Department of Economic and Social Affairs Public Institutions

Conference Room

 

United Nations, New York
23- 27 April 2018 

The 17th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration convened at the United Nations Headquarters from 23 to 27 April 2018. 

 



Committee of Experts on Public Administration, 17th session

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration held its seventeenth session at the United Nations in New York from 23 to 27 April 2018. Its theme was “Readying public institutions for implementation of the SDGs”.

 

The official report is available in six languages:

 

A key message of the session was that institutions play a critical role in the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals and targets and that a wide range of pragmatic ongoing improvements in national and local governance capabilities can yield important long-term results. Building on the work of the sixteenth session, the Committee agreed on a set of principles of effective governance for sustainable development that could serve as an important reference point in building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels and in support of the implementation of all Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The Committee stressed that the indivisibility and the urgency of the SDGs make policy and institutional coherence a priority. CEPA suggests three pathways to improve coherence. Firstly, institutional and policy coherence should be promoted together, context-sensitive and inclusive. Secondly, promotion of coherence requires structural attention and coordination, a broad range of tools, and might need specific work programmes or reforms. Thirdly, there is scope for a global peer-to-peer learning mechanism to support the necessary change of structures, processes, skills and mind-sets and to promote mutual learning, networking and knowledge exchange by all relevant stakeholders. In addition, national public administration schools and other training institutions should integrate the promotion of coherence for the SDGs in their curricula.

 

Sound budgetary performance and transparent reporting are also areas of concern. Building competent public fiscal management capacity at national and local levels together with adequate oversight capacity is a major challenge. The Goals should be mainstreamed into national finance strategies to bridge the gap between policy priorities and actual government spending and, in the least developed countries, ensure that the achievement of sustainable development does not rely on aid alone.

 

Timely and regular production, publication and wide dissemination of executive budget proposals, enacted budgets and other budget reports should be considered, along with simple-to-understand and accessible citizen budget guides. Also important are effective participatory budgeting, and the formulation of indicators to monitor progress.

 

The Committee observed that efforts to rally civil servants and the broader public sector workforce around the SDGs and instil a sense of commitment could be strengthened, along with new ways of working based on participation and engagement.  Importantly, new policy and technical skills will be required in the public sector given the high rate of scientific and technological advancement and the service delivery and policy complexities associated with the SDGs.

 

To help address misconduct and corruption in the public sector, governments are encouraged to adopt and enforce comprehensive legislation on whistle-blower protection that takes a broad approach to the protection of reporting persons, and strengthen efforts to put whistle-blower protection into practice.

 

Taking the observations above into account, the Committee adopted a draft resolution and a draft decision for the consideration of the Economic and Social Council. The Committee also prepared a contribution to the 2018 high-level political forum on sustainable development on challenges for institutions in the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.

 

Decision adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the on the provisional agenda for the 17th session of CEPA (2017/253)

  •        
Documents

Delegates are encouraged to download available documents and also carry along their laptops, tablets or other mobile devices to the meeting so as to access new documents.

 

  • Decision adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the provisional agenda for the 18th session of CEPA (2018/237)

 

 

  •          
  • Item 2: Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters Provisional annotated agenda (E/C.16/2018/1)
  •          
  • Item 3: Readying institutions and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
  • Item 3 (a): Promoting policy and institutional coherence in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals to be reviewed in depth by the 2018 high-level political forum on sustainable development and the other Goals;
  •  
  • Promoting policy institutional coherence for the Sustainable Development Goals by Mr. Louis Meuleman (E/C.16/2018/2)

    Arabic  |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish           

     

    Conference room paper on appraising institutional capacity for policy integration

  • Item 3 (b): Building capacities and effectively mobilizing, allocating and managing budgetary resources for implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  •  
  • Building capacities and effectively mobilizing, allocating and managing budgetary resources for implementation of the 2030 Agenda by Mr. Juraj Nemec (E/C.16/2018/3)

  • Item 3 (c): Building the awareness, competencies and skills of civil servants at the national and local levels;
  •  
  • Building the awareness, competencies and skills of civil servants at the national and local levels by Ms. Margaret Kobia (E/C.16/2018/4)

  •          
  • Item 4: Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels:
  • Item 4 (a): Elaborating principles of effective governance for sustainable development building on the work of the Committee at its sixteenth session;

    Elaborating principles of effective governance for sustainable development (E/C.16/2018/5)

  • Item 4 (b): Engaging accountability mechanisms, civil society and the media in advising on and overseeing implementation of the Goals;

    Conference room paper on the issues for the current discussion are citizens’ engagement in public decision making, effective institutions and access to information

  • Item 4 (c): Nature and challenges of misconduct and corruption in the public sector, and ways forward;

    The question of the protection of whistle-blowers by Mr. Linus Toussaint Mendjana (E/C.16/2018/6)

  •  
    • Conference room paper on whistle-blower protection and the implementation of article 33 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption on the protection of reporting persons   
      English | 

       
    Item 5: Supporting the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies by enhancing and equipping institutions:

  • Item 5 (a): Changes required in institutions and public administration at all levels to foster the transformation of societies required under the 2030 Agenda in urban and rural communities

    Institutional transformation to strengthen the well-being of rural and urban communities: the case of Malaysia by Dr. Ali Hamsa (E/C.16/2018/7)

  •          
  • Information note on past discussions of CEPA:

      

      Policy coherence and integrated approaches to sustainable development

      Public finance and budgeting

      Corruption prevention

      Participatory governance

      

Contributions to Call for Inputs
  • The content of and the views expressed in the written statements are those of the NGO and do not imply any expression of opinion on the part of the United Nations.
  •  
  • Item 5 (a): Changes required in institutions and public administration at all levels to foster the transformation of societies required under the 2030 Agenda in urban and rural communities

      African Local Government Academy (ALGA)

Participants
Webcast

Monday 23 April 

Morning meeting

Afternoon meeting 

 

 

Tuesday 24 April 

Morning meeting

Afternoon meeting 


Wednesday 25 April 

Morning meeting

Afternoon meeting 


Thursday 26 April 

Morning meeting

 

Friday 27 April 

Morning meeting

Afternoon meeting 


 

Multimedia
Click the photo below to view more.
CEPA 17th Session
Contacts

Mr. Patrick Spearing, Secretary of the Committee
Tel: 1-212-963-3352; Fax: 1-212-963-9681
E-mail: spearing@un.org

Ms. Adriana Ribeiro , Information Management Assistant
Tel: 1-212-963-2764; Fax: 1-212-963-9681
E-mail: ribeiroa@un.org

CEPA Bureau Members

Chair: 

Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi (South Africa)

 

Vice-Chairs:

Geert Bouckaert (Belgium)

Louis Meuleman (Netherlands)

Moni Pizani (Venezuela)

 

Rapporteur:

Upma Chawdhry (India)