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.


Institutional approaches to policy coherence for sustainable development

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an integrated set represents a major challenge for all governments. Policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) provides a solution to overcoming institutional silos and fragmented action. Experience shows that the ability to implement coherent policies is dependent on the institutional mechanisms used by governments to manage and co-ordinate policy. This chapter highlights institutional mechanisms for enhancing PCSD in light of good emerging practices in eight key areas: 1) Commitment and leadership, 2) Long-term vision, 3) Policy Integration, 4) Coordination, 5) Regional and local involvement, 6) Stakeholder engagement, 7) Policy impacts, and 8) Monitoring and reporting. It provides examples of recent institutional practices in 30 OECD countries, which have presented Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) to the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF).


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