Tigre is said to be the only town in Argentina that has 6 children’s orchestras, made up of more than 350 children from different neighbourhoods.
This Argentinian town’s leadership in promoting community participation, preserving local culture and advancing sustainable tourism are some of its important initiatives to advance the UN’s Ten Principles and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of Human Rights, Anti-Corruption and the Environment at a local level.
“A sustainable town is not only a physical place, but a system where all development challenges meet: health, education, liveability, work and economic growth, benefiting all stakeholders (residents, companies and NGOs)”, explained Tigre’s Mayor Julio Zamora.
Sitting north of Buenos Aires and known for its canals, islands and wetlands that comprise 60% of the area bordering the Paraná Delta, Tigre is once again a popular local tourist destination that prides itself in following the ‘No one is left behind’ SDGs motto.
The municipality’s efforts at improving the quality of life prioritize the most vulnerable, with initiatives to prevent and decrease infant mortality, improve access to people with a disability, provide food programmes and improved health care delivery.
Tigre is one of several Argentinian cities: San Isidro, Rosario Pueblo Esther, The Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur and Santa Fe; and Municipalities of Carnerillo, Quilmes, Yerba Buena and Concepcion who have joined the UN Global Compact to further the 10 United Nations principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption and, more recently, the Sustainable Development Goals.
As a United Nations Global Compact signatory city, Tigre made good use of the Cities Programme’s City Scan framework in shaping their recent Communication on Engagement report to the Global Compact. Their social initiatives were categorised in the City Development groupings (and also aligned with the SDGs). These groupings included: Social Inclusion and Equality; Education; Health and Wellbeing; Social Welfare and Food Security; Housing; Public Transport; Community and Cultural identity; Employment and Public Safety.
Tigre’s beautiful islands and wetlands, so popular with local tourists are also an important habitat for animal and plant life but being just a short distance from one of South America’s largest metropolitan areas means that environmental protection and sustainable development is also high on the list.
Major initiatives in this area include: raising awareness of correct waste disposal to avoid contamination of rivers and coasts, the Tigre Delta Management Plan for the proper management of the wetland system and its ecosystems, monitoring of water quality, adapting the dynamics between tourism and recreational activities with the necessary environmental protection of the island ecosystem and promoting an increase in the levels of awareness and adherence to the secretariat’s environmental programs are among its environmental actions.
Tigre’s municipal government is also committed to providing access to drinking water and sewerage systems for all by 2020, searching for sustainable energy alternatives, delivering workshops and training courses in areas like Entrepreneurship and Anti-Corruption and hosting awareness events like the International Congress for Inclusive Education hosted by Tigre which featured key speakers from the Organisation of American States (OAE), the UN, the World Bank, the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education and experts in the field of inclusive education for people with disabilities.