provide the means for achieving the 2030 Agenda. PAGE is supporting Argentina with its transition to an IGE through contributions in areas such as green jobsjust transitionyouth engagement, circular economy and waste management 

This has contributed to several Sustainable Development Goals, including:

Looking forward

With PAGE support, Argentina aims to advance its IGE transition with a focus ongovernance, technical analysis to inform policymaking, vocational training and capacity building to support  labour market transitionMoving forward, PAGE Argentina will contribute to a new national plan that will promote green employment with the Ministry of Labour, as well as the setup of a Circular Economy Promotion Framework with UNIDO and the Ministry of Production.  

In response to COVID-19, PAGE adjusted the stocktaking of IGE activities and resulting policy recommendations to account for green recovery in Argentina and is implementing a new green recovery workstream that will strengthen the design and implementation of sectoral plans framed in the Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, specifically for priority economic sectors that have high potential to aid in greening employment and production. 

Learn more about PAGE work in Argentina in our 2020 Annual Report

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Key thematic & sectoral areas

  • Just transition 

  • Green performance indicators 

  • Green jobs 

  • Circular economy 

  • Youth engagement 

Capacity building

  • Just transition policy training  

  • South-South exchange IGE webinars 

  • Green entrepreneurship study visit 

Argentina & PAGE by numbers

Policies supported: 3

Assessments: 4

National institutions and ministries partnering: 7

Initiatives providing co-financing: 1

Thanks to a strong partnership and support from the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, PAGE announces the first wave of green recovery funds for five partner countries. Learn more

Argentina's proposal for green recovery funds outlined the following key themes:

  • Green industry
  • Technology
  • Circular Economy
  • Social Dialogue
  • Climate Change (integration into policy)
  • Waste Management

National Policymaking

National Policymaking

PAGE has leveraged its expertise to support the government, academic institutions and businesses take ownership of and drive the sustainability agenda. Argentina’s achievements in line with PAGE country-specific outcomes, and in turn the SDGs and Paris Agreement on Climate Change, include:

Building a strong case for a green economy transition

Onboarding of a National Coordinator for Argentina, the commencement of monthly National Steering Committee meetings and a scoping and inception workshop with over 160 participants took place in early 2019, establishing the foundation for PAGE support. Following this, work commenced on the Green Economy Stocktaking Study, together with the Theory of Change and Logical Framework, completed in July 2020. Complementing the overall stocktaking study, PAGE, led by UNDP, developed an analytical framework that links the approaches of Just Transition to the Agenda 2030 and SDG-related policies. Further helping to build support for green economic transition in Argentina, PAGE organized a virtual High-Level National Dialogue on Green Economy in December 2020, engaging the three government ministries through which PAGE works. The Just Transition dialogue was continued in 2021 with more than 75 interviews and participative workshops with workers, employers and government representatives to map perspectives on challenges, opportunities and proposals on how to shape Just Transition policies in Argentina, focusing also on a Green Recovery. The results aim to inform a tripartite process to develop a National Just Transition Strategy under a working group within the National Climate Change Cabinet. This work contributes to SDG 8, target 8.4 by working to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation and SDG 17, target 17.13 and 17.17, by enhancing policy coherence through effective partnerships.

Developing green performance indicators to inform policymaking

PAGE, led by UNEP, has advanced the country diagnostics on green performance indicators to provide a decision-making tool for policymakers. The focus of this diagnostic is to develop and prioritize environmental performance indicators and streamline them into a single report that provides a technical basis for informed decision-making on IGE. PAGE is currently utilising the findings of the diagnostic to develop indicators for an environmental information system that will be hosted in the National Environmental Information Centre. This will support SDG 17, target 17.19, by supporting the measurement of progress on sustainable development. 

Sectoral and thematic reform

Sectoral and thematic reform

In line with priority areas identified by the Argentinian government, PAGE is contributing to workstreams and policy reform in relation to waste management, green industry and green jobs, as follows:

Green Jobs

PAGE, led by ILO and the National University of Tres de Febrero, finalized an assessment of the effects of the transition to a green economy on the labour market. Composed of five interrelated studies that provided inputs for different elements of the country’s IGE transition, the study is feeding into the design and implementation of policies aimed at promoting a fair transition process, specifically the National Green Employment Promotion Plan that is currently under development with PAGE support. Additionally, in September 2020, the creation of a “Green Jobs and Just Transition Board” coordinated by the Ministry of Labour at the National Cabinet of Ministers on Climate Change was announced, providing a mechanism for green economy issues promoted by PAGE to be officially captured by a central policy-making mechanism. Through participation in the Board, PAGE was able to contribute to the writing of  Argentina's Second NDC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change submitted in December 2020, which, for the first time, reflects the objectives of ‘Just Transition’ and ‘Sustainable Jobs’. This work contributes to SDG 8, targets 8.3 and 8.5, by supporting the creation of decent jobs for all.

Circular economy

In 2019, PAGE supported the establishment of a Competitiveness Board for the Circular Economy within the Ministry of Production. Using this mechanism, PAGE supported a first industrial mapping developed by sector representatives in a participatory manner, helping to build consensus on the way forward for green industrial development. PAGE was involved in the creation of a “Sustainable Production Board” in 2020 which will further facilitate PAGE’s circular economy work. Furthermore, the development of both a National Plan for the Promotion of the Circular Economy and a related Fiscal Impact Study was launched by PAGE in November 2020 and is being taken forward jointly by UNIDO and the Ministry of Production. In line with these objectives, Argentina’s Ministry of Production announced a National Green Productive Development Plan to align the country’s production with the global climate agenda. This contributes towards SDG 9, target 9.2, by promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and SDG 12, target 12.2, through efficient use of natural resources.

