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.



Insights on the transition to a universal development agenda

The scope of the policy coherence agenda has expanded in many ways and concerns all countries regardless of their level of income and development. This chapter considers the ways in which the concept has evolved in light of the post-2015 Development Agenda by tapping into the collective knowledge pool of a number of distinguished thinkers, including Catherine Mann, OECD Chief Economist; Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning; Erik Solheim, Chair of OECD’s Development Assistant Committee (DAC); Jiang Ye of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies; former DAC Chairs James Michel and J. Brian Atwood; and Richard Carey, former Director of OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate.


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