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Policy coherence for sustainable development

16th Meeting of the National Focal Points for Policy Coherence

 

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20 February 2019, CC 9, OECD Headquarters, Paris

Meeting summary   Annotated draft agenda (PDF)   Presentations

 

PROGRAMME



 9:30             Registration and coffee

10:00           Welcome and introductory remarks  

10:10-13:00 Session 1. Enhancing the quality, relevance and scope of the draft Recommendation of the Council on PCSD


Chair: Sara Fyson, Counsellor, OECD Public Governance Directorate

This session will provide National Focal Points with an opportunity to discuss the revised version of the draft Recommendation of the Council on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development [SG/PCD(2018)2/REV1]. A first draft was discussed by the DAC on 21 January 2019. The draft has been updated as follow up to this discussion and written comments received by Member countries. The outcome of this session will feed into the third draft that will be circulated publicly for consultation at the end of February 2019.

a) Presentation – “Main elements of the draft Recommendation on PCSD”, by GOV Secretariat;

b) Tour de Table

Background documentation:

  • Draft Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development [SG/PCD(2018)2/REV1]
  • Timeline for consultation
  • Draft paper “Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development: Building Blocks and Institutional Practices in 30 OECD countries”

13:00-14:15 Lunch break

14:15-15:45 Session 2. Financial resources for sustainable development


Chair: Sara Fyson, Counsellor, OECD Public Governance Directorate

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and 2030 Agenda call for a holistic approach to guide the efforts of all actors and resources – public, private, domestic, and international – in support of financial resources for sustainable development. The success of these efforts hinges not simply on mobilising or increasing the amount of resources available, but on enhancing the sustainable development impact of existing and future additional resources by using them more effectively and making the most of their interactions. The purpose of this session is to share country experiences on supporting integrated financing strategies for sustainable development, and illustrate with examples the relevance of this new building block in the draft Recommendation on “financial resources for sustainable development”.

a) Presentation – “Strengthening policy coherence in donor countries to financial resources for sustainable development”, by DCD Secretariat;

b) Country experiences in supporting and adopting integrated financing strategies for sustainable development

c) Tour de table based on issues for discussion:

  • What are countries doing to enhance the sustainable development impact of diverse financing sources?  
  • How to break out of silos among actors and SDG/AAAA areas?
  • How can the guidance in the draft Recommendation be tailored to support more effectively country’s efforts? What tools are available?

Background information:

15:45-17:00 Session 3. Leveraging budget processes as a tool of policy integration and coherence


Chair: Ernesto Soria Morales, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD Public Governance Directorate

The budget is the government’s key policy and priority setting document, where annual or multi-annual policy objectives are reconciled and implemented in more concrete terms. It is an integral part of national development strategies. Budgeting decisions affect citizens directly via availability and quality of public services. Adapting budget systems and processes can improve the extent to which resource allocation supports effective policy design and performance in support of national and international SDG agendas, at all levels of government. Policy coherence can inform budgeting decisions and help maximise synergies between different policy goals. The purpose of this session is to share experiences on how some countries are linking budgets with SDG implementation, and illustrate with examples the second building block contained in the draft Recommendation on “ensuring effective policy integration”.

a) Presentation – “Budget processes as a tool for policy coherence in the implementation of the SDGs”, by GOV Secretariat

b) Country experiences in linking budgets with SDGs

c) Tour de table based on issues for discussion:

  • How to link the SDGs to the budget? Which approaches applied in OECD countries are yielding positive results in addressing different SDG areas in the budget in a holistic way?
  • How can the guidance in the draft Recommendation be tailored to support country’s efforts more effectively in leveraging the budget for PCSD? What tools are available?

Background documentation:

17:00-17:45 Session 4. Enhancing policy coherence for achieveing equal access to justice and leaving no one behind

Chair: Carina Lindberg, Policy Analyst, OECD Public Governance Directorate

Access to justice is essential for leaving no one behind – a paramount principle of the 2030 Agenda – and for accelerating progress across the SDGs; it can contribute to ending poverty (SDG 1); gender equality (SDG 5); decent work (SDG 8) and reducing inequalities (SDG 10), amongst others. Conversely, unequal access to justice may perpetuate existing inequalities in fundamental areas for the SDGs, including educational attainment, health conditions and employment opportunities. Unequal access to justice has a disproportionate impact on low-income and other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Effective access to legal and justice services can contribute to achieve multiple policy outcomes that go beyond the justice sector when they are provided in a co-ordinated and coherent manner. The purpose of this session is to share country experiences in fostering access to justice to implement national commitments under the 2030 Agenda and illustrate how policy coherence can contribute to advance towards leaving no one behind, which is a main element of the draft Council Recommendation.

a) Presentation – “Policy coherence for effective access to justice”, by GOV Secretariat

b) Country experiences in enhancing policy coherence for promoting equal access to justice

c) Tour de table based on issues for discussion:

  • How can access to justice be integrated into PCSD efforts as a way to materialise the core principle of “leaving no one behind”? 
  • What are good practices by OECD countries to ensure equal access to justice for all?
  • How can the guidance in the draft Recommendation be tailored to support more effectively country’s efforts? What tools are available?

17:45            Next steps
17:55            Wrap up and close of the meeting

 

PRESENTATIONS



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