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.


The institutionalisation of policy coherence: An overview of challenges and trends

Experience shows that the ability of a government to consistently produce effective, efficient, sustainable and coherent policies is dependent on the mechanisms, tools and processes used to manage and co-ordinate policy design and implementation. While there is no one-size-fits-all, this chapter highlights eight key mechanisms (principles) for policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) and explores how each of these generates policy change in favour of sustainable development – including in a complex global reality. The analysis, which is based primarily on the results of the OECD 2022 Survey on Institutional Capacities and Tools to enhance Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, highlights the main trends, opportunities and challenges faced by 25 countries in enhancing PCSD.


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