Policy coherence for sustainable development

15th Meeting of the National Focal Points for Policy Coherence


Peer Learning in Enhancing Policy Coherence for SDG implementation

14 November, CC 18, OECD Headquarters, Paris


Meeting summary     Annotated draft agenda     Background information    Presentations 



8:45 Registration and coffee
9:00 Welcome and adoption of the agenda by Ebba Dohlman, Head of the OECD PCSD Unit and moderator of the meeting   

Introductory remarks by Marcos Bonturi, Director, Public Governance Directorate    


9:15-11:15 Session 1. Building capacities for enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development

Enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) has emerged as one of the most difficult challenges to implementing the SDGs according to the Voluntary National Reviews presented so far to the UN High Level Political Forum. There is growing demand therefore for peer learning opportunities as well as for tools and guidance that can be tailored to specific national needs and contexts. Building on the successful PCSD Learning Session  organised on 11 July in the context of the 2018 HLPF by the OECD in collaboration with the PCSD Partnership and UNITAR, the objectives of this session are to share country experiences and lessons learned in applying tools that can foster coherent implementation of the SDGs; and to discuss ways to adapt tools and guidance to better respond to needs.  The outcomes of this session will also feed into the Online Training on PCSD Tools currently being developed by the PCSD Partnership.

a) Country experiences in applying tools for coherent SDG implementation
b) Panel of PCSD Partners responding to demand for tools
c) Tour de Table based on issues for discussions
d) Update on the PCSD Partnership by Carina Lindberg, Policy Analyst, OECD PCSD Unit


11:15-11:30 Coffee break


11:30-13:00 Session 2. Advancing work to track progress on PCSD and measure transboundary policy impacts

Tracking progress on PCSD requires consideration of at least three inter-related elements of the policy making process: institutional mechanisms; policy interactions; and policy effects. New methodologies as well as indicators are needed to: (i) assess the extent to which institutional arrangements are facilitating improvements in policy coherence; (ii) illustrate for policy-makers and stakeholders the linkages and trade-offs between economic, social and environmental values; (iii) assess longer term implications of current decisions and behaviours, and (iv) take into account the economic, environmental and social externalities imposed beyond national borders. Building on the discussions at the last Focal Points meeting in May, the objective of this session is to advance on the methodologies being considered at the OECD and elsewhere to assess progress in institutional mechanisms for PCSD as well as to measure transboundary policy effects. 

a) Measuring transboundary effects within the SDGs, presentation by Michal Shinwell, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate
b) Developing process indicators for PCSD institutional mechanisms, presentation on follow-up to the 2018 Survey and next steps by Ernesto Soria Morales, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD PCSD Unit
c) Country experiences in measuring transboundary effects of policies
d) Tour de Table based on issues for discussions


13:00-14:15 Lunch break


14:15-15:30 Session 3. Towards a methodology for measuring SDG 17.14.1

SDG target 17.14 calls on all countries to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development. Progress on this target at the global level will be assessed against TIER III indicator 17.14.1 “Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development”. UN Environment, the custodian agency for indicator 17.14.1, is currently leading an international experts group to develop a methodology for monitoring progress on SDG 17.14.1. Building on the discussions at the last Focal Points meeting and progress made to date on the methodology, the objectives of this session are to discuss with the UN Environment and a wide range of stakeholders on how best to advance on developing a methodology for the global indicator 17.14.1; and consider how the OECD work and its Members’ experiences with SDG 17.14 can best inform and support the work underway by UN Environment.


Developing a methodology for the SDG global indicator 17.14.1, Lowri Angharad Rees, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment

b) Tour de Table based on issues for discussions


15:30-17:00 Session 4. Updating the 2010 Council recommendation on PCD

It was agreed to update the 2010 Recommendation of the Council on Promoting Good Institutional Practices for Policy Coherence for Development [C(2010)41] in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specific target SDG 17.14 on PCSD as a means of implementation that applies to all SDGs, and in the context of the OECD-wide standard setting review [DCD/DAC(2017)8/FINAL]. A draft concept note has been prepared for discussion in the DAC on 25 October, the Public Governance Committee on 13 November, and Informal Network of National Focal Points for Policy Coherence on 14 November. The note builds on the experience and lessons learned from OECD countries over the past 10 years in promoting PCD. The purpose of this session is to discuss the scope and content of the draft note circulated for the meeting and to consider ways to ensure maximum impact.


Rationale, context and objectives of an updated Recommendation

b) Tour de Table based on issues for discussions


17:00-17:40 Session 5. Dialogue on other SDG-related initiatives

Global Hub on the Governance of the SDGs

The OECD is developing a Global Hub for the Governance of the SDGs in partnership with the UN System and national governments to be launched at the HLPF 2019.  The Hub will help countries bring together expertise and mobilise much-needed support that will help put into practice the SDGs by strengthening public governance practices for effective SDG implementation. The Hub will be based on a number of specific pillars such as policy coherence for sustainable development, budget processes and aligning resources, regulatory framework, gender equality, integrity and fighting corruption, as well as open government including open data. The Global Hub will facilitate targeted assistance in developing and developed countries worldwide in these critical governance areas.

17:45 Wrap-up and close of meeting



By the OECD:

By UN Environment:

This is an early draft of the global methodological framework being considered for Indicator 17.14.1 of the SDGs by UN Environment, that is mandated as Custodian Agency for the indicator. It is being developed through ongoing consultations with an International Expert Group, and will be refined over the coming months in consultation with relevant actors.




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