Policy coherence for sustainable development

Workshop: Ensuring a sustainable COVID-19 recovery in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)


A regional consultation and knowledge-sharing workshop

Co-organised by the Government of Aruba and the OECD 


Thursday, 11 March 2021 at 9am-12pm AST (2pm-5pm CET)

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This event aims to raise awareness among Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the role of skills and institutional mechanisms for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the synergies between effective SDG implementation and COVID-19 recovery. It will facilitate an exchange of good country practices to build resilience and coherence across sectors and levels of government and seek to identify opportunities and challenges for aligning national SDG strategies with COVID-19 recovery plans, as well as related capacity gaps. It will also provide input to an ongoing OECD consultation to develop a practical Guidance Note to enhance policy coherence in SDG implementation.

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Opening sessionwith welcome remarks by Prime Minister Evelyne Wever-Croes, Aruba, and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Jeffrey Schlagenhauf.


Session 1: Aligning SDG implementation with a sustainable COVID-19 recovery in SIDS

This session will provide an overview of SDG progress in SIDS in the Caribbean region, as well as of the challenges and opportunities in ensuring a sustainable COVID-19 recovery. It will show that immediate and short-term recovery measures do not need to come at the expense of long-term sustainability objectives. 

Presentation: SDGs - A Pathway Toward Sustainabale Development and Recovery (Aruba)


Session 2: The role of policy coherence and civil service skills for more effective SDG implementation

This session will introduce the concept of policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD), and highlight how skills and institutional mechanisms for PCSD can contribute to more effective implementation. It will seek to identify good practices for balancing short- and long-term objectives; considering synergies and trade-offs between different policy areas and SDGs; and accounting for policy impacts both domestically and internationally. 

Presentation: Institutional Mechanisms and Civil Service Skills for Effective and Coherent SDG Implementation (OECD)


Session 3: Identifying gaps and priority areas for action

This session will seek to identify institutional and knowledge gaps in the region, based on experiences from ongoing capacity-building initiatives for SDG implementationt. This will help to define areas where future work and practical guidance is needed, both in tems of civil service skills and leadership capabilities and institutional and governance arrangements. 

Presentation: Governance Capacities for the SDGs (UNDESA)

11:50 Concluding Session