Universality, Integration, and Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development: Early SDG Implementation in Selected OECD Countries

Universality, Integration, and Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development: Early SDG Implementation in Selected OECD Countries

Case studies exploring early implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in a handful of OECD countries indicate there is strong political will as well as some high-level policy coordination around adoption of the goals, a report from the World Resources Institute finds. The report, Universality, Integration, and Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development: Early SDG Implementation in Selected OECD Countries( 34 pages, PDF), focused on the degree to which Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, and Sweden are ensuring "policy coherence for sustainable development," one of the targets of Goal 17, which is focused on global partnership and implementation of the SDG agenda. The case studies found. among other things, that the four countries are making efforts — to varying degrees — to broaden ownership of the SDGs across multiple government ministries and other stakeholders, have ongoing processes in place to align their existing sustainable development strategies and policy frameworks with the SDGs, and are assessing gaps in those efforts and establishing new priorities.