Achievement at a glance
The PCSD Partnership launched 64 initiatives that work towards enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development (SDG17.14). During 2016-17, it achieved 16 deliverables, 41 are in progress, 4 have been postponed, and 18 new deliverables were launched. It brings together 24 partners operating in 17 countries with some of them having a global reach. The work focuses on: (A) evidence-based analysis, (B) institutional practices, (C) integrated approaches, and (D) tools for tracking progress. The results of the first collective work features as chapter in the forthcoming OECD Publication: Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017 - Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity.
Challenges faced in implementation
SDGs call for a new paradigm: applying their new vision of sustainable development and principles through old strategies and instruments is a key challenge. Within this framework, for some institutions joining the PCSD Partnership a particular challenge is limited resources to develop specific work on policy coherence for sustainable development, including country case studies, or initiatives that could be applied and tested in one location for possible replication elsewhere (e.g. role of cooperatives), or capacity building. The PCSD Partnership, which is a knowledge-sharing partnership, has achieved core initiatives with no funding. It encourages potential partner institutions working on similar issues to exploit complementarities, add value to ongoing work and avoid duplication.
The PCSD Partnership will continue engaging governments, key stakeholders and the public to keep policy coherence for sustainable development (SDG17.14) on the agenda internationally and at national and local levels as an important means of implementation of the SDGs. The Partnership will support and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues, webinars, as well as interactive learning events, including a high-level event followed by an interactive learning session on the occasion of the 2017 HLPF. The latter aims to test tools that enable policy-makers to analyse policy interactions as well as potential effects (on other countries and future generations), and to identify concrete measures to enhance policy coherence for SDG implementation. The Partnership will also support a consultation process on how best to update existing international instruments for promoting good institutional practices for policy coherence.
Beneficiaries include: members of the OECD network of national focal points for policy coherence for development as well as policy-makers and stakeholders around the world working on SDG implementation, including governments, parliamentarians, international organisations, civil society organisations, academic institutions, and policy communities.
The PCSD Partnership is helping to strengthen capacities to enhance, apply and monitor policy coherence for SDG implementation. The work of the PCSD Partnership aims to support policy-makers and stakeholders to design policies that (i) integrate economic, social and environmental concerns, (ii) build on synergies among SDGs and targets, and (iii) consider their effects on the well-being of people in other countries and for future generations. It also aims to identify institutional practices which can lead to enhanced policy coherence, based on the experience from diverse country contexts in SDG implementation. Most members of the PCSD Partnership facilitate and engage in international meetings and discussions on SDG implementation to raise awareness among decision-makers on the importance of policy coherence for effectively addressing highly interconnected goals. The Partnership also facilitates the development of case studies, practical tools and guidance for understanding the integrated nature of SDGs and applying policy coherence in practice.
Develop guidance and capacity building activities, launch pilots in interested partner countries and an online 'Coherence Monitor'
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
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