Policy coherence for sustainable development

18th Meeting of the informal network of National Focal Points for Policy Coherence


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Making policy coherence happen


From principles to action


4 December 2019, 10:00-18:00 hrs, OECD, Conference Centre CC9


Annotated draft agenda     Summary



10:00-10:30 Opening Welcome Remarks

- Mr. Marcos Bonturi, Director, Directorate for Public Governance, OECD (tbc)

10:30-11:00 Session 1. Update on the OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

Chair: Sara Fyson, Head of Sustainable Development and Policy Coherence, OECD

The OECD Recommendation on PCSD aims to provide a comprehensive standard to assist governments at all levels to equip policymakers with essential mechanisms and policy tools to support and promote coherent policies for sustainable development. This session will explore how the PCSD Recommendation can be implemented at the national level, focusing on country-level needs and challenges, and how progress can be monitored. The session will also provide an opportunity for national focal points, in a tour the table, to share experiences and highlight new developments in their efforts to enhance PCSD. It will also provide a good opportunity to identify priorities for implementation and explore ways in which the OECD can support country efforts.

Introductory presentation:
- “The OECD Comprehensive Standard on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development”, by Ernesto Soria Morales, OECD


- Mia Crawford, Deputy Director and Coordinator 2030 Agenda Department of Global Agenda, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Mikael Långström, Deputy Director, Unit for Sustainable Development and Climate Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
Katja Weigelt, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

Discussant from OECD:
- Adam Ostry, Public Governance Directorate

11:00 - 13:00 Tour de Table

Questions for discussion:

- How do countries plan to use the PCSD Recommendation?

- How can the OECD best support countries in implementing the PCSD Recommendation?

- What role can other key actors, such as the EU, play in supporting the implementation of the PCSD Recommendation?

- How to monitor progress?

Background documents:

● Final Draft Recommendation on PCSD 

 Public consultation on the draft OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development - Feedback Report, July 2019. 

● Publication: OECD (2019), Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2019: Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality, OECD Publishing, Paris,

● Policy Framework on Sound Public Governance - Highlights Preliminary Version

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 16:00 Session 2. How to move from principles to action?

Chair: Sara Fyson, OECD

OECD experience on promoting policy coherence shows that there is no single blueprint. Each country must determine its institutional mechanisms and processes in accordance with its national circumstances. Nevertheless, there are common principles for PCSD which apply to countries governments from different political and administrative traditions, and through the mutual exchange of experiences and discussions on what works and what does not, countries can identify solutions to effectively enhance PCSD. This session will discuss country-level experiences and good examples of policy coherence for SDG implementation at the subnational, national and international levels. It will provide the basis for developing concrete, measurable and achievable guidance which will accompany the Recommendation to support countries in implementation.

Introductory presentation:

- “Outline of the Guidance Note to support the implementation of the OECD Recommendation on PCSD”, by Apollonia Miola, OECD

Discussions will be organised according to the three pillars of the PCSD Recommendation:

Kick-off Speakers: (tbc)

- Brenda Pequeño Vargas, Minister Counsellor, Mexican Delegation to the OECD; “Aligning budgets with the SDGs: the case of Mexico”

Juancho Izuzquiza Rueda, Adviser, Directorate of Sustainable Development Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spain

Discussants from OECD:

- Jens Sedemund, Development Co-operation Directorate
- Stefano Marta, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
- Fabrice Murtin, Statistics and Data Directorate

Questions for discussion:

- What country practices could be identified as good examples of implementing the PCSD Recommendation and be included in the accompanying guidance note?

- How can the guidance in the draft Recommendation be tailored to support countries’ efforts more effectively? What complementary tools would be needed?

- How might OECD available tools best support country efforts in applying, monitoring and assessing policy coherence for sustainable development?

Background documents:

» Outline of the Guidance that will support the implementation of the PCSD Recommendation

» A territorial approach to the SDGs

» OECD (2019), Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets 2019: An Assessment of Where OECD Countries Stand, OECD Publishing, Paris, 

16:00 – 17:30 Session 3. Targeting country level work

Chair: Sara Fyson, OECD

This session will explore existing and new initiatives, which can help mobilise OECD expertise to support countries in enhancing policy coherence in the implementation of the SDGs. It will highlight examples of how the principles of the PCSD Recommendation are applied in existing OECD initiatives supporting countries in strengthening their institutional frameworks for SDG implementation.


● László Borbély, State Counselor, National SDG Coordinator, Government of Romania.

● Jan Mareš, Head of Sustainable Development Unit, Ministry of the Environment, Czech Republic.

● Tatyana Teplova, OECD Public Governance Directorate. “The OECD-UNDP Global Hub on the Governance for the SDGs as a platform to operationalise  the PCSD Recommendation”.  

Questions for discussion:

- How can the OECD in collaboration with the UN system, better support international efforts for enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development?

- How can the Global Hub be effectively used to support countries in strengthening their governance capabilities to enhance coherence in SDG implementation?

- How your country could benefit from OECD in-country support based on PCSD Recommendations?

- What role can the Focal Points play in supporting the implementation of the PCSD Recommendation and assessing progress?

Background documents:

» SDG Hub concept note

» PCSD Online Toolkit:

17:30 – 18:00 Wrap up and next steps

Chair: Sara Fyson, OECD

● Next Focal Points meeting.

● Future role of Focal Points in supporting the implementation of the OECD Recommendation on PCSD.

● Priroties for future PCSD work.




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