Argentina is an upper middle-income country with a diverse economy that is the third largest in Latin America. In recent years, economic progress has slowed, with periods of low or even negative growth in GDP and a rise in unemployment. Over the last decade, altering periods of accelerated growtheconomic recession and exchange rate crises have resulted in the deterioration of productive factors and significantly impacted investments in technology and productivity. Against this background, the country recognizes that economic reforms need to be pursued to facilitate growth, stimulate employment, fight against poverty and promote sustainability, with important structural challenges to overcome on the road to 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 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 strategy that will promote green jobs 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 is adjusting the stocktaking of IGE activities and resulting policy recommendations to account for green recovery in Argentina.  

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

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Key thematic & sectoral areas

  • Just transition 

  • Green jobs 

  • Green performance indicators 

  • Circular economy 

  • Waste management 

  • Youth engagement 

Capacity building

  • Just transition policy training  

  • South-South exchange IGE webinars 

  • Green entrepreneurship study visit 

Argentina & PAGE by numbers

Assessments: 2 

Consultations & workshops: 12 

National institutions & ministries partnering: 7 

Initiatives providing co-financing: 1

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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

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
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
Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist, Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

COUNTRY ANNUAL PROGRESS