Better Policies for Development 2015

Policy Coherence and Green Growth

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In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) come to an end, the international community is embarking on a new global framework for sustainable development. The international community, including the OECD and its members, will need to adapt its policy instruments and working methods to successfully achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This report contributes to this process by introducing the concept of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD), along with a proposal for monitoring coherence.

Better Policies for Development 2015 provides an overview of the core actions involved in aligning separate – and sometimes opposing – policy objectives, as well as managing potential trade-offs and synergies between them. In particular, it applies a policy coherence lens to green growth, as one of the priority areas for policy coherence identified in the OECD Strategy on Development.

The report includes numerous contributions from intellectuals, member states and civil society.



Executive summary

The implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda demands policy coherence at multiple levels. This edition of Better Policies for Development puts the spotlight on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and shows that countries need to be able to work across policy domains to respond to the more complex and interrelated challenges addressed by the SDGs. As UN Members have identified an integrated set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the importance of policy coherence for the collective achievement of these goals cannot be emphasised enough. A key lesson from the MDGs was that sustained change cannot be achieved through one-dimensional or single sector goals. A coherent strategy must ensure that the implementation of one goal reinforces (or at least does not undermine) the achievement of other goals.


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