Policy coherence for sustainable development

11th Meeting of the National Focal Points for Policy Coherence


"Building policy coherence for sustainable development: Experiences and challenges in SDG implementation"

28 October 2016, Room D (Château), OECD Headquarters, Paris 

(for government officials)

Read the Summary Record.

Background documentation:


9:30 - 10:00 Welcome and introductory remarks

  • PCSD as an action area in the OECD’s Strategic Response to the SDGs - Doug Frantz, OECD Deputy Secretary-General
  • Briefing on the Meeting of the OECD Network of Senior Officials from Centres of Government (CoG) on the Sustainable Development Goals, Stockholm, Sweden (PPT), – Sara Fyson, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate

10:00 - 11:30 Session 1. Challenges in implementing PCSD at national and sub-national level (Tour de Table)

  • What are the main challenges in governance for transitioning to the 2030 Agenda (e.g. political leadership, institutions, domestic-international interface, stakeholders, local links, follow-up mechanisms)?
  • What lessons learned for PCSD are reflected in the National Voluntary Reviews at the HLPF? (The discussion will be based on a note by the Secretariat summarising key elements of PCSD in the national reports.)
  • What are the next steps in national administrations on PCD/PCSD?

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 13:15 Session 2. Enhancing policy and institutional coherence for sustainable development through OECD peer reviews

  • How can SDG target 17.14 on enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development best be addressed in OECD peer reviews?
  • What is the scope for strengthening consideration in the peer reviews of trans-boundary and intergenerational policy effects in addition to the policy interactions?
  • What questions could be added to peer review questionnaires to inform policy making?


Patrick Lenain, OECD Economics Department, on the Economic Surveys in the Economic and Development Review Committee (EDRC)
Ivana Capozza, OECD Environment Directorate, on the Environmental Performance Reviews in the Environmental Policy Committee (EPOC) (PPT)

13:15 - 14:45 Lunch break

14:45 - 16:45 Session 3. Developing national indicators for PCSD

  • Challenges in translating global SDG indicators to the national level and OECD approaches (PPT) – Simon Scott, OECD Statistics Directorate
  • What lessons can we draw from existing national approaches to track progress on PCSD? 
  • How can current approaches proposed for national monitoring of the SDGs be strengthened to cover PCSD? (e.g. Sustainability Monitor, Netherlands; MONET, Switzerland; OECD)
  • What indicator sets could be proposed to track progress on SDG 17.14?

16:45 - 17h00 Closing remarks and next steps

  • The PCSD Partnership and key messages from the first online dialogue
  • Plans leading up to the HLPF 2017
  • Any other business


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