Policy coherence for sustainable development

PCD in a Post-2015 Era


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Policy Coherence for Development in a post-2015 Era:

 How can PCD help advance universal goals and contribute to transformational change?

 MARCH 4-5, 2014 │ OECD Conference Centre, CC 15 │ Paris



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A two-day event where key thinkers and actors will meet at the OECD to explore the role that policy coherence for development (PCD) can play in a changing global context of shifting wealth and poverty, new sources of growth, changing demographic patterns, and growing pressure on natural resources. It will also consider how PCD can support the current MDGs and any subsequent global goals in the post-2015 agenda.

The what?

Session 1 (4 March 2014), will look at emerging megatrends in social and economic geography around the world and their implications for global development dynamics and our PCD approaches. It will also identify the nature and scope of the key issues that need to be considered in a renewed Global Partnership for the post-2015 development agenda (see annotation).

The who?

Session 2 (5 March 2014), will discuss how governance processes are evolving to recognise and respond to such trends in a coherent and integrated manner (see annotation).

The how?

Session 3 (5 March 2014), will explore approaches and indicators for measuring policy coherence for development that can attract and maintain public attention and motivate governments and stakeholders to take action (see annotation).



Tuesday 4 March

15.00-18.00 Session 1 : Global trends shaping emerging policy coherence challenges in a post-2015 world

  • Opening remarks: Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General.
  • Key note address: Hans Rosling, Founder of Gapminder.
  • Moderator: Simon Upton, Director, OECD Environment Directorate.
  • Panellists: Diana Alarcón, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy and Analysis Division, UNDESA; Carl Dahlman, Head of Global Perspectives Division, OECD Development Centre; and Betty Maina, CEO, Kenya Manufacturers’ Association, Kenya.

Wednesday 5 March

09.00-11.00 Session 2: Governance processes for managing policy coherence for development beyond 2015

  • Moderator: Erik Solheim, Chair of the Development Assistance Committee.
  • Panellists: Daniel Schraad-Tischler, Senior Project Manager, Program Shaping Sustainable Economies, Bertelsmann Foundation; Serge Tomasi, Deputy Director, Development Co-operation Directorate; and Ye Jiang, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.
  • Lead discussant: Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development.
  • Brief report: Hanna Rinkineva, Deputy Director, General Development Policy and  Planning, MFA, Finland, on applying the PCD Toolkit to food security.

11.15-12.45 Session 3: Goals, targets and indicators to inform coherent and integrated policy making

  • Moderator: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD.
  • Panellists: Hans Rosling, Founder of Gapminder; Morgane Danielou, International Fertiliser Industry Association, Vice-Chair of the BIAC Food and Agriculture Committee; Petra Krylova, Centre for Global Development; and Jamie Drummond, Executive Director, ONE.

12.45-13.00 Conclusions and next steps

  • Closing Remarks: Rintaro Tamaki, OECD Deputy Secretary-General.



Photos for speakers in Focal Points meeting


Tuesday 4 March


In a polycentric global economy, emerging policy coherence challenges are shaped by a number of potent forces, such as: accelerated globalisation; increasing interconnectedness of countries and people through mobile communications; multi-country value chains; the virtual economy; and the rapid transmission of news, views and ideas. Other important trends include: shifting wealth and growing middle classes in developing countries; changes in food consumption patterns; greater inequality within countries; diverse population dynamics; urbanisation; natural resource demand and discovery, including oil and gas reserves in many more developing countries; climate change and disruptive weather events; and the impact of huge increases in computing power on science and technology, business models and individual lives.

These trends generate a new set of challenges and opportunities for development with implications for all. At the same time the nexus of macroeconomic, financial and monetary policies and associated spill overs generates a complex environment for investment and competitivity, regionally and globally. The multilateral trade system is under pressure from associated tensions and the rise of regional trade agreements. Financial and fiscal integrity are no longer marginal issues but central social, economic and political concerns. These trends call for a broader approach to PCD aiming to create win-win global coalitions and enabling environments for development and sustainable economic transformation.

