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International workshop and dialogue on policy coherence for sustainable development

12 September 2018 8:30 am
14 September 2018 12:15 am

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From 12 to 14 September, ECDPM, Southern Voice and the German Development Institute (DIE) will host a two-day workshop and a multi-stakeholder dialogue on policy coherence for sustainable development. The events will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium.

By 2030, all nations must deliver on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will only be possible if policies work in harmony across different domains. Goal 17 therefore calls for policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD).

But PCSD is not easy to implement, as it is inherently a political matter. Progress in policy coherence is difficult to measure. There is little evidence which can help quantify whether policies are more or less coherent and whether progress is being made.

Now ECDPM, DIE and Southern Voice are joining forces. The aim is to better understand why and how policymakers in different countries are promoting policy coherence for sustainable development. We want to collect evidence on the drivers of policy coherence and how it is implemented in various contexts. We seek to deliver insights to policymakers and non-state actors at different governance levels on this matter.

Event details and registration

Workshop (by invitation only)
The workshop will take place on 12 and 13 September in Maastricht, from 08:30 to 19:30 and 08:30- 17:30. A small group of experts will share their experiences and define a research proposal for the project. The workshop is by invitation only.

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Register now
The multi-stakeholder dialogue will take place on 14 September in Brussels (Cercle de Lorraine Place Poelaert 6), from 10:00 to 12:15. It will be attended by policymakers, academics and representatives from think tanks and NGOs. For more information, please download the programme here.

For this day we still have seats available. To register, please contact Tilly Bogataj-De Coninck from ECDPM by Wednesday 12 September.

Follow the debates
You can follow the events on Twitter via #policycoherence.

ECDPM and policy coherence for sustainable development

ECDPM has promoted policy coherence for over two decades. Our research and analyses have raised awareness and increased knowledge on how policy incoherence can be addressed. We also organise and facilitate meetings and training sessions for and together with policymakers – at the EU level and in various European countries, but also beyond.

To see all our work on policy coherence, please have a look at our dossier.

About the organisers

Southern Voice is a network of think tanks across Africa, Asia and Latin America. It serves as an open platform to stimulate, generate and promote high-quality and evidence-based analyses for the global dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals. @SV_postMDG

ECDPM is a leading independent think tank that wants to make policies in Europe and Africa work for inclusive and sustainable development. It has offices in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium. @ecdpm

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in Bonn, Germany. @DIE_GDI


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