Policy coherence for sustainable development

HLPF 2021 Side Event: Getting the SDGs back on track while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic


High-Level Political Forum Side Event

Getting the SDGs back on track while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic:

Building government capacities for addressing transboundary impacts and global challenges


Monday, 12 July 2021 at 8am-10am New York (2pm-4pm Paris)

Draft Annotated Agenda (pdf)



This side event will apply a policy coherence perspective to shed light on critical governance challenges and capacity constraints that governments are facing in ensuring a sustainable recovery. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss policy options for dealing with cross-sectoral interactions and transboundary issues in a way that will help reap the benefits of recovery processes to accelerate action in line with the 2030 Agenda. This event aims to contribute to the High-level Political Forum’s theme by enabling an interactive discussion among key decision makers and stakeholders on country-level experiences and a concrete exchange of ideas and solutions to address the interconnections between the SDGs and engage effectively key actors to accelerate progress and recover from the COVID-19 crisis in a sustainable manner. Public and private actors are engaged in an unprecedented effort to recover from the impacts of COVID 19. In this context, strengthening policy coherence for sustainable development lies at the core of a successful outcome to achieve the future we want while respecting the vision, principles and goals enshrined in the 2030 Agenda.


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Opening session, with welcome remarks by the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition, the European Commission and the OECD


Scene Setting and Presentations, with European Commission - Joint Reseatch Centre and the Sustainable Development Solutions Networks (SDSN)


Moderated Panel: Building government capacities for adressing transboundary impacts and global challenges


  • Government of Italy
  • European Commission - Joint Research Centre
  • Government of Aruba
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • CONCORD - European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs
  • African Peer Review Mechanism - APRM

Q&A abd Interactive Discussion with Participants

Interactive poll / voting on the three key questions to help gather insights

9:55 Wrap up and Closing Remarks



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