In recent years, Uruguay 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, and the National Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development.
When Uruguay joined PAGE in 2017, work initially focused on strengthening the capacity of policymakers to assess environmental policies and use macroeconomic models, enhancing public-private collaboration, and broadening engagement and awareness on Inclusive Green Economy. The country has more recently focused attention on the concept of circular economy, given its potential to generate new businesses and green jobs. In line with these objectives, PAGE has contributed at the aggregate level to the design of national green economy policies, including the national development plan and national plans for circular economy, employment and waste management.
Following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, PAGE is also implementing targeted support for green recovery efforts, focusing on the circular economy, the generation of green employment and support to SMEs, particularly in the food sector.
Uruguay promotes green recovery of the food and food services sectors through a better enabling environment for sustainable consumption and production in food system SMEs. […]
Supporting a Green Recovery of the Food and Food Services Sectors
Uruguay promotes green recovery of the food and food services sectors through a better enabling environment for sustainable consumption and production in food system SMEs.
- Identification of market opportunities and barriers to recovery with a focus on education gaps and green employment generation in the food sectors;
- An action plan and circular economy strategy to promote sustainable growth of the food sectors;
- Digitalization of business processes of SMEs in the food industry; and
- Knowledge-sharing and training events on green chemistry and biotechnology in the food system.
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.