Summary of the Symposium
The Symposium on the “Promotion of an inclusive and accountable public administration for sustainable development” was held from 16 to 17 March 2016 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It was opened by the President of Bolivia and the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and closed by the Vice President of Bolivia.
500 participants from 33 countries from the region participated in the discussions on how public institutions could best support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
♦ The meeting revealed that a number of countries are moving ahead rapidly with the implementation of Agenda 2030. They are reviewing their national development plans, revamping or creating institutions, empowering local authorities and communities and reaching out to people.
♦ Effective and responsible institutions are essential for realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
♦ Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires a commitment at the highest level and a vision on how to get there.
♦ More than ever, it is clear that serving the people is the raison d’être of public institutions and civil servants. The SDGs have also shed new light on the importance of ethics, integrity, professionalism, effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of public administration. Governments are accountable for delivering according to the principles of public administration, which the General Assembly reiterated in a recent resolution (69/327).
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