On the occasion of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris on 4-5 June 2008, Ministers adopted the OECD Declaration on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD).
Policy coherence for development is considered a key component for promoting development. Aid remains an important driver of poverty reduction, but to accelerate progress governments need to ensure mutually supportive policies on issues that go beyond aid.
The importance of policy coherence has been reinforced by globalisation. Increased interdependence of the world economy necessitates comprehensive and coherent policies between different countries and policy sectors. Many of the issues at the Ministerial meeting - climate change, trade, food prices – were relevant for pursuing more coherent policies. Rising agricultural commodity prices heighten the importance of coherent and sustainable policies. Neglecting the development dimension will, in time, undermine the pursuit of other objectives.
OECD’s work on PCD aims to help decision-makers to be well informed to assess relevant policy options before disbursing public money or adopting policies that may negatively affect developing countries.
Contents of the Declaration: Within the context of global interdependence and in view of contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the Declaration reaffirms the strong commitment to PCD. The Declaration refers to key sectors where PCD should be taken into account, including environment, agriculture, migration, energy and security. It asks OECD to continue to enhance understanding of the development dimensions of diverse policies and to continue to develop improved methods of assessment of results achieved. It pledges for more dialogue with partners, calls for better international co-ordination and underlines the need for awareness raising, and finally, the Declaration affirms the role of PCD as part of aid effectiveness, while reaffirming endorsement of the Paris declaration making also that Declaration an OECD instrument and acquis.