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04 August 2023

The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MTEySS) presented on 3 August the Green Jobs programme during the Green Employment and Sustainable Productive Development Conference held in the province of Misiones, in Argentina. The programme seeks to promote and support companies, cooperatives and enterprises that adopt sustainable practices and generate employment while caring for ecosystems.

With the support of PAGE, the aim of this event was to promote discussion and collaboration among participants to move towards a more sustainable, resilient and fair development in the Province of Misiones, taking into account the importance of green jobs as a fundamental pillar in this transition.

This year’s theme is “Year of Youth to lead sustainable development and the knowledge economy of resilience to climate change and family farming as a productive system that guarantees food sovereignty”. The event included around 170 participants from the national and provincial authorities and actors from the public and private sectors, who presented their perspectives and experiences related to green employment.

The opening was led by the deputies Adriana Bezus and Suzel Vaider; the Minister of Labour and Employment of Misiones, Silvana Giménez; PAGE national coordinator, Joaquín Etorena; the Secretary of Employment of the Ministry of Labour of the Nation, Leonardo Di Pietro; and the vice-governor of Misiones, Carlos Arce. Other participants also included the president of the Renovador block, Deputy Martín Cesino; legislators and provincial authorities, representatives of international and national organisations, mayors, and representatives of various associations.

The Secretary of Employment, Leonardo Di Pietro, attended on behalf of the labour portfolio, and celebrated that “registered employment is growing at a national level, but particularly in this province, leading the region in terms of sustained growth and the generation of new jobs, and that is very important”. The official also reported that Argentina reached the figure of 800,000 green jobs and that jobs in Misiones represent almost 15 percent of that total.

Ernesto Rodolfo Philipp, highlighted the importance of promoting green employment in different sectors, presenting the Ministry’s Green Employment Programme, which seeks to encourage and support companies, cooperatives and enterprises that adopt sustainable practices and generate green employment through the programmes that the Ministry has been implementing, and highlighted the creation of the green employment advisory council, with the aim of gathering recommendations and initiatives on the subject

Tamara Acosta from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) emphasised the need to “think about the environment from a holistic perspective” and promote sustainability in the private sector, through the adoption of environmental certifications and seals that encourage more sustainable practices.

Florencia Walger from the Sustainable Industries Directorate of the Ministry of Economy, presented Mission 2 of the Argentina Productive Plan, highlighting the importance of developing the Green Economy for a fair and sustainable environmental transition. He also mentioned ongoing projects and initiatives to improve the quality of production and distribution of cooperatives and enterprises, and to promote sustainability in the business sphere.

Joaquín Etorena Hormaeche, PAGE national coordinator in Argentina, emphasized the importance of ensuring a safe and healthy working environment in the creation of green jobs, linking it to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while highlighting the importance of maximizing the creation of green jobs, paying special attention to the risk of fragmentation that the rapid evolution of jobs can mean.

During the meeting, there was a space for dialogue among the participants, led by the Coordinator of the Social Dialogue for Employment and Vocational Training of the MTySS, Diego Guisande, where trade union action was highlighted, and eco-unionism was discussed as a tool to defend the environment and promote the generation of green jobs. In addition, experiences from the provinces of Chaco and Formosa were shared in relation to the knowledge economy and green jobs.

The conference represents a key space to promote the green economy in the region, strengthening the articulation between governmental entities and international organisations with the aim of achieving sustainable development.

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a global initiative between different governments and five agencies of the United Nations System. Aligning with the goals of the country, PAGE work aims to support SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) in Argentina.

Sources: PAGE, OIT Argentina, Ministry of Labour, Linkedin


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