Policy coherence for sustainable development

HLPF Side Event 2020


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An Interregional Dialogue:

Governance and policy coherence for accelerating action on the SDGs in the post-COVID-19 era


Wednesday 15 July, 8-9 am EST

Co-hosted by the Governments of Romania and Mongolia in partnership with the OECD and IGES


Watch the webcast 

 Annotated Agenda (pdf)


The COVID-19 pandemic is a multidimensional crisis that demands strengthening governance and formulating coherent policies to accelerate progress on the SDGs. The one-hour side event will invite representatives from Romania, Mongolia, Egypt, Malta and Italy as well as experts from OECD, IGES, APRM, ESDN, and WBCSD who will have a frank dialogue on the role of governance and policy coherence for achieving the SDGs in the COVID-19 era, with a view to:

  • Identify concrete policy coherence actions at the domestic and international levels required to ensure a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, while contributing to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.
  • Share and learn from challenges and successes in country support provided by international organisations (OECD and others) for maximising synergies and minimising trade-offs across policy domains in addressing the pandemic and implementing the SDGs. 



Welcoming remarks 

Moderator: Eric Zusman, Research Director, Center for Sustainability Governance Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)


Interactive dialogues

Capacities for policy coherence and governance for SDGs and COVID recovery
Romania: László Borbély, State Counsellor, National SDG Coordinator Government of Romania
OECD: Ernesto Soria Morales, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, OECD 

Tools for strengthening governance and policy coherence for SDGs
Mongolia: Mr. Bayarsaikhan Banzragch, Chairman of the National Development Agency of Mongolia
IGES: Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Strategies and plans for sustainable development
Malta: George Said, Director, Department for Sustainable Development, Office of the Prime Minister
ESDN: Annika Lindblom, President, European Sustainable Development Network

Transparency and accountability for sustainable development
Egypt: Ahmed Kamaly, Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform for Planning Affairs
APRM: Eddie Maloka, CEO, African Peer Review Mechanism

Learning lessons and good practices on governance and policy coherence for SDGs
Canada: Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of Canada
Italy: Mara Cossu, Directorate General for Sustainable growth and development quality of the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection

Governance beyond government-partnership
WBCSD: Filippo Veglio, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
ARROW Bindu Bhandari, Asian-pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women



The moderator will take questions from participants (including through the Zoom chat panel) and ask panellists to respond. 

 9.00 Closing remarks by Tatyana Teplova, Head of Division, Policy Coherence for SDGs, OECD







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