SDG target 17.14 calls on all countries to “enhance policy coherence for sustainable
development” as a key means of implementation. According to countries’ Voluntary National
Reviews, this presents a major challenge. It requires meaningful collaboration and
co-ordinated action across both policy sectors and different levels of government.
It also requires balancing short-term priorities with long-term sustainability objectives
and taking into account the impact of domestic policies on global well-being outcomes.The
2019 edition of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development looks at countries’ efforts
to meet this challenge and identifies opportunities for accelerating progress. The
third in a series, it shows how integrated and coherent policies, supported by strong
institutional and governance mechanisms, can contribute to empowering people and ensuring
inclusiveness and equality.