Policy coherence for sustainable development

2017 HLPF SDG Learning, Training and Practice


Banner for the learning session on 14 July 2017

Addressing dilemmas in SDG implementation:

From inter-linkages analysis to policy coherence in practice

Friday 14 July 2017, 3-6 pm, Conference Room S-0310 (UNCA Room), UNHQ, New York

Organised by the OECD in collaboration with the PCSD Partnership (#SDGAction12066)


Concept Note (pdf)     Event Flyer (pdf)     Background Documentation


The first year of the 2030 Agenda suggests that policy-makers are struggling to manage and leverage linkages among goal areas and to operationalise an integrated implementation of the SDGs. Participants will take part in a role playing exercise to better understand the integrated nature of SDGs as well as the policy dilemmas and dynamics associated with priority setting and balancing economic, social and environmental demands; balancing short-term and long-term challenges; bridging the gap between domestic and international implementation and aligning public and private actions. 



The purpose of this training session is to familiarise participants with policy coherence tools that support an integrated implementation of the SDGs. It gives participants the opportunity to get an insight into ways of addressing interconnected goals and targets. The interactive session is open to all registered HLPF participants. It requires no specific sectoral or policy expertise.




Presentation: General introduction to the programme and objectives of the training.

  • Quick test on policy coherence.
  • Tour de table and indication of the key challenges faced by countries in applying policy coherence in practice.

Presentation: Introduction to the PCSD Framework

Group discussion: Perspectives on policy coherence for sustainable development


1. Translating the SDGs into national actions

Presentation: Introduction to the practical exercise

Group exercise 1: Identifying sectoral priorities to:

  • End poverty in all its forms (SDG1)
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG2)
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (SDG3)
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG5)
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (SDG6)
  • Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG17)

Report-back from group discussions


2. Identifying critical interactions across goal areas as well as potential transboundary and intergenerational effects 

Group exercise 2: Identifying policy interactions

  • How to build cross-sectoral synergies and manage trade-offs between sectors in achieving the SDGs?
  • How to address unintended consequences of domestic policies?
  • How to align domestic policies and national actions in these three sectors to the global vision of the SDGs?

Report-back from group discussions


3. Identifying institutional mechanisms for coherence

Group exercise 3: Building Blocks for Policy Coherence 

  • What are the institutional mechanisms needed to address cross-sectoral issues and advance PCSD?
  • What are the weaknesses/strengths in existing institutional mechanisms dealing with national sustainable development and policy coherence? How can they be used to enhance PCSD in implementing the SDGs? 
  • How to embed PCSD across national policies and track progress?

Report-back from group discussions








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