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.



The 2030 Agenda is a universal plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for coordinated action and policies at all levels of government – local, national and global. It requires identifying and managing trade-offs, as well as seeking out and optimising synergies.


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