On July 16, The SDSN and the OECD launched a first joint Reflection Paper on “Long term pathways for the implementation of the SDGs: The Governance Implications.” This reflection paper explores how strategic design and public management practices and procedures can be leveraged to help achieve the long-term pathways towards the successful implementation of the SDGs.

The paper was launched during HLPF at an event hosted by the UAE Permanent Mission to the United Nations. The event featured keynote interventions by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director, SDSN), Dr. Marcos Bonturi (Director, Department of Public Governance, OECD) and Helen Clark (former Prime Minister of New Zealand and UNDP Administrator). They all emphasized the need for long term planning, strategies and pathways for the SDGs supported by effective government mechanisms and capacities.

The event was followed by two panel discussions on i) Long-term transformations and pathways for the SDGs and ii) Mobilizing public management practices for the SDGs. The first panel discussed the role of businesses, financial institutions and civil society in supporting government efforts for long term transformations. The second panel discussed the role of more specific government mechanisms and tools – such as SDG coordination units, audit institutions, open government and stakeholder engagement mechanisms – to support effective implementation of the SDGs at all levels (national, regional and local levels).

The SDSN and the OECD have launched a Partnership in 2018 and will continue to work closely together as part of the “Global Hub for the Governance of the SDGs” which will be officially launched in September at the Heads-Of-State-Summit in New York. For more information on this topic, please write to info@unsdsn.org.