Authored by Brad Czerniak

There has been a lot of discourse throughout the sustainable development goals (SDGs) process on the need for integrated policies that consider the synergies and trade-off across SDGs thematic areas and how that is critical for the achievement of sustainable development. However, most of the discussions have remained in the global policy arena, with less focus on how the integration would be achieved at national policy and program levels. As the SDGs agenda moves from the global arena to national policy and program implementation, there will be increasing attention to approaches that facilitate multisectoral integration across policies and programs to help deliver sustainable development. This research project examines one approach, which could offer important lessons for integrated SDGs policy planning and programming. Population Health and Environment (PHE) is an integrated approach that improves access to health services, including voluntary family planning and reproductive health, while helping communities to manage natural resources and conserve the critical ecosystems on which they depend. A review of the current list of SDGs and indicators is conducted with a view of identifying thematic areas that appeal to PHE programming. Researchers find that implementation of PHE projects is able to contribute to multiple goals and targets. A well-designed project is able to contribute to at least 11 of the 17 goals as per the current list of SDGs. The research calls for the development policy and program community to learn lessons from PHE in efforts to roll out SDGs implementation at the national and local levels.