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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 the effective use of budgeting and public procurement tools

In 2006 the Ministry of the Environment and the three largest municipalities, Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense entered into a Partnership for Green Public Procurement. Since then other municipalities and regions have joined the partnership. It now includes 12 municipalities as well as two regions, a Danish water and wastewater company and the Ministry of the Environment and Food. The Danish municipalities are responsible for the majority – approximately two thirds – of public procurement. The Partnership is based on joint, mandatory procurement objectives and the main stimulus behind it is the potential impact it can have on the market: the more partners involved, the greater the procurement volume and the greater the impact on the market. Using the same green criteria is also designed to make it easier for the market to meet the procurement needs of the contracting bodies. The obligations under the Partnership are:

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