Sustainable finance

PAGE has explored different avenues to support Argentina in the development of sustainable finance, with first results achieved at a sub-regional level. In 2020, PAGE led by UNDP, developed a financial instrument with the Public Bank of the Federal State of Chaco, which is based on Ecosystem Valuation and will be replicated in other Provinces. Furthermore, PAGE, also led by UNDP, plans to develop a financial stimulus strategy that is intended to serve the Active Labour Market Policies of the Ministry of Labour, as well as the National Investment Bank for Development (BICE) of the Ministry of Production. Going forward, this work will be closely aligned with the support on green economic recovery, which will specifically embed the use of financial instruments. These efforts contribute towards achievement of SDG 17, target 17.3, by mobilizing additional financial resources.

Youth engagement

PAGE Argentina has supported various events and initiatives helping to promote awareness green jobs and just transition for youth. In September 2019, a Green Jobs Fair was held in Buenos Aires, bringing together over 700 young people, government, employers and private sector representatives. Additionally, in November 2019, PAGE Argentina, together with the Institute for Youth of the National Ministry of Social Development (INJUVE) and the National Secretary for Labour Security and Safety, organized a "Youth Hackathon on Green Jobs and Just Transition" to discuss youth employment challenges and opportunities with around 50 young people covered by employment programmes. This contributes to SDG 8, target 8.6, by supporting training and employment for youth.

Strengthening capacity

Strengthening capacity

PAGE Argentina utilizes its close ties with government institutions, national partners and universities to build and strengthen capacity on green economy practices in the country, with a focus on Just Transition on Green Jobs. Examples include:

Institutionalizing IGE learning

PAGE has commenced preparatory work for the development of a specific training programme with the National Public Administration Institute. Planning has begun to develop a capacity-building series and modernize the campus of the National Institute for the Public Administration Career (INAP), which is the national platform for capacity-building for national public employees and public servants as well as mid-to high-level staff. These initiatives will help achieve SDG 4, target 4.7, by ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

Building individual capacity

Starting in May 2021, PAGE together with the Ministry of Employment Secretariatconducted a six week capacity building course for over 40 staff of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security. The initiative promoted training, reflection and exchange on different issues related to processes of Just Transition and Green Employment and aims to develop management capacities related to these issues within the institution. Additionally, PAGE actively participated in the implementation of the newly co-designed Diploma on Green Jobs and Just Transition of the Institute of the World of Work of the National University UNTREF, through the delivery of masterclasses for students by PAGE focal points. 

Additionally, PAGE has been invited to co-organize or substantively contribute to various virtual trainings and webinars in the area of Just Transition and Green Jobs led by other institutions, including:

  • Preparing a special segment for the ITCILO Course on "Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Concepts and practices”;
  • Presenting seminar on “Biodiversity and Labour" with the Ministry of Environment;
  • Supportnig the Institute of the World of Labour (IMT) of the National University UNTREF, in organizing a seminar on “Just Transition – International and National Context, Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic”;
  • Co-organizing a training webinar for Ministry staff on “Just Transition to a Green Economy and Green Employment in Argentina” with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security;
  • Contributing to a virtual training workshop hosted by the ‘Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change (RAMCC)’, discussing how to begin the transition to a green economy; and
  • Facilitating the participation of a tripartite delegation of key decision makers from the government, the trade unions and the business sector, in two online ITC-ILO training courses on “Green Jobs for Sustainable Development” and “Managing Just Transition Policies”.

These efforts to build individual knowledge on a range of IGE-related topics support SDG 4, specifically target 4.7.

South-south cooperation

Argentina’s tripartite delegation participated in the Global Academy on Green Economy, held in October 2019 in Turin, and shared experiences in three panels and two specific workshops of the Academy. In a follow-up to the Green Economy Academy, on 11 November 2019, PAGE Argentina co-organized with PAGE Uruguay the first South-South exchange webinar on “Thinking Technology as a Tool for Global Education on Green Economy”. In November 2020, PAGE, through the ILO, and in collaboration with the GIZ GET project, participated in a webinar on how governments and business can lead a just transition to greener economies, including South-South exchange with Workers Unions of PAGE countries South Africa and Argentina, and was followed by additional bilateral discussions, with further exchanges to take place in the future. These examples contributed to SDG 17, target 17.9, by facilitating international cooperation to support national implementation of the SDGs.

Identifying complementary initiatives

PAGE has been working closely with the GIZ Green Economy Transformation (GET) programme over the course of 2019 and 2020, which provided additional opportunities for outreach on green economy and South-South Exchange. The PAGE National Coordinator participated in the Global Exchange Forum on Inclusive Green Economy, co-organized by the GIZ GET programme and also contributed to a discussion at the 2nd national Resource Efficiency Panel of the German-Argentinean Chamber of Commerce, held by GIZ GET in September 2019 together with the National Ministry of Environment and other UN and bilateral agencies. Further, PAGE Argentina facilitated the participation of key stakeholders in a Study Visit to Berlin on Green Entrepreneurship, organized by the GIZ GET. This contributes to SDG 17, target 17.16, by enhancing global partnerships for sustainable development.

COUNTRY FOCAL POINTS

Coordinating Agency Focal PointAna Belen Sanchez
PAGE Project CoordinatorJoaquin Etorena
Government Focal PointsLeonardo Di Pietro, State Secretary of Employment, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security
Claudio Alejandro Sehtman, Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of Productive Development
Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist, Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

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