Background and issues

All countries have been called upon to “implement the SDGs” and to report their efforts to put this global agenda into practice, espacially at the High-Level Political Forum held annually by the UN.
In practice, SDG implementation involves many forms of action by governments. These global goals can serve as guidelines by which governments can align and assess public policies. They can also be used to draw up national roadmaps that set major priorities to be addressed by 2030 and identify ways to achieve them. Inter-ministerial institutions can be established to ensure that all the measures being adopted towards these goals are coherent, by reviewing their efficacy and – if necessary – suggesting changes to them. SDG indicators can also be used as a means to evaluate budgets and new legislation.

Can such government action have a real impact on policy decisions? What can be learned from the experiences of other countries in this regard? What are the “good practices” to adopt and pitfalls to avoid?


In order to answer these questions and to help governments to appropriate the SDGs in an effective manner, IDDRI is studying the initiatives taken by governments in different countries with a view to drawing useful lessons for all, and for France and Europe in particular. IDDRI will share these analyses and recommendations with policy-makers as well as with civil society stakeholders.

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