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Using the principles to address common governance challenges


UN DESA uses the governance principles as a main reference point and overarching analytical framework to address common governance challenges and advance effective governance for sustainable development in response to country requests. UN DESA's work focuses on helping countries achieve sustainable development and strengthen resilience by promoting transformative change in governance and public policy as well as pragmatic governance improvements that contribute to building effective, accountable, and transparent institutions at all levels in support of the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements. 

CEPA strategy guidance notes


Our work is supported by a growing series of strategy guidance notes prepared by renowned experts in consultation with leading communities of practice from around the world.


Capacity-building and collaboration with partners


UN DESA takes a network approach that links government officials with regional partners, UN Resident Coordinators and leading communities of practice to build strong institutions for the SDGs, taking into account national realities, capacities, needs and priorities. It has ongoing successful collaborations with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 


UN DESA and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)


Since 2019, UN DESA and APRM have been engaged in implementing the African Union-UN Framework for the Implementation of the AU-Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda, including by organizing the workshops listed below in support of building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions in Africa at all levels. 


Regional workshop: Strengthening national institutional capacities for the United Nations Decade of Action for Sustainable Development and African Union Agenda 2063 (27 to 29 October 2022, Cape Town, South Africa) 

Regional workshop: Accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and African Union Agenda 2063 in Africa: Building resilient institutions for the SDGs in the time of COVID-19 (28 to 30 October 2021, Cape Town, South Africa) 


Regional workshop: Effective governance for sustainable development: Putting principles into practice (30 October to 1 November 2019) 

APRM Baseline Study on the implementation of CEPA Principles in Africa


As an outcome of the 2019 regional workshop on effective governance for sustainable development, APRM and UN DESA resolved to undertake a baseline study on the status of implementation of the eleven principles of effective governance in Africa. Countries were selected to answer an e-questionnaire based on different criteria, including geographical balance, progress on SDGs and Agenda 2063, engagement in APRM governance assessment reviews and the country's responsiveness to submit voluntary national reviews (VNRs).