Policy coherence for sustainable development

14th Meeting of the National Focal Points for Policy Coherence


22 May

Room E (Château), OECD Headquarters, Paris



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9:45 Registration and coffee
10:15 Welcome and introductory remarks by Deputy Secretary-General Masamichi Kono

Adoption of the agenda and context setting by Ebba Dohlman, Head of the OECD PCD Unit and moderator of the meeting     


Session 1. Putting in place institutional mechanisms for coherent SDG implementation at national level

Policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) does not come automatically, but requires strong commitment and supporting mechanisms. A key challenge facing governments in implementing the 2030 Agenda is to ensure that institutional mechanisms in place enhance policy coherence in achieving the SDGs. The objectives of this session are (i) to provide an overview of the survey results on “Applying the eight building blocks of PCSD in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, circulated to all Focal Points in November 2017; and (ii) to exchange country experiences and key challenges in adapting or creating institutional mechanisms for policy coherence.


a)     Overview of survey results, presentation by Ernesto Soria Morales, OECD PCD Unit
b) Country experiences in strengthening institutional mechanisms for coherent SDG implementation 
c)  Discussion (Tour de Table)
d) Wrap-up and next steps


12:30-13:45 Lunch break


Session 2. Developing methodologies to assess transboundary and inter-generational policy effects in SDG implementation

Tracking progress on PCSD requires consideration of at least three inter-related elements of the policy making process: (i) institutional mechanisms - structures, processes and working methods conducive to pursue PCSD; (ii) policy interactions – having the ability to manage different layers of policy interactions (synergies and trade-offs) across economic, social and environmental dimensions in achieving SDGs; and (iii) policy effects – having the capacity to anticipate and address the resulting effects of policies on sustainable development “here and now”, “elsewhere” and “later”. The objective of this session is to consider recent work underway at the OECD and at country level to develop and use methodologies for measuring the 3rd of the PCSD elements: transboundary and intergenerational policy effects. 


a)         Measuring transboundary effects within the SDGs (work in progress to expand coverage of the tool Measuring Distance to SDG Targets), presentation by Michal Shinwell, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate
b) Country experiences in tracking progress on policy coherence
c)  Discussion


Session 3. Developing methodologies at global level for measuring policy coherence for sustainable development (SDG17.14)

SDG target 17.14 calls on all countries to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development. Progress on this target at the global level will be assessed against indicator 17.14.1 “Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development”. UN Environment is the custodian agency for TIER III indicator 17.14.1 (the methodology for the indicator has not yet been settled). The objectives of this session are (i) to learn from UN Environment about the status of discussions and key challenges in developing a methodology for the global indicator 17.14.1; (ii) discuss how the OECD work and its Members’ experiences with SDG 17.14 can best inform and support the work underway by UN Environment; and (iii) identify other tools and mechanisms that can support methodology development at national and international levels.



Developing a methodology for the SDG global indicator 17.14.1, presentation by Ludgarde Coppens, Head of SDG Data and Information Unit, UN Environment

b) Reactions and feedback from Focal Points and OECD directorates


Session 4. Update and dialogue on other activities

The objective of this session is to share information on ongoing projects and upcoming activities, including the PCSD Partnership; Trade, Policy Coherence and SDGs project; and the Gender Platform. 


Update and discussion (the meeting will close at 18:00)



Country profiles: Institutional mechanisms for policy coherence

UN Methodology Roadmap for SDG indicator 17.14.1



This meeting is by invitation and open to National Focal Points.

Please register directly on EMS or by sending and email to Ms. Amelia Smith (



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