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.



Implementing policy coherence for sustainable development beyond 2015

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) go beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in fundamental ways: they apply to all countries – including OECD members – not only to developing countries, and affect practically all aspects of public policy. Updated tools and approaches to policy coherence will be required to take into account complex cross-sectoral inter-linkages (e.g. water-energy-food nexus); as well as the role of key actors; the enabling conditions; and the effects of policies in achieving the SDGs. The implementation of the post-2015 Development Agenda call for whole-of-government approaches and strengthened institutional coordination and coherence at all levels of policy-making to ensure more integrated policy frameworks for sustainable development. Policy coherence is fundamental to foster synergies between economic, social and environmental policies; deal with trade-offs; and consider trans-boundary and inter-generational impacts on sustainable development. This chapter illustrates how a new analytical framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) can help inform coherent policy-making in the context of the new global development agenda.


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