Argentina ha presentado su Estrategia Nacional de Acción para el Empoderamiento Climático, elaborada mediante un amplio proceso participativo con apoyo del programa europeo Euroclima
The National Congress of Argentina has hosted the presentation of the National Action Strategy for Climate Empowerment of Argentina (ENACE Argentina), aimed at promoting citizen participation for climate action. Its elaboration has been coordinated by the Secretariat for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and supported by the European programme Euroclima.
The process of drafting the ENACE Argentina was in itself an exercise in citizen participation, as the text includes more than 3,000 contributions from the public. These contributions have been gathered through multiple participatory instances over two years, including a nationwide public consultation and more than 60 workshops in which more than 3,600 people have participated.
“The ENACE is another milestone in Argentina’s climate policy and an essential contribution to continue building a future with more equality, opportunities and environmental justice,” said Cecilia Nicolini, secretary for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation and technical administrative coordinator of the National Climate Change Cabinet.
“Public policies to combat climate change need the involvement of citizens in order to be truly successful. That is why the Euroclima programme and the FIIAPP are committed to citizen participation and climate empowerment, which are particularly relevant in a country with a long tradition of social movements such as Argentina”, said Elsa Velasco, coordinator of the Euroclima programme.
The ENACE Argentina includes various principles, visions and concepts emerging from the global south. In addition, it specifically calls for action and active citizen participation in defining Argentina’s climate policies, with a focus on present but also future generations.
The strategy is based on seven elements: education, training, culture, social awareness, access to information, citizen participation and international cooperation. These enable the development of climate competences, a key factor in climate change action, as ensured by Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement.
These climate competences are defined as the set of knowledge, skills, practices, motivation, ethical values, attitudes and emotions that enable us to understand the moment of historical crossroads in which humanity finds itself, evaluate the options that exist to face it and act accordingly in an ethical and responsible manner, with the ultimate purpose of moving towards societies that are safe for living beings, resilient and capable of sustaining life as a whole with dignity and rights.
The European Union’s Euroclima programme has supported the promotion of these climate competences through the development of national Climate Empowerment Action Strategies in several Latin American countries, now joined by Argentina.