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Building climate policies under consensus: Argentina´s National Climate Change Cabinet

Case Summary: 

The Argentinean National Climate Change Cabinet (GNCC,
for its Spanish acronym), created by Presidential Decree in 2016, is chaired
and coordinated at a high political level by the head of the ministerial
cabinet, and brings together representatives of approximately 12 ministries and
government secretariats.

The GNCC is structured through periodic meetings of
cross-cutting roundtables. It has established a working structure that is
cross-sectoral and inter-jurisdictional in nature in order to articulate
participatory and synergistic processes between the different areas of the
national government, as well as between the national government, the provinces
and the City of Buenos Aires (i.e. the subnational level). The aim is to
integrate mitigation and adaptation actions into sectoral planning.

Since its creation, the GNCC has become a space for
consensus at the highest political level in terms of climate policies. It has
opened a space for synergies among the sectors, which has resulted in enhanced
understanding and more involvement in climate action. The sectors are more
supportive and committed, evidenced by the participation in meetings and the
collaboration in developing the Sectoral Action Plans that entail mitigation
and adaptation measures. The cabinet provides an institutionalised meeting
space for all sectors and provinces to discuss and commit to climate action.

Argentina´s GNCC qualifies as a good practice
case as it is based on a high-level political buy-in and involves key
ministerial stakeholders, the subnational level (representatives from the 24 provinces),
as well as NGOs, environmental associations, academia, and the public and
private sector, in the process. Through the multi-level governance process,
GNCC secures a holistic implementation of its approach.

Country 
Argentina
Action Area 
Cross-cutting
Planning and Implementation Activity 
Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Barriers overcome 
Institutional
Language 
English