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World Public Sector Report 2018

Working Together - Integration, Institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals

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This report examines how the public sector can foster integrated approaches to implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It examines challenges and opportunities for integrated approaches, highlighting past experiences. It examines how governments across the world have chosen to address existing interlinkages among the SDGs, and their implications for public institutions. It aims to produce a comprehensive empirical analysis of policy integration for the SDGs at the national level, with a view to drawing lessons on how emerging initiatives aiming to policy and institutional integration might lead to success in achieving the SDGs in different contexts. Concrete examples are given.

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Horizontal integration in the context of SDG implementation

This chapter presents an analysis of the opportunities at the national level for horizontal integration of SDG implementation in terms of structures, processes and policies. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an integrated agenda, and effective horizontal integration across sectors is critical for addressing the inherently cross-cutting, interconnected nature of the SDGs (see chapter 1). Implementation of complex, interconnected SDGs calls for approaches and arrangements that allow governments to pursue SDGs effectively by taking into account inter-linkages among the Goals. SDG implementation transcends the competences of individual departments and requires bringing together all relevant ministries to identify emerging challenges and determine how to address them and act in a cross-sectoral way. It is well recognized, however, that overcoming sector boundaries to achieve horizontal integration is not easy.

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