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Argentina's agenda for economic reform emphasizes growth, employment and sustainability.

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. 

Argentina has already taken forward a series of important commitments in environmental and socio-economic matters, 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”. A Minimum Standard Law on Climate Change was also recently approved, setting standards for climate protection within policy strategies as well as a law prohibiting the use of microplastics in cosmetics and housekeeping products. 

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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. 

While the combination of the COVID-19 crisis and changeover in governance affected PAGE Argentina’s inception year, progress was made to link recovery with national efforts towards building an inclusive and green economy. As the country set out plans for economic recovery, PAGE collaborated with national counterparts to develop a proposal for additional green recovery support through PAGE.

This green recovery support will work to 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. PAGE will partner notably with the National Climate Change Cabinet — which includes the line ministries in charge of leading the development of economic stimulus — to develop sectoral green recovery scenarios and related sustainable industrial reconversion plans. This includes specific strategies for labour adaptation and employment promotion. The work will also include a capacity-building programme for political decision-makers and economic actors involved in climate change mitigation strategies, targeting an environmentally and socially sustainable recovery of the economy, and will facilitate the development of financial instruments and standards for supporting the implementation of the recovery policies. 

 

  • 2018

    Argentina joins PAGE

    PAGE National Steering Committee established

    First workshop held to identify priority workstreams for the inception phase and support the theory of change

  • 2019

    National coordinator onboarded

    Inception report completed

    Inception mission held, including a high-level launch event

    Green economy stocktaking study initiated

    PAGE co-organized a Green Jobs Fair with tripartite constituencies and the Ministries of Environment, and Production and Labour

    First South-South exchange forum on technology as a tool for global education on green economy co-organised by PAGE Uruguay and Argentina

  • 2020

    Draft National Strategy for Just Transition developed by tripartite committee presented in ITC-ILO event

    Tripartite validation workshop for the Stocktaking Report and Diagnostic of the Just Transition to a Green Economy

    Study on “Linkages between the 2030 Agenda and Just Transition for Green Recovery” finalized

    Formation of two boards within the National Cabinet of Ministers on Climate Change: on Just Transition and Labour and on Sustainable Production

    Green Economy Indicators developed for the National Center of Environmental Information of the Ministry of Environment

    First Tripartite High-Level Dialogue Event on Green Economy and Just Transition held

  • Analysis for a Just Transition

    Following the finalization of Argentina’s Green Economy Stocktaking Study, a validation workshop on 24 July provided an opportunity to […]

  • Fostering social dialogue

    PAGE organized a virtual High-Level National Dialogue on Green Economy, engaging the three government ministries working with […]

  • Developing Green Performance Indicators to inform policymaking

    In December 2020, PAGE finalized the ‘Diagnostic on Country Indicators for a Green Economy’ to provide a decision-making tool for […]

  • New ministerial boards for green jobs and production reforms

    In September 2020, PAGE supported the establishment of two additional ministerial boards, coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and […]

  • Ministerial collaboration on employment in the environmental sector

    PAGE provided a platform for the development of an agreement between the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Environment and […]

  • Analysis and policy development: just transition and green employment

    In 2020, PAGE finalized the ‘Labour Diagnostic of the Just Transition to a Green Economy’ report. The research is composed of five […]

  • Sustainable finance strategies

    To support Argentina in the development of sustainable finance, PAGE developed a financial instrument in 2020 with the Public Bank […]

  • Global training programmes

    Between April and June 2020, PAGE facilitated the participation of a tripartite delegation of key decision-makers from the […]

  • South-South Collaboration

    On 18 November 2020 PAGE, through ILO representation, presented in the webinar “Green jobs and a just transition: Country perspectives” […]

  • National Policymaking

    National Policymaking

    PAGE has supported the government, academic institutions and businesses in taking ownership of and driving the sustainability agenda, aligning policy initiatives with green economy objectives.

  • Sectoral Reform

    Sectoral and Thematic Reform

    Several events and activities have taken place in relation to waste management, green industry and green jobs, in line with priority areas identified by the Argentinian government. These will form the basis of workstreams focused on sectoral and thematic policy reforms.

  • Strengthening Capacity

    Strengthening Capacity

    Through training programmes and South-South exchange, PAGE work has continued to build both individual and institutional capacity in Argentina, supporting foundational progress.

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