One week left to respond to OECD consultation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

One week left to respond to OECD consultation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

Upon reading the title above, most people's eye would glaze over, so if you are getting this far, then give yourself a pat on the back... And read on to find out why responding to this consultation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development is important... 

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Why enhance policy coherence for sustainable development?

The 2030 Agenda adopted by world leaders in 2015 is an ambitious plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. It envisages a world free of poverty, hunger, and inequality; where good quality education, health care, decent work, clean water and energy, peace and justice are available to all; where every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and barriers to their empowerment have been removed; where economic growth is not at the expense of the environment; and where our planet’s natural resources and climate are protected for future generations.

The 2030 Agenda states that the SDGs are indivisible, and that they balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. To help achieve this balance, the SDGs include SDG Target 17.14, which calls on all countries to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) as an essential means of implementation for all the Goals.

However, enhancing policy coherence is incredibly difficult to do in a systematic way, and there is no official UN guidance on how to enhance policy coherence for the implementation of the SDGs.

To address this gap, the OECD has embarked on an inclusive process to update its 2010 Recommendation on Good Institutional Practices in Promoting Policy coherence for Development as part of its efforts to make its instruments more SDG-relevant.

Building on more than two decades of experience in promoting policy coherence for development, the draft Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development aims to reflect the universal, integrated and transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda. 

The draft Recommendation responds to the growing demand by Members and non-Members to deal with the “how” of coherent SDG implementation and provides guidance that will help equip policy-makers and key stakeholders with the necessary institutional mechanisms and policy tools to enhance PCSD and accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

Why Consult?

Consistent with the universal and inclusive spirit of the 2030 Agenda, the OECD has therefore launched a public consultation to reach government officials, civil society organizations, international organizations and interested citizens and stakeholders from all over the world in order to ensure that the final text of the Recommendation reflects the experience, needs and aspirations of the international community. Through the consultation, the OECD also aims to evaluate the relevance and applicability of the guidance and definitions included in the draft Recommendation.

Check out the OECD website for more info.

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