Thinking capacity building right from the start in Uruguay

Which agents require what skills? Participants compare results from group work.
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26 April 2018, Montevideo, Uruguay – "A nice brochure is not enough to make people separate their garbage. You will need a sustained effort and the right incentives to make change” exclaimed María Laura Rodríguez, Economics, Communications and Environmental Manager at the concluding discussion of a workshop held on 26 April in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The workshop was organized as part of the country’s inclusive green economy capacity building effort that is shaping up in collaboration with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). The country joined PAGE in 2017. As project work streams are concretizing their scope and goals, PAGE and government counterparts initiated a dialogue early on in the project to analyze what skills and knowledge related to the green transition need to be strengthened.

In particular, the workshop aimed at identifying priority inclusive green economy learning needs in public, private and civil society sectors as well as academia. It also started a discussion on the competency framework to guide more structured analysis later on. The competency framework serves to differentiate skills in varying competency areas, such as project management, stakeholder involvement and technical execution of tasks.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our country. We have a unique support mechanism over multiple years in PAGE. Let’s be ambitious and envision now where we want to be at the end of this project!” emphasized Pablo Montes, National Coordinator for PAGE, in front of the 42 participants at the start of the workshop.

“The approach to build capacity in Uruguay is to compose a strategic, multi-year programme informed by the vision and identified needs we discuss early on. The resulting interventions will then take us where we want to go in terms of inclusive green economy skills and knowledge, step by step, like a stairway” explains Giuliano Montanari, Focal Point for Uruguay at the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and co-facilitator at the workshop.

Participants exchange their understandings of what inclusive green economy means for their country.
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Participants learning about green economy skills through group exercises.
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