Global Needs Assessment: What support do countries need for tackling governance bottlenecks in SDG implementation?

Online Public Consultation
Open until March 20, 2020


With only ten years to go, the progress towards achievement of the SDGs is uneven, both across and within countries. At the 2019 SDG Summit, world leaders expressed concerns that the advancement towards the SDGs is slowing in many areas and called for a ‘Decade of Action’. The 2019 edition of the OECD ‘Measuring the Distance to SDG Targets’ report shows that, while there is progress in some SDGs, countries need to ramp up their efforts, especially to tackle inequalities and improve environmental sustainability, educational and employment outcomes, healthy behaviours and safety.

To accelerate action, the SDG Summit Political Declaration, adopted in September 2019, committed UN Member States to “proactively develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels and ensure more responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making processes….[to] strive to equip domestic institutions to better address interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs between the goals and targets through a whole-of-government approach that can bring about transformative change in governance and public policy and ensure policy coherence for sustainable development.” This resonates with the 2019 OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) which calls for fostering synergies, reducing trade-offs, addressing transboundary and inter-generational impacts, whilst promoting partnerships and collaboration.

As such, any government seeking to accelerate progress on the SDGs largely depends on the capacity to navigate the complexities of SDG implementation. Leadership skills and effective institutional capacities for policy coherence will be essential for governments to effectively co-ordinate, consult and work across policy areas in new ways and develop integrated solutions. At the same time, country experiences show that establishing good governance practices to effectively promote sustainable development is a substantial challenge, as illustrated in the 2019 OECD ‘Governance as an SDG Accelerator’ report. There is an urgent need for more co-ordinated approaches to planning, policy design and implementation to achieve the SDGs.

Purpose of this survey

This survey is designed to identify the areas where expert support could be most effective to tackle key governance and leadership challenges in support of the SDGs. Doing so, it builds on the eight principles of the OECD Recommendation on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development. The survey results will benefit a broader assessment of government needs for support to SDG implementation as the basis for developing a detailed proposal for the assistance the OECD could offer under the umbrella of the Global Hub on the Governance for the SDGs.


*1. Profile of respondent

(drop down list with all countries)
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence
*Which stakeholder group do you belong to? (check one)