Policy coherence for sustainable development

2018 HLPF Special Event


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Wednesday 11 July, 10-11.30 am, Conference Room E, UN Headquarters, New York

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The 2030 Agenda underlines that the indivisible and integrated nature of the SDGs are of crucial importance in ensuring that the overarching objective of eradicating poverty and putting the world onto a sustainable path is realised. Achieving the SDGs as an indivisible whole and shifting towards sustainable and resilient societies requires applying whole-of-government approaches and enhancing policy and institutional coherence, as called for by SDG Target 17.14. But what does this mean in practice? How can policy coherence for sustainable development help in maximising synergies and addressing trade-offs between highly interconnected SDGs? How can progress be measured?  


Against this background, the special event will convene a panel of representatives from governments, civil society and international and research organisations to:

  • Share country experiences in strengthening institutional mechanisms, policy-making processes, and monitoring and reporting systems to ensure an integrated implementation of the SDGs;
  • Identify challenges and solutions involved in overcoming silo approaches and in addressing and in addressing negative spillover effects of domestic policies.
  • Highlight emerging approaches and methodologies to support countries in tracking progress on PCSD.

Participans will discuss these issues in the context of the special theme for the 2018 HLPF “transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.  The discussions will focus on: 

  • How to capture interlinkages between the SDGs –  particularly those under 2018 HLPF review (SDG 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17)?  
  • What type of actions can generate co-benetifis in achieving SDG 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15? What type of indicators could be used to to monitor trends, changes and performance over time?
  • What institutional mechanisms can help harnessing synergies, managing trade-offs and policy conflicts across sectors and sustainability domains, and addressing the potential transboundary and intergenerational policy effects of domestic and international action? 

Expected outcomes 

The outcome of the discussions will inform the work underway by UN Environment, as a custodian agency, for developing the methodology for the SDG global indicator 17.14.1.

The event also aims to contribute to the High-level Political Forum’s theme by enabling an interactive discussion among key decision makers and experts on how to foster mutually-reinforcing policies to ensure a successful transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.


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