Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The initiative aims to: Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and expertise among governments, international organisations, civil society, think-tanks, the private sector, and other stakeholders on the policy implications of SDG implementation. Help governments and stakeholders to strengthen their capacities for analysing policy coherence challenges, and adapting institutional mechanisms, policy-making processes, and policy coherence monitoring and reporting systems to the needs and vision of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs; and Support national efforts for reporting progress on SDG Target 17.14 to “enhance policy coherence for sustainable development”.

Implementation methodologies

The OECD has been working to develop guidance and tools for enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development, and align policy efforts to the implementation of the SDGs. To ensure that these tools are relevant for diverse country contexts, the OECD will work with partner organisations as well as interested Members and partner countries to test and strengthen these tools. Country studies will be developed to analyse experiences and identify policy and institutional practices in integrating SDGs at the national level. Country studies will provide an overview of the challenges in strengthening or adapting institutional mechanism for coordinating national efforts, improving monitoring systems, and improving policy-making processes for SDG implementation. Policy dialogue among governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector and other key stakeholders will ensure knowledge-sharing opportunities and feedback loops. Methodologies will also be developed to help stakeholders identify sectoral inter-linkages and their implications across economic, social and environmental areas, in implementing the SDGs. Tailored guidance and training will be developed on a demand-driven basis for policy-makers to strengthen institutional mechanisms for policy coherence. Evidence-based analysis drawing on the multidisciplinary expertise of the OECD and partner organisations will be developed to help stakeholders and decision-makers to consider more systematically the effects of policies on the well-being of people and sustainable development (here and now, elsewhere, and tomorrow).

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Practical training workshops and guidance on how to apply PCSD tools (including mapping of policy interactions, strengthening of institutional mechanisms and policy processes, and identification of national indicators for tracking progress on PCSD) will be provided to countries on a demand-driven basis.More dedicated capacity building to enhance PCSD can be provided by any partners on a case by case basis depending on resources.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

A Steering Group will be established to coordinate and guide the work of the PCSD Partnership. The OECD-PCD Unit will host meetings and provide organisational and substantial support for the PCSD Partnership. The OECD-PCD Unit will work with partner organisations/think-tanks to develop analytical work, country case studies, substantive background papers and reports to inform policy dialogue for the PCSD Partnership. The OECD-PCD Unit will use its annual publication Better Policies for Sustainable Development to report progress on the PCSD Partnership.


Government of Sweden; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - Policy Coherence for Development Unit (OECD-PCD Unit); Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI); Center for Global Development (CGD); The OECD Informal Network of National Focal Points for Policy Coherence for Development; LEAD Pakistan; Lady Lawyer Foundation; The American University of Nigeria; The Work Foundation; Núcleo Girassol EcoPolíticas e EConsCiensas; The International Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR); The NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN); Kaleidos Research; AlphaZULU Advocates; Sail of Hope; European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); Millennium Institute; Techno Consult; Kehys - The Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU; Fundación Paraguaya; Reith Energy and Environmental Development, Women's Action Group; Centre for Socio-Economic Development (CSEND); SLOGA Platform; International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); The Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC); German Development Institute (DIE); The Donkey Sanctuary; Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals; Centro de Investigación y Estudios sobre Coherencia y Desarrollo (CIECODE)
Develop guidance and capacity building activities, launch pilots in interested partner countries and an online 'Coherence Monitor'
July 2016
Convene an international event to launch the PCSD Partnership (in the context of the HLPF), develop a synthesis report of country case studies, and create an online platform for the PCSD Partnership
July 2017
A high-level event followed by an interactive learning session on addressing policy interactions and coherence in SDG implementation during the 2017 HLPF in NY
July 2017
A high-level event followed by an interactive learning session on addressing policy interactions and coherence in SDG implementation during the 2017 HLPF in NY
June 2017
A training workshop in Paris on understanding the systemic nature of the SDGs and applying policy coherence for sustainable development
May 2016
Organise a multistakeholder workshop, and develop preliminary country case studies and cross-cutting analysis
May 2016
Launch the PCSD Framework with thematic modules on food security, illicit financial flows and green growth; and develop methodologies for addressing interactions and coherence among SDGs and targets
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 16
16.6 - Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
Goal 17
Systemic issues - Policy and Institutional coherence
17.13 - Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence
17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
17.15 - Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

Multi-stakeholder partnerships
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
From participating organisations
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