Policy coherence is key to sustainable development and implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It requires cross-sectoral collaboration between various policy areas. Such cooperation is indispensable to identify, balance, and harmonize the impacts of planned measures on other areas, other countries, and future generations. Policy coherence for sustainable development seeks to reconcile the domestic and foreign policies of industrialized countries with the requirements of development and sustainability goals.
CDE develops methods for measuring and monitoring policy coherence for sustainable development. In addition, its researchers draw up concrete proposals for how to structure sectoral policy fields like agriculture, financial flows, and trade in a manner that promotes sustainable development internationally and especially in the global South. CDE scientists also played an instrumental role in preparing the UN Global Sustainable Development Report since adoption of the 2030 Agenda.