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.



Policy coherence, green growth and sustainable development

Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require building synergies across economic, social and environmental policies, as well as pursuing multiple policy objectives in a coherent manner. Green growth, which pursues environmental goals simultaneously with growth and development, will be a fundamental component of national strategies to achieve the SDGs. This chapter considers relevant lessons learned from the challenges facing countries in the transition to green growth. It first provides a general overview of the core actions and policies involved in aligning economic and environmental objectives and implementing green growth policy frameworks, then considers two priority areas in further detail: (1) aligning policies for the transition to a low carbon economy; and (2) aligning social and labour policies in pursuit of green growth.


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