Uruguay stands out in Latin America for being an egalitarian society, for its high per capita income, and low levels of inequality and poverty. Over the last decades, Uruguay has also made huge transitions to renewable energy generation and lowering its carbon footprint. For instance, during 2017, 70% of total energy consumption in Uruguay came from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy[1].

The Government of Uruguay is committed to sustainability and green economy in pursuit of higher income, creation of new jobs, poverty reduction, equality and shaping the environment into one of its core pillars of economic development. PAGE is collaborating with the Uruguayan government in the elaboration of the National Development Strategy, a medium-term development plan, and Uruguay 2050, its long-term vision. Uruguay 2050 envisions an acceleration of the economic and social growth experienced over the past decades, with an increased focus on social and cultural inclusion, gender equality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, increased competitiveness and productivity, food security, and advancing a technological revolution, among others. The partnership with PAGE does not only aid in the design of these policies, but also helps improving the planning capacities of the country to seize opportunities, minimize oscillations, and build economic resilience.

PAGE activities in Uruguay are contributing towards the achievement of SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

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UruguayJuly 2018 - PAGE supported the Director of the Office of Planning and Budget for his presentation of the National Voluntary Report 2018 for the fulfillment of the SDGs in the HLPF in New York. 

Providing support for design and adoption of the National Strategy for Green Economy and its action plan

Providing support for design and adoption of the National Strategy for Green Economy and its action plan

A planning workshop in 2017 hosted by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM) set the priorities for PAGE’s role in catalyzing the process of green economy transition in Uruguay. These included focusing on clean technologies, healthy ecosystems, qualified green labor, and ensuring policy coherence and efficacy.

To inform the national policy planning process of the long-term vision Uruguay 2050, led by the Office of Planning and Budget, PAGE is collaborating with the development of scenario analyses for the relevant priority value chains. In addition to Uruguay 2050, PAGE is supporting the Government in integrating green economy into the National Development Strategy. This includes taking stock and help in the prioritization of existing initiatives around green growth, green economy, and circular economy, and then integrating success factors, lessons learned and risk considerations transversally across the national policy.

Complementing direct support in policy processes, PAGE will also act as a platform to strengthen inter-institutional links towards green economy, collaborating with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. PAGE is working with the Office of Planning and Budget to align the Program’s efforts with the national SDG implementation processes.

Supporting the government’s efforts to green sectoral policies

Supporting the government’s efforts to green sectoral policies

A Scoping Assessment[1] conducted by the Institute of Economy of the University of the Republic[2], the Government of Uruguay, UN Environment, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) with the technical support of the Millennium Institute[3], identified several priority areas within green economy, including agriculture, livestock, industry, tourism and transport. The findings of the assessment are informing PAGE Uruguay implementation.

PAGE Uruguay is already implementing a line of work on Circular Economy, aligned with diverse national initiatives already in execution. The Programme will continue working on the identification and generation of market and management opportunities for waste valorization, and design and implementation of a Green Startups Program.

PAGE implementation in Uruguay includes implementation of a waste valorization strategy, development of a programme for green entrepreneurship and greening of value chains, including analysis of climate change implications, in line with priorities under the long-term strategy, Uruguay 2050. The latter prioritizes 10 value chains and productive sectors for embracing green economy and sustainable development opportunities (digital economy, bioeconomy, food, forestry and wood, creative industries, tourism, global export services associated with natural resources, renewable energy, hydrocarbons and mining).

PAGE is developing scenario analyses for value chains starting with the forestry-wood-cellulose value chain. In line with components on digital and bioeconomy, PAGE is supporting the implementation of a Green Startup Program, and a program for greening Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). These programs also align with PAGE support to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security[4] for the development of a Green Jobs policy. Furthermore, PAGE will inform the design and implementation of land use policies to balance the coexistence of industrial activities and residential land needs.

Until 2020, PAGE will promote the greening of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), with a transversal Green Jobs perspective. The objectives include the development a Programme for the greening of MSMEs and the development of policies for the promotion of Green Jobs for the vulnerable population and for the generation of Green Jobs for the young population.

Strengthening individual and institutional capacities on Inclusive and Green Economy

Strengthening individual and institutional capacities on Inclusive and Green Economy

PAGE acts as a platform for the exchange of knowledge within Uruguay and among partner countries in Inclusive and Green Economy. Key capacity building areas include overarching technical guidance, guidance on indicators and modeling, and guidance on attracting green investment in the country. To support green economy capacity development, PAGE is conducting a Learning Needs Assessment to identify learning gaps that should be addressed to build a critical mass of individuals with green economy knowledge and skills. PAGE plans to institutionalize green economy training into the curricula of the National Institute for Employment and Vocational Training[1], which has a reach of over 100,000 individuals including labor unions and civil servants.

All the national capacity strengthening activities will be duly included in the Capacity Strengthening and Formation Plan in Inclusive and Green Economy, which is already under elaboration.