This report aims to investigate multi-level governance and vertical policy integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels of government. More specifically, it focuses on exploring in depth governance structure for sustainable development, as well as multi-level governance and vertical policy integration.
At the same time, it states that pieces of the entire concept of governance should considered to be of vital importance under the overall concept of sustainable development.
Of importance, to better understand the role of vertical policy integration in the implementation of Agenda 2030, is not only to grasp how to integrate policy across different levels of government (local, sub-national, national, and supranational), with sometimes conflicting objectives, but also to be aware of the potential pitfalls that contribute to vertical policy integration being ineffective.
The main objective of this report is to point out the ways in which countries have been integrating the 2030 Agenda at all levels of government. Specific attention is also given to countries that participated at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2016 and submitted Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), since they have already prepared and presented, in-depth, about their efforts in implementing the 2030 Agenda.
A list of important ingredients for successful vertical policy integration for the 2030 Agenda implementation is given at the concluding section of this report, including issues such as vertical coordination, alignment of policy strategies, respect different contexts, raising communication and awareness.
You can read the full report here.