Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016

A New Framework for Policy Coherence

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This report introduces the Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) - a screening tool that aims to support governments in designing and implementing coherent policies. It explores policy coherence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and suggests options for monitoring and tracking progress in SDG target 17.14, which calls on countries to "enhance policy coherence for sustainable development. The report also includes contributions from member states on their policy mechanisms and institutional arrangements for implementing the SDGs at the national level.

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A new framework for policy coherence for sustainable development

Transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to a universal sustainable development framework calls for updating current approaches to promote policy coherence for development (PCD), and making sure that existing institutional mechanisms are “fit for purpose” for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The “PCSD Framework” introduces the concept of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and provides guidance on how to analyse, apply and track progress on PCSD. It aims to support any government – both from OECD members and partner countries – interested in adapting its institutional mechanisms, processes and practices for policy coherence to implement the SDGs. The PCSD Framework is flexible and adaptable to diverse national and institutional contexts and allows users to develop their own strategy for enhancing policy coherence. It forms part of the OECD’s strategic response to the SDGs.


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