Uruguay fast facts

Joined:

2017

Key cross-sectoral policies

National Development Strategy Uruguay 2050
National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development

Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2018:

Circular economy
Agro-industrial waste management
Sustainable production and services in MSMEs
Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment
Green jobs

Capacity building:

Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment
Institutionalize green economy training into national curricula
Training public and private sectors experts on waste valorization
E-course on cleaner production and labour formalization for MSMEs

PAGE's support to Uruguay contributes to the achievement of the following SDGs:

 

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SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production

SDG 13 - Climate action

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Overview

The government of Uruguay is committed to sustainability and green economy in pursuit of higher income, job creation, poverty reduction and equality, seeing the environment as one of the core pillars of economic development.

Currently, Uruguay is immersed in several development planning processes, including the preparation of the National Development Strategy Uruguay 2050.

The partnership with PAGE informs these policymaking processes and helps to strengthen planning capacities to seize green economy opportunities and build economic resilience.

 Progress in 2018: A Snapshot

Going Circular

Uruguay has embraced the concept of circular economy, given its potential to generate new businesses and jobs in an environmentally-conscious way.

To contribute to its development, PAGE is engaged at various levels through:

  • Facilitating the mainstreaming of circular economy into the overarching programme Transforma Uruguay.
  • Engaging with the project BioValor - a key promoter of the circular economy at the national level.
  • Strengthening national capacities in circular economy, particularly in the analysis of global value chains and waste valorization.
  • Collaborating with the Office of Planning and Budget on capacity strengthening activities in the area of strategic planning and strategic environmental assessment, in cooperation with the Government of Finland.

 

High-Level Support for Green Economy

PAGE supported the Director of the Office of Planning and Budget in his presentation of Uruguay's 2018 National Voluntary Review, which reports on progress towards achieving the SDGs, at the High-Level Political Forum in New York.

Upon his return to Uruguay, this was followed by a press conference and interviews which highlighted and drew attention to green economy and the PAGE programme.

Boosting Green Economy Capacity

To build sector-specific green economy capacity that supports the development of Uruguay’s circular economy, PAGE Uruguay:

  • has delivered training to technicians from the public and private sectors on the analysis and identification of waste recovery opportunities in the context of global value chains, followed by the elaboration of four sectoral studies of international markets for re-purposed materials and value-added waste
  • is building the capacity of trainers in Uruguay on cleaner production practices and labour formalization, work that is complemented by an online course on cleaner production and labour formalization for MSMEs
  • has designed and is leading the implementation of software solutions that can have a transformative role in improving the management and energy efficiency of MSMEs in the country

 

Improving Residential and Industrial Zoning

PAGE Uruguay aims to contribute to the design and implementation of policies to solve problems of coexistence of industrial activities and residential areas.

During 2018, PAGE supported the identification and characterization of a zone that shows tensions between the tannery activities and residential use in the metropolitan area. This is one of the initial steps of the policy design process that is addressing this issue.

How does PAGE's work in Uruguay help meet its objectives?

 

Outcome 1: National policymaking

In December 2018, Uruguay's National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development was approved by the National Environmental Cabinet. This document was elaborated with the collaboration of many members of the PAGE Technical Working Group. The plan will act as a strategic and adaptive instrument to guide policy actions for addressing the country's environmental challenges. It also draws on other policies and thematic or sectoral plans, such as the National Water Plan, the National Climate Change Policy, the Energy Policy 2005-2030, and the Soil Use and Management Plans or the National Biodiversity Strategy.

Also in 2018, PAGE Uruguay has been collaborating in a series of national-level activities that are contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, from the development of models for the green policy impact evaluation to the elaboration of a Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Outcome 2: Sectoral Reform

Uruguay has embraced the concept of circular economy, given its potential to generate new businesses and jobs in an environmentally-conscious way. To contribute to its development, PAGE is engaged at various levels, including the facilitation of circular economy mainstreaming into the overarching programme Transforma Uruguay, which is focused on promoting a productive transformation of the country’s economy with the main goal of increasing competitiveness, as well as engagement with the project BioValor, which is a key promoter of the circular economy at the national level. PAGE has also supported the analysis of global value chains and waste valorization.

Also in 2018, PAGE has been actively involved in the promotion of the greening of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by supporting the process of elaboration of a software solution to improve their energy efficiency.

PAGE has also been contributing towards the design and implementation of policies to solve problems of coexistence of industrial activities and residential areas as well as supporting the elaboration of a Strategic Environmental Assessment for the forest-wood-cellulose chain and an analysis of the incorporation of climate change considerations in the scenarios of the National Development Strategy Uruguay 2050.

In addition, PAGE has initiated inter-ministerial collaboration for the development of policies to promote green jobs for vulnerable populations, which includes the identification and characterization of "brown" productive activities with a strong link between poverty and environment. In particular PAGE supported the initial characterization of poaching and brick-making activities.

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

In April 2018, PAGE held a workshop to identify capacity-building needs on green and inclusive economy. More than 50 participants from national and local governments, private sector and civil society gathered to discuss in more detail the knowledge and skills needed to continue progressing towards a green economy.

PAGE has agreed to institutionalize green economy training into the curricula of the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training, which has a reach of over 100,000 individuals, including labour unions and civil servants.

Also in 2018, PAGE has been preparing a training activity for specialized professionals from the public and private sectors involved in the Strategic Environmental Assessment, to be held in 2019. A workshop on economic modelling and analysis is also being organised for the same period.

PAGE has been working with the University of Montevideo and the Centro de Producción Más Limpia on a training of trainers programme on cleaner production practices and labour formalization. The contents of the online course have been elaborated and will be delivered for the first time during the first half of 2019.

PAGE Uruguay has also been collaborating and sharing experiences with the new PAGE programme in Argentina.

 

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing 

PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.

For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.

SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles

PAGE’s work in Uruguay is contributing to SDGs 8, 12, 13 and 17 aiming to ensure that green economy and circular economy at the forefront of development planning. PAGE does this through support for mainstreaming circular economy into national plans and policies, greening of the activities of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises, promoting green industry and providing knowledge and skills development on IGE.

Uruguay is working towards SDGs 8,12,13 and 17