Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017

Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity

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With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all nations committed to a set of universal, integrated and transformational goals and targets, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Translating the new vision of the SDGs into action is a major challenge. This year, Ministers will gather at the High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations to take stock of progress, with a particular focus on eradicating poverty and enhancing prosperity in a changing world.

Against this backdrop, Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017 seeks to inform policy making by showing how a policy coherence lens can support implementation efforts, drawing on OECD evidence and analysis. It identifies challenges and good institutional practices for enhancing policy coherence in SDG implementation, drawing on the experience of the early implementers of the SDGs.

The report introduces eight building blocks for policy coherence for sustainable development as well as a conceptual “coherence monitor” to track progress on policy coherence. It also includes an analysis of the nine OECD countries’ voluntary national reviews which were presented at the 2016 High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations (Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Korea, Switzerland and Turkey).




Integrated approaches for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity

The 2030 Agenda emphasises that the SDGs are integrated and indivisible and that a new approach is needed to address them effectively. This chapter applies policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) as a lens to identify key inter-linkages between the seven goals to be reviewed by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017 drawing on relevant OECD analysis. The chapter is intended to inform policy-making by illustrating how the implementation of the SDGs could be addressed in an integrated manner, taking into account the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.


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