This side event to the 2024 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development discussed and showcased how policy coherence for sustainable development can help advance the six transitions and provide an impactful solution to drive an inclusive and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

About this Event

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the world has witnessed an impressive political leadership and commitments by governments, UN agencies, and wide range of stakeholders involved in rethinking plans, priorities, as well as aligning policies and budgets to achieve the Global Goals by 2030.

Despite the political will and unprecedented engagement of stakeholders, several shortcomings prevail for achieving the SDGs. In fact, the 2023 SDG Progress Report has clearly shown efforts to address global challenges and achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030 being very weak, insufficient; stalled or gone into reverse.

In response, the UN Secretary-General has called for a “Rescue Plan for People and Planet” for ambitious actions and shifts to jump-start progress through strengthened multilateral cooperation and support for the United Nations development system while focusing on key priority areas that would bring about social and economic transitions to help take SDG progress to scale and meet our long term environmental and climate goals.

The six transitions proposed are linked to food systems, energy, digital connectivity, education, jobs, and planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. These are priorities with catalytic and multiplier effects across the SDGs. For the Six Transitions to succeed, policy coherence is fundamental. In addition to the impact of multiple and interlocking crises that impacted on implementation of the SDGs, the lack of policy coherence, integrated approach, silo thinking and competition for resources can severely affect efforts to accelerate the proposed transitions.

Therefore, policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) as enshrined in SDG 17.14.1 must be taken as the foundation to ensure delivery of the Six Transitions and help countries to meet not only the different targets of the SDGs, but also effective implementation of commitments relevant to national and multilateral processes. The Six Transitions are not only priorities, but also complex sustainable development challenges that require greater coordination and collaboration amongst different sectors and actors. As the SG has described it: “the failure to make progress means inequalities will continue to deepen, increasing the risk of a fragmented, two-speed world”. Policy coherence will be an enabler, but we need to identify the ‘innovations’ needed to ensure coherence in policy design and implementation. Integrated capacities and finances will play a strong link in making the transitions deliver, thus the need to have integrated policy approaches and funding plans and there are some solutions for this for the region and beyond. The six transitions are in many ways inter-connected. There is a need for an iterative approach to deal with the transitions.

This side event brought together Government representatives, UN agencies, international and regional organizations, policy makers and practitioners to discuss and showcase how PCSD can help advance the six transitions and provide an impactful solution to drive an inclusive and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


By order of intervention.


Head of Division, Policy Coherence for SDGs, Senior Counsellor, Gender, Justice and Inclusiveness, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Hossein FADAEI

Head of the Secretariat, United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG)

Balakrishna PISUPATI

Head, Environment Policy Unit, Environmental Conventions and Policy Branch, Law Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Senior Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Coordinator, Sustainable Development Instruments and Technologies Division, Ministry of Environment and Energy Security, Italy (MASE)


Clean Energy and Technology Analyst, International Energy Agency


Policy and Partnerships Coordinator, Europe Office, UNEP | Moderator



Live on Webex.

RFSD 2024

The Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2024 will take place in Geneva on 13 and 14 March 2024, preceded by pre-meetings on 11 and 12 March. While taking place at a time of multiple crises, including the triple planetary crisis, in recognition of the strong affirmation of the 2030 Agenda at the SDG Summit, Governments and Stakeholders across the UNECE region are now looking for impactful, innovative and crisis-resilient policies and solutions to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Against this background, the theme for the 2024 Regional Forum is: Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Economic Commission for Europe region in times of multiple crises: The effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”.