Policy coherence for sustainable development

SDGs Learning, Training and Practice 2018


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Wednesday 11 July, 3-6 pm, Conference Room 5, UN Headquarters, New York ‌‌‌‌


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The PCSD Partnership (#SDGAction12066) in collaboration with the OECD will host an interactive session bringing together representatives from governments, civil society and international and research organisations as part of the 2018 HLPF SDGs Learning, Training & Practice organised by UNDESA and UNITAR (9-13 July 2018). 


This session will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn from country experiences and practices, including capacity building needs, to address critical interactions among goals and ensure policy and institutional coherence in SDG implementation. 
  • Learn from experts and PCSD Partners about tools being developed and piloted to assess SDGs interactions, support integrated planning, and strengthen institutional mechanisms as a basis for policy coherence for sustainable development (SDG 17.14).
  • Identify gaps in tools, methodologies and processes and needs for more in-depth work.

The learning session will start with an interactive panel discussion on the challenges countries face and their need for tools and capacity building. It will followed by three series of short presentations. Experts and PCSD Partners will present available tools, methods and initiatives for: a) analysing interlinkages between SDGs; b) integrating SDGs into national implementation strategies, including strengthening institutional mechanism for PCSD; and c) assessing and tracking progress in policy coherence for SDG implementation. The discussions will address among other issues the critical interactions between the SDGs, particularly interlinkages among the subset of SDGs under 2018 HLPF review:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all;
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns; and
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Participating Partners and presentations 


Expected outcomes

The learning session will serve to identify relevant training material to be considered in an online course module on policy and institutional coherence for sustainable development. The online course module will be developed in consultation with the stakeholders and the HLPF Secretariat.




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