OECD Council: Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development

The Recommendation of the Council on Good Institutional Practices in Promoting Policy Coherence for Development was adopted by the OECD Council on 29 April 2010. The Recommendation was revised by the Council on 11 December 2019 on the proposal of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the Public Governance Committee (PGC). On this occasion it was renamed the Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD). The revisions aimed at providing a comprehensive instrument to help Adherents equip policymakers with the necessary institutional mechanisms and policy tools to support and promote coherent policies for sustainable development with a view to respond to the universal commitments made under the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Recommendation focuses primarily on the enablers that are essential to facilitate governments’ efforts to enhance PCSD. It is based on the premise that the ability to consistently develop and implement coherent policies in all areas is dependent on the processes, systems, structures and tools used by governments to manage and co-ordinate policy at all levels.

The Recommendation presents eight principles to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development under three main pillars:

– A strategic vision for implementing the 2030 Agenda underpinned by a clear political commitment and leadership to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.

– Effective and inclusive institutional and governance mechanisms to address policy interactions across sectors and align actions between levels of government.

– A set of responsive and adaptive tools to anticipate, assess and address domestic, transboundary and long-term impacts of policies. When implementing the Recommendation, Adherents may tailor the guidance to their specific national realities and capacities. The principles are mutually supportive and efforts should be made in each area in order to enhance PCSD.

The 8 principles for promoting policy coherence:

Vision and Leadership

1. Political Commitment and Leadership

2. Strategic Long-term Vision

3. Policy Integration 

Policy Interactions

4. Whole-of-Government Coordination

5. Subnational Engagement

6. Stakeholder Engagement


7. Policy and Financing Impacts

8. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

More information: https://www.oecd.org/gov/pcsd/recommendation-on-policy-coherence-for-sustainable-development-eng.pdf

Scroll to Top