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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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Developing policy coherence frameworks for a sustainable use of ocean resources

The expectation that ocean’s economy could double in size by 2030 could pose both pressures for ocean health and human well-being as well as significant contributions to achieving the SDGs, depending on how critical trade-offs will be managed. This chapter intends to inform policy-makers on how Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) offers a set of governance mechanisms, processes and tools that help governments in integrating sustainability in the management and use of the ocean, seas and marine resources. It provides an inventory of concrete policy instruments and tools that countries applied to strengthen coherence and integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in decision making for ocean-related sectors across levels of government.

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