Policy coherence for sustainable development

17th Meeting of the informal network of National Focal Points for Policy Coherence


Draft OECD Recommendation PCSD

Making policy coherence happen


Towards a comprehensive international instrument to guide countries in enhancing
policy coherence for sustainable development


15 July 2019, 14:00-18:00 hrs, UN Headquarters, Conference Room C New York


Annotated draft agenda



14:00-14:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks


- Ms. Satu Santala, Director General, Department for Development Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland 

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

14:15-15:30 Session 1. The draft OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

Chair: Mr. Marcos Bonturi, OECD

In this short introductory session, the OECD will provide the background and rationale for the draft Recommendation on PCSD, indicating how its implementation will contribute to advance the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and support more effective governance for sustainable development.


- Presentation: “The draft Recommendation on PCSD”, by Ms. Sara Fyson, Head of Sustainable Development and Policy Coherence, OECD Public Governance Directorate

- Discussant: Mr. Louis Meuleman, Member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

Tour de table. Kick-off speakers:

-Mr. Federico Buyolo García, Director General, High Commission for the 2030 Agenda, Spain

-Ms. Camila Zepeda Lizama, Director General for Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

-Mr. Philippe Mores, Head Multilateral Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg

-Mr Inge Herman Rydland, Special Envoy – 2030 Agenda, Norway

Background documents:
» Draft Recommendation on PCSD
» Report on the feedback from the public consultation

15:30 - 16:30 Session 2. Implementing the PCSD Recommendation: getting traction at the national level

Chair: Ms. Satu Santala, Finland

The purpose of this session is to discuss good emerging institutional practices and governance mechanisms in promoting policy coherence for SDG implementation, with a view to develop practical guidance and country case study material, which will accompany the Recommendation to support implementation. Speakers and participants will share their specific experiences (challenges and lessons learnt) in enhancing PCSD.


- Mr. Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt, Netherlands SDG Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

- Ms. Doljinsuren Jambal, Director, Development Policy and Planning National Development Agency

- Ms. Junko Ota, Vice-chair of the SDGs Council of Kitakyushu City

- Ms. Tytti Yli-Viikari, Auditor General, Finland

Questions for discussion:

● What obstacles might your country face in implementing the draft Recommendation on PCSD, and how could these obstacles be overcome?

● What effective country practices could be identified as good examples of implementing the draft Recommendation and be included in a future guidance note?

● How can the guidance in the draft Recommendation be tailored to support country’s efforts more effectively? What tools are available to support implementation?

Background documents:

»Outline of the accompanying Practical Guidance Note of the Recommendation on PCSD
»A territorial approach to the SDGs
»Background document by Auditor General Tytti Yli-Viikari

16:30 - 17:30 Session 3: Partnerships for policy coherence

Chair: Mr. Marcos Bonturi, OECD
The purpose of this session is to discuss the complementary roles that diverse stakeholders at the subnational, national and international levels can play in enhancing policy coherence and supporting the implementation of PCSD recommendations.


- Ms. Laurel Patterson, Team Leader, SDG Integrtion, UNDP

- Mr. Yannis Derbali, Associate Expert, UN Environment 

- Ms. Hannah Janetschek, German Council for Sustainable Development 

Mr. Rilli Lappalainen, Director, advocacy and policy Finnish Development NGOs, Fingo

Questions for discussion:

● What institutional setting is needed to mobilise whole-of-government action in support of coherence? How can engagement of key stakeholders at all levels be improved?

● How can countries demonstrate effective progress over time?

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

Background documents:

»SDG Hub Publication / PCSD Publication

»Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets

»Concept note for the development of a global methodology on SDG Indicator 17.14.1

17:30 – 18:00 Wrap up and next steps

Chair: Ms. Sara Fyson, OECD

● Timeline for finalising the Recommendation and Outline of the Guidance.

● Role of the Focal Points in supporting the implementation of the Recommendation.

● Future indicators to monitor progress on the PCSD Recommendation.

● PCSD at the September UNGA.



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