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Policy coherence for sustainable development

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Thursday 19 March 2020 │ 8:30-9:45 │ Virtual Meeting (Webinar)

Agenda


8:30 Opening and Welcoming Remarks


Mr. László Borbély State Counselor, National SDG Coordinator Government of Romania


08:35 Setting the context


Building policy coherence solutions for accelerating progress on SDGs. What needs do countries have? How
can the OECD-UNDP Global Hub help?
‒ Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, OECD Public Governance Directorate


08:50 Panel: Integrated implementation of the SDGs: What are the challenges and what lessons have countries
learned about promoting policy coherence?


Panelists
‒ Mr. László Borbély, State Counselor, National SDG Coordinator Government of Romania
‒ Ms. Mia Crawford, Deputy Director & Coordinator 2030 Agenda Department of Global Agenda, Swedish
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
‒ Ms. Erika Bernhard, Vice Director, Department of Development Cooperation in the EU and the UN,
Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austria
‒ Mr. George Said, Sustainable Development Directorate, Office of the Prime Minister of Malta
Moderated by the OECD

Questions for discussion
• What are the key coherence challenges to implementing the SDGs (political will, information and data gaps,
lack of capacity for addressing synergies and trade-offs, integrated approaches, transboundary or
intergenerational impacts)?
• What tools or types of support have been useful in addressing these challenges?
• What are the gaps in tools or capacities? What additional tools or support would be useful?


09:30 Q&A


09:40 Wrap-up by moderator


Where do we go from here?


09:45 End of the event


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Participate in our survey


This survey is designed to identify the areas where expert support could be most effective to tackle key governance and
leadership challenges in support of the SDGs. The consultation results will provide input to a needs assessment that will
help to shape the Global Hub on the Governance for the SDGs. Have your say on our electronic survey


Purpose


The event will convene a panel from representatives and experts from the region to identify experiences and needs to
enhancing policy coherence for accelerating progress on SDGs. Panellist and participants in an interactive session will:
• Discuss common governance challenges involved in national implementation of SDGs, including obstacles to
integrated policies for sustainable development;
• Learn from country experiences and practices, including capacity-building needs, to address critical interactions
among goals and ensure policy and institutional coherence in SDG implementation.
• Discuss the needs that countries in the region are facing, as well as on how governance and policy coherence
challenges can be addressed, and how opportunities for sharing knowledge and experience can be leveraged to
accelerate progress on the SDGs, including through platforms such as the OECD-UNDP Global Hub on the
Governance for the SDGs


Background

At the 2019 SDG Summit, world leaders expressed concerns that progress on SDGs is slowing in many areas, including
in eradicating poverty and inequalities, addressing climate change and decoupling economic growth from environmental
degradation. The political declaration adopted by leaders during the HLPF 2019 has emphasised the need to “equip
domestic institutions to better address interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs between Goals and targets through a wholeof-government approach … and ensure policy coherence for sustainable development” as a means to accelerate action
and progress.

Countries have started to integrate the SDGs into national plans and strategies, and many have set up dedicated
institutional structures and governance mechanisms for coordinating implementation. However, adressing synergies and
trade-offs between economic, social and environmental policy objectives, while avoiding negative effects of policies still is a major challenge for most countries worldwide. The first four years of SDG implementation have revealed that policymakers are struggling to manage and leverage linkages among goals and to operationalise an integrated and coherent
implementation of the SDGs with the involvement of all key stakeholders.

What governance mechanisms can be used to balance competing sectoral priorities, minimise trade-offs and facilitate
synergies? How to ensure that the needs of future generations are considered systematically in policy-making? How to
maintain political commitment beyond electoral cycles? How can countries in the pursuit of the well-being of their citizens
avoid negative effects on other countries and on future generations? These are some of the difficult questions that policymakers are facing.

Against this background, the OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD),
provides a comprehensive standard to help countries equip policy-makers and key stakeholders with the necessary
institutional mechanisms and policy tools to enhance PCSD and accelerate progress o SDGs. To translate policy
coherence principles into concrete action at different levels, the OECD-UNDP Global Hub on the Governance for the
SDGs aims to help countries build governance capabilities and leadership in support of SDG.

 

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