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Uruguay has developed a national planning framework that mainstreams sustainability and emphasizes circular economy.

Uruguay ranks high in the Latin American region in terms of human development and opportunity and national progress is supported by institutional stability and inclusive social policies. In recent years, the government has integrated sustainable, inclusive and green development into its core pillars of economic development, setting ambitious goals for equality, environment and a diversified economy. 

To drive this progress Uruguay strengthened policy frameworks with, for example, the preparation of a National Development Strategy – Uruguay 2050 (2019), a National Agenda of Infrastructure, and the National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development (2019). 

PAGE activities in Uruguay are contributing towards the achievement of SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), as well as Uruguay’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement. PAGE was also selected as an example of action on SDG 17 as part of Uruguay’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) presented at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2019. 

Uruguay submitted a proposal for additional PAGE support in its green recovery efforts in November 2020. PAGE assistance will focus on promoting a green recovery of the food and food services sectors, particularly for SMEs, through strengthening the enabling environment for sustainable consumption and production in food system SMEs within the green recovery. Activities will assess and identify market opportunities and barriers to recovery, education gaps, and prospects for green employment generation in the food and food services sectorsand develop an action plan and circular economy strategy to promote sustainable growth of the food and food services sectorPAGE will also support the digitalization of business processes of SMEs in the food industry and organize knowledge-sharing and training events on green chemistry and biotechnology in the food system. 

  • 2017

    PAGE launched in Uruguay

    Planning workshop hosted by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining to set the priorities for PAGE work

    National Steering Committee established

  • 2018

    Analysis of available Macroeconomic Models to be used for Uruguay’s Environmental Policy Impact Assessment completed

    PAGE supported the Director of the Office of Planning and Budget to present the Voluntary National Review for Uruguay at the High-Level Political Forum in New York

    Learning needs workshop held in Montevideo with more than 50 participants

    Training course on the analysis of international markets for waste products within global value chains

    Reports produced on the artisanal brick industry, highlighting shortcomings in working conditions

  • 2019

    First Circular Economy Award for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Uruguay

    National Development Strategy Uruguay 2050 officially announced, including environmental components supported by PAGE

    National Circular Economy Action Plan published

    Work commenced on institutionalizing green economy training into the curricula of the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training

    National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development approved

  • 2020

    Workshop conducted in collaboration with BioValor Project for primary school teachers in Summer School of Plan Ceibal

    New government authorities take office

    Virtual breakfast meeting held to disseminate national IGE advances, jointly with GIZ and the Inter-institutional Working Group

    Green Economy Learning Assessment and Capacity-Building Plan completed

    Circular Opportunities Sectoral Fund launched as part of the “Uruguay Circular Program’

    Second Uruguay Circular Award Ceremony held by PAGE

    Sustainable Entrepreneurship Training Programme for youth held in collaboration with GIZ and DESEM

  • National engagement

    New government authorities took office in March 2020, and PAGE established a new working relationship with the administration and […]

  • Circular economy awards

    The first Circular Award ceremony was held in 2019, and building on its initial success, PAGE Uruguay held the second Uruguay Circular Award […]

  • Evaluating circular economy

    A study is underway to design and implement a monitoring and evaluation system for the National Circular Economy Plan, which is expected […]

  • Green Economy Learning Assessment

    In May 2020, the Green Economy Learning Assessment and Capacity Building Plan were completed. The Plan proposes trainings and […]

  • Entrepreneurship training for youth

    PAGE and GIZ developed a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Training Programme for youth in collaboration with the youth entrepreneurship […]

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