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Driving Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

Accelerating Progress on the SDGs

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This report highlights countries’ practices in implementing the OECD Council Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD). It illustrates how governments can use institutional mechanisms for PCSD to address complex international problems together – including implementing the 2030 Agenda – and explores how policy coherence principles can be applied to promote whole-of-government approaches to policymaking. The report also applies a PCSD lens to the ocean – one of Earth’s largest global public commons and an obvious cross-border policy challenge. A growing number of countries are developing ocean economy strategies to connect sectoral policy silos, manage ocean resources and regulate ocean activities in a way that supports sustainable development that leaves no one behind.

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Country examples of management tools and governance instruments for policy coherence in the Ocean economy

Baltic Region- HELCOM’s policy platform uses MSP to allow for an ecosystem-based approach and a planning tool, similar to Symphony, for a holistic assessment of human activities and its cumulative impact in the Baltic Sea region. The process is to avoid high cumulative environmental impacts in sensitive areas and compare different planning alternatives, to communicate with stakeholders, and to evaluate MSPs (BSAP, n.d.[1]). This intergovernmental policy platform is an example of an effort to connect sectoral policy silos for a sustainable management of the sea basin. HELCOM BSAP in line with PCSD framework, shows vision and leadership on the highest level and policy interactions through regional stakeholder consultation processes. The North Sea and Baltic Sea joint project “Emerging Ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial planning Topics in the North and Baltic Sea Region” (eMSP NBSR) will enhance learning from the implementation of these processes.

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