Publications Offer Recommendations for Policy Coherence
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The OECD publication, titled 'Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity,' suggests pursuing eight building blocks for enhancing policy coherence.

The ECDPM report, titled 'Policy Coherence and the 2030 Agenda: Building on the PCD Experience,' highlights that policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) is more complex than PCD.

July 2017: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (EDCPM) have recently published reports on policy coherence for sustainable development, with discussions about the publications taking place during side events for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The HLPF is reviewing the implementation of seven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 17 on partnerships for the goals.

The OECD publication, titled ‘Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity,’ highlights that SDG target 17.14 calls for enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development, and indicates that policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) requires institutional mechanisms for coherence, policy interactions and policy effects. It suggests pursuing eight building blocks for enhancing policy coherence: political commitment and leadership; integrated approaches to implementation; an inter-generational time frame; analyses and assessments of potential policy effects; policy and institutional coordination; local and regional involvement; stakeholder participation; and monitoring and reporting. [Publication: Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity]

Developing an approach to PCSD is at the “heart of tackling the major integrated policy challenge posed by the 2030 Agenda.”

The ECDPM report, titled ‘Policy Coherence and the 2030 Agenda: Building on the PCD Experience,’ highlights that policy coherence for sustainable development is more complex than PCD. It indicates that developing an approach to PCSD is at the “heart of tackling the major integrated policy challenge posed by the 2030 Agenda.” It recommends recognizing that both PCD and PCSD matter, establishing sector champions to promote PCSD, “making PCSD your own,” and building a PCSD system. Regarding the latter, the publication finds that the identification of a framework, mechanisms, knowledge systems and accountability mechanisms are important features. [Publication: Policy Coherence and the 2030 Agenda: Building on the PCD Experience]


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