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss the implications of a changing global landscape on the way we design and implement policies, and to identify key issues that call for priority attention in the post-2015 development agenda. It will also take a closer look at the interconnected roles of public policies and investments and the enterprise sector to bring about the transformations needed for sustainable development, and look at the incentives for companies to ensure that their activities are sustainable in economic, social, environmental and ethical terms.

  • Opening remarks. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General.
  • Setting the scene. Key note address by Hans Rosling, Founder of Gapminder.
  • Questions and answers.

Interactive panel discussion: Moderator: Simon Upton, Director, OECD Environment Directorate.

Wednesday 5 March



Moderator: Erik Solheim, Chair of the Development Assistance Committee

Ongoing changes in the global economic landscape suggest that policy coherence issues will be more complex, requiring convergence between major policy agendas as well as the integrated functioning of the environment and development policy communities. This calls for greater involvement of the Centres of Government (CoG), as providers of the leadership, vision and co-ordination needed to build a common understanding and achieve consensus on an integrated and coherent global development agenda. In the final analysis, it will be a Heads of State function to reach agreement in 2015 on the major new global frameworks for development and climate change and associated financing scenarios. Hence the importance of greater coherence between international processes, such as the MDGs, the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Goals, the post-2015 agenda, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the G20 and the G8.

At the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg in September 2013, Leaders committed to participate actively in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; engage in the discussions on the direction of the new framework, its key principles and ideas; and “ensure that G20 activities beyond 2015 are coherent with the new development framework” (paragraphs 86 and 87 of the G20 Leaders’ Declaration). In the same vein, the process towards the post-2015 development agenda is linked to wider intergovernmental deliberations on sustainable governance and financing.

The recently established UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is providing political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development, and is anticipated to be the body responsible for reviewing progress on the implementation of sustainable development commitments.

11:00-11:15 │ Coffee



Moderator: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD.

Our ability to measure and monitor the existence of coherent or incoherent policies, including the associated benefits and costs, is important for evidence-based decision-making; providing feedback on actions, inaction and impacts; motivating governments and stakeholders to take action; and holding governments and other actors accountable for their policy choices. The High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda notes that the global community requires clear priorities, shared global metrics and national targets around which to organise itself. The Panel also recommends that the agenda includes monitoring and accountability mechanisms involving states, civil society, the private sector, foundations and the international development community. The post-2015 development agenda is expected to become a framework for the international pursuit of focused and coherent action on sustainable development, as well as national priority-setting and mobilisation of resources. It is also expected to contribute to transformational change.

The OECD recognises the important role of mutually supportive policies across a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues as well as the need to increase the impact of policies contributing to the achievement of global development goals. As part of its Strategy on Development, the OECD is currently looking at existing indicators which measure factors that may contribute to (enablers) or hinder (disablers) certain development outcomes. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges offered by this approach, as well as other efforts underway to manage and assess policy coherence at multiple levels of governance.





Opening remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General


Session 1

Priority areas in a universal agenda for sustainable development, Diana Alarcon, UNDESA

Global Trends, Development Dynamics and the Role of the OECD, Carl Dahlman, OECD Development Centre

Talking points, Betty Maina, Kenya Manufacturers' Association, 

Session 2

Sustainable Governance Indicators 2014 and PCD, Daniel Schraad-Tischler, Bertelsmann Foundation

China’s Perspectives on the Post-2015 Agenda, Ye Jiang, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Policy coherence: The key role of the centre of Government, Rolf Alter, Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD

Finland's Food Security pilot: Better coherence and co-operation to enhance global food security, Hanna Rinkineva, MFA Finland

Session 3

Introductory remarks to Session 3 by the Deputy Secretary-General, Rintaro Tamaki

Role of Business Groups in Policy Coherence Action Agenda : Lessons from Public-Private Dialogue in Developing Countries, Morgane Danielou, International Fertilizer Industry Association

10 years of “Ranking the Rich” Commitment to Development Index, Petra Krylova, Centre for Global Development


Closing remarks by the Deputy Secretary-General, Rintaro Tamaki



Policy coherence for inclusive and sustainable development (OECD, 2013).

A strong voice for global sustainable development: How China can play a leading role in the post-2015 agenda (German Development Institute, 2014).

List of contact points for the Centres of Government network.


Header for Focal Points meeting on 4-5 March 2014






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