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Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2019

Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality

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SDG target 17.14 calls on all countries to “enhance policy coherence for sustainable development” as a key means of implementation. According to countries’ Voluntary National Reviews, this presents a major challenge. It requires meaningful collaboration and co-ordinated action across both policy sectors and different levels of government. It also requires balancing short-term priorities with long-term sustainability objectives and taking into account the impact of domestic policies on global well-being outcomes.

The 2019 edition of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development looks at countries’ efforts to meet this challenge and identifies opportunities for accelerating progress. The third in a series, it shows how integrated and coherent policies, supported by strong institutional and governance mechanisms, can contribute to empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

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Tracking progress in policy coherence for sustainable development

Target 17.14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls on all countries to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD). The purpose of this chapter is to support government efforts to monitor this target at the national level, as well as to contribute to the development of the global methodology for indicator 17.14.1: ‘Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development’. With a focus on the SDGs to be reviewed by the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2019 – Goal 4 on quality education, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 13 on climate action, and 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions – the chapter explores possible indicators that can be used to capture one of three key elements of PCSD (i) institutional mechanisms; (ii) policy interactions; and (iii) policy effects.

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