Argentina is the third largest economy in Latin America and an upper middle-income country with a well-diversified economy. However, it has recently experienced a slowdown in economic progress and a rise in unemployment. Against this background, the country recognizes the need to pursue economic reforms to facilitate growth, stimulate employment and promote sustainability, with important structural challenges to overcome on the road to IGE.

Argentina has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability on an international scale, including promoting the sustainability agenda during its G20 Presidency of 2018. On a national level, Congress recently approved the Minimum Standard Law on Climate Change, setting standards for climate protection in policy strategies for different sectors and a law on prohibiting use of microplastic in cosmetic and housekeeping products.

Argentina joined PAGE in 2018, to support advancement of IGE with a focus on the following: governance; technical analysis to inform policymaking; vocational training to support labour market transition; and sustainable productive development and finance for technological innovation, including fiscal incentives, sustainable public procurement schemes and sustainable financial instruments. PAGE also plans to contribute to sectoral reform through cross-sectoral dialogue and targeted support to waste management and green industry. 

This has contributed to several Sustainable Development Goals, including:

Learn more about PAGE work in Argentina in our 2019 Annual Report

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COUNTRY ANNUAL PROGRESS

Building the Green Economy Transition

Building the Green Economy Transition

PAGE was launched with a scoping and inception workshop in May 2019, with more than 160 participants from unions, businesses, financial sector, state agencies and civil society. A green economy stocktaking study is being developed by the Centre for Sustainability (UNESCO-IIEP) of the faculty for Economic Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires.

Complementary to the stocktaking study, PAGE is developing an analytical framework that links the approaches of Just Transition to the 2030 Agenda and SDG-related policies. This study emphasizes how the green economy can be used as a tool to achieve sustainable development with special focus on poverty eradication. This work will be shared through a Strategic Dialogue Series in business chambers, banks, international credit institutions and other identified spaces.

Developing Green Performance Indicators

Developing Green Performance Indicators

PAGE has been advancing the country diagnostics on green performance indicators to inform policymaking. The purpose of this diagnostic is to develop and prioritize environmental performance indicators and streamline them into a single report that provides a technical basis for policymakers to make informed decisions on IGE. The report will identify priority economic sectors, the political interventions necessary to improve performance against these indicators and related data gaps.

This work is being complemented by trainings on green economy assessment tools and indicator frameworks, including the Green Economy Progress Indicator framework. A review of existing environmental, economic, and labour policies will also be conducted to establish a coherent framework of indices and indicators for IGE.

Assessing the Effects of Green Economy on the Labour Market

Assessing the Effects of Green Economy on the Labour Market

In November 2019, ILO and the National University of Tres de Febrero, commenced an assessment of the effects of the transition to a green economy on the labour market. The study will feed into the design and implementation of policies aimed at promoting a fair transition process, with a special focus on gender. An additional element of this workstream is institutional capacity development, with a focus on the design and delivery of professional training strategies that provide reference frameworks for qualifications, the content of vocational trainings, certifications and standards.

COUNTRY FOCAL POINTS

Lead Agency Focal PointChristoph Ernst (ILO)
National CoordinatorJoaquin Etorena
Partner Agency Focal PointsJosé Dallo (UNEP)
Manuel Albaladejo (UNIDO)
Paolo Bohorquez (UNDP)
Giuliano Montanari (UNITAR)
Government Focal PointsPablo Kunik, Director for Sustainable Industry, Ministry of Productive Development
WU Shunze, Director Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE) of Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE)
Leonardo Di Pietro, State Secretary of Employment, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security
Claudio Alejandro Sehtman, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Productive Development, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security
Mariano Nascone, National Director for International Relations, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development