Ensuring Policy Coherence in Sustainable Development
A toolkit for being an effective PCSD watchdog
Thursday, January 31, 2019
This toolkit is for EU13 members of the EC-DEAR funded Coherent Europe for Sustainable Development (CE4SD).
It includes information on policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) as well as resources, and tools to support these organisations to become PCSD watchdogs following evidence-based recommendations or meeting evidence-based specific practice standards.
The EU is now committed to promoting a whole-of-government approach to PCSD and ensuring political oversight and coordination efforts at all levels for SDG implementation. PCSD should oblige decision-makers to balance the four dimensions of sustainable development (social, environmental, economic and governance).
It should ensure that the way in which they design policies contribute to, rather than undermine, the ability of EU member states and other countries to achieve sustainable development and consider its consequences for future generations. Efforts for PCSD, therefore, should not only minimise negative external impacts: they should aim at fundamentally changing the economic, social and political system.