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.


Coherent approaches for empowerment, inclusiveness and equality

This chapter applies a policy coherence for sustainable (PCSD) lens to identify critical interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (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. It draws on recent OECD work to explore each of these five Goals in terms of (i) context and challenges; (ii) critical interactions between the Goals, and the transmission mechanisms through which they operate; and (iii) potential policy and governance responses to ensure coherent implementation. The chapter aims to provide analytical input and inform the thematic review at the HLPF. This work is part of the OECD Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls on the OECD to contribute to policy analysis, guidance and tools to support countries’ efforts to implement the SDGs.


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