Implementing the SDGs as an integrated and coherent set represents a major challenge to all countries. With only ten years to go, the progress on the SDGs is uneven, both across and within countries. In the current COVID-19 crisis context, countries worldwide even risk to reverse progress on a number of SDGs. The pandemic crisis also poses a number of complex and interconnected challenges arising from the human, social, financial and economic consequences of COVID-19; and by the need to ensure that immediate responses and the subsequent recovery measures take a comprehensive and coherent approach. Strengthened governance practices and policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) will be essential to align the short-term responses with the achievement of long-term economic, social and environmental objectives for a sustainable recovery as well as international commitments, such as the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.
The OECD helps countries strengthen governance and policy coherence in support of the SDGs and to foster resilience in the post-crisis environment.