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Areas of Work: Policy Coherence

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Policy Coherence is essential to a balanced implementation of sustainable development. It 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. Policy coherence requires capacity to analyse policy synergies and trade-offs among different policy options to develop coherent policies. UN DESA assists countries to build this capacity by providing access and use a broad range of analytical tools and models. These help to conduct integrated policy analyses and develop coherent policies and programmes across various dimensions of sustainable development including climate change, energy, sustainable transport, oceans, waste management, SIDS, green economy, cities and urbanization.




Key tools to build capacity for policy coherence include:


  • Quantitative modeling tools for sustainable development policies, such as: Economic-Wide Models; Energy Systems Dynamic Models; a Model for Universal Access to Electricity; Socio-Economic Micro-Simulation; Integrated Assessment of climate, land-use, energy and water (CLEWS);
  • Theory of Change and Multi-criteria Analysis (MCA);
  • Vision, Indicators, Systems, Innovation, and Strategy (VISIS) methodologies for integrated planning and climate progress;
  • Analysis of systemic linkages and interdependencies among policies approaches;
  • Analytical support to draft National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDSs).


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