SDGs resources round-up

  • OECD: Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016: A New Framework for Policy Coherence. This report introduces the Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) – a screening tool that aims to support governments in designing and implementing coherent policies. It explores policy coherence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and suggests options for monitoring and tracking progress in SDG target 17.14. The report also includes contributions from member states on their policy mechanisms and institutional arrangements for implementing the SDGs at the national level.
  • Imme Scholz, Niels Keijzer and Carmen Richerzhagen (DIE): Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals in Germany. This paper analyzes past and present efforts by the German government at the federal level and its 16 federal states to contribute towards ongoing academic and policy debates on translating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action. The paper applies the concept of “policy coherence for sustainable development” (PCSD) as a means to assess the country’s efforts and performance to date in promoting sustainable development at home and beyond its borders.
  • Together 2030: Experiences from national voices: Civil society engagement on national reviews of the 2030 Agenda. This compilation of case studies complements the Together 2030 Perceptions Survey, and offers a small but representative sample of civil society efforts to implement the SDGs. The document produces three major findings from the country studies: 1) recognition of the amount of work that CSOs have put into facilitating national stakeholders’ uptake of the 2030 Agenda; 2) when it comes to ensuring the participation of civil society, there is no clear distinction between those countries who volunteered for national reviews and those that did not; and 3) there was a high degree of similarity across civil society recommendations in the case studies.
  • OECD: Measuring Distance to the SDGs Targets: A pilot assessment of where OECD countries stand. This pilot study, designed to help governments as they develop national action plans, analyzes the starting positions of selected OECD countries. It further contributes to SDG mainstreaming efforts across different OECD Directorates. The study uses information from OECD databases – selected based on their relevance, ability to differentiate countries’ performance, and statistical quality – to determine starting positions at target level, presenting preliminary results. Among other findings, the study shows that countries may need to develop additional indicators to track progress on policies that have significant transboundary impacts.
  • POST2015 and UNU-IAS: Blocks for the Institutional Architecture of the SDGs Science-Policy Interface. This joint report considers what types of knowledge would facilitate successful implementation and monitoring processes for the 2030 Agenda, how such knowledge could be inserted into the global SDGs process, and what institutional architectures would enhance overall effectiveness from global to regional and national level science-policy interfaces for the SDGs. The report proposes five building blocks and models to construct a practicable science-policy interface, weighing the pros and cons of each option. The report was launched at an HLPF side event, for which further information is available here.
  • SDSN: Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities: A guide for local stakeholders. This guide aims to fill a knowledge-gap on the role of local authorities in SDG implementation, and suggests how city leaders, local practitioners and policy makers can use the SDGs to guide on-the-ground planning and development. The handbook provides general principles and processes that will need to be adapted to local conditions, including case examples drawn from cities in low- to high-income countries. The guide complements a previous National SDG Guide on country-level implementation.

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