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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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Implementing the 2030 Agenda nationally

The 2030 Agenda presents national governments with both opportunities and challenges. This chapter provides an overview of 18 countries’ initial efforts to “nationalise” the agenda and adapt it to their own country context and priorities.Countries that have contributed to this overview by responding to six broad questions include: Austria; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Germany; Greece; Italy; Ireland; Japan; Latvia; The Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Slovak Republic; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; and Turkey. It is based on responses to the following six questions:In what way is your country aligning its national strategies to the 2030 Agenda and setting national targets?What steps are being taken to integrate the SDGs into national policy frameworks, break out of policy silos and apply integrated and coherent policy approaches?How is your country updating institutional settings and strengthening co-ordination mechanisms for improved coherence and effective SDG implementation?Is your country applying an intergenerational timeframe when designing policies for the implementation of the SDGs?How are current monitoring mechanisms being aligned with the new agenda in order to track progress in SDG implementation?Are efforts being made to involve multiple stakeholders, e.g. CSOs, NGOs, and the private sector in these processes?

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