NBS, UNEP launch policy coherence test tracking

14Jan 2020
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
NBS, UNEP launch policy coherence test tracking

EXPERTS at the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to pilot test the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17.14.1 which tracks the number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development.

Statistician General Dr Albina Chuwa

Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam at the opening of a two-day workshop for NBS and UNEP experts,  Statistician General Dr Albina Chuwa said the collaboration will provide UN Environment - the custodian for this indicator - some valuable feedbacks and practical inputs from the piloting exercise that will be integrated in a refined version of the draft-methodology.

“The collaboration will also help NBS to proactively prepare for data collection and measurements of indicator 17.14.1. In Tanzania we will never be left behind in terms of reporting. In this respect, mechanisms for policy coherence have been identified as an important instrument to achieve the overall objective of SDG 17,” she said.

The director noted that it is of paramount importance to track government efforts in setting up mechanisms for policy coherence to ensure policies at various levels of governance are streamlined to work coherently and are mutually supportive and do not work against each other.

“The partnership will enable Tanzania achieves the No.17 goal in three dimensions of economic, social and environmental issues,” she asserted.

UN Environment consultant Yannis Derbali said that promoting policy coherence for sustainable development is important in several ways, like achieving sustainable development in economic, social and environmental dimensions in a balanced and integrated manner.

“Policy coherence aims to identify trade-offs and mitigate negative impacts between policies. At a more ambitious level, it should also aim to foster synergies and produce policies that mutually reinforce each other,” he said.

Stephen Chacha, executive director for Data Lab (T), said that UNEP shall present the methodology to capture the main types of policy coherence mechanisms at the workshop.

The various experts will also identify elements that contribute to effectiveness of each of the mechanisms, and a weighted scoring system for reporting towards indicator 1.14.1, he added.

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