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How integrated simulation models can help assess effective policies for the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda states that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are integrated and indivisible, and should balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Integrated approaches, strengthening coordination and coherence among fiscal, monetary, trade and development policy objectives, means developing mutually reinforcing policies so that policies work together to achieve national goals and objectives, while avoiding or minimizing negative impacts in other policy areas.

UN DESA has been working on new models and tools to support government officials with the analysis of policy synergies and trade-offs aimed at developing coherent policies.

In response to a request from Cameroon’s Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT), and together with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN DESA recently convened a two-day workshop to support the Government of Cameroon in transitioning from sectoral to integrated policy-making in Climate, Land, Energy and Water systems (CLEWs). CLEWS models are tools for simultaneous consideration of food, energy and water security. They are designed to assess how production and use of these resources may contribute to climate change, and how climate change may affect resource systems.

Outcomes of the workshop will contribute to the crafting of a training program in the use of the CLEWs modeling tool to inform sustainable development policies and to build a system that supports institutional arrangements for collaboration and coordination among ministries in the integrated assessment and evaluation of climate, land, energy and water policies and strategies.

The workshop was an integral part of the UN project titled “Enhancing policy coherence for the SDGs through integrated assessments and institutional strengthening in Africa.”

Read more about this initiative on the ECA website.