Department of Economic and Social Affairs Public Institutions
Committee of Experts on Public Administration

 

Current work

 

Providing recommendations to ECOSOC and High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF): In accordance with the 2023 theme of the session of ECOSOC and the HLPF and in preparation for its 22nd session (2023), the CEPA working group will provide policy advice on governance and public administration aspects of “Accelerating the recovery from COVID-19 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda at all levels". The Goals to be reviewed in depth in 2023 will be SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).


Background

 

ECOSOC annually requests the Committee to examine and make recommendations on the theme of the session of the Council and the HLPF and to contribute to the review of the implementation of SDG 16, giving particular attention to the cross-cutting nature of all SDGs. It invites the Committee to advise on approaches and practices related to the institutions, policies and arrangements to promote the implementation of the SDGs, bearing in mind that the specific contexts and situations of countries differ widely, as well as to advise on making institutions effective, accountable and inclusive.

 

To date, the Committee has been providing the following inputs: 

 

CEPA input to the 2022 HLPF Transforming institutions and governance to build forward better towards 2030 
CEPA input to the 2021 HLPF Building inclusive, effective and resilient institutions for sustainable recovery from the coronavirus disease pandemic and timely implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 
CEPA input to the 2020 HLPF Promoting effective governance and institutional reform to accelerate the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals 
CEPA input to the 2019 HLPF Governance and public administration aspects of empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality
CEPA input to the 2018 HLPF Challenges for institutions in the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies
CEPA input to the 2017 HLPF  Challenges for institutions in eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world
CEPA input to the 2016 HLPF Challenges for institutions in ensuring that no one is left behind

Recent CEPA observations and insights

 

Transforming institutions and governance to build forward better towards 2030 

 

To build forward from the COVID-19 pandemic and advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, governments should strengthen their public institutions and their social, physical, and technological infrastructