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Governance as an SDG Accelerator

Country Experiences and Tools

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Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a formidable governance challenge for countries at all levels of development. It requires governments to co-ordinate, consult and work across policy areas – as well as with the businesses sector and civil society – in an unprecedented way. This report provides evidence from OECD countries and partner economies on how public governance practices can be strengthened to help implement the SDGs. It looks at whole-of-government co-ordination, policy coherence and integrity, stakeholder engagement and open government, and the strategic use of budgeting, procurement and regulatory tools. It discusses robust monitoring and evaluation systems for ensuring that public policies and resource allocations for SDG implementation result in meaningful outcomes. It also explores how governance frameworks to support equal access to justice and gender equality can help catalyse implementation across the entire 2030 Agenda.

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Case studies on stakeholder participation and open government

Mechanisms for dialogue and engagement, whereby governments and key stakeholders can come together to identify common challenges, set priorities, contribute to the development of laws and regulations, align policies and actions, and mobilise resources for sustainable development, are essential for coherent implementation of the SDGs. In Finland, operational commitments are among the main tools to foster participation of key stakeholders and create opportunities for organisations and active citizens to pursue the sustainable development goals as a task for society as a whole. Such commitments, notably Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, have provided various actors with an effective and sensible way of participating in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. More than 750 commitments to action promoting sustainable development have been made, encompassing all sectors of society: companies, schools, non-governmental organisations, administration, trade unions, political parties, cities, and even private individuals (OECD, 2017[1]; 2018[2]; PMO Finland, 2017[3]; National Comission on Sustainable Development, 2016[4]).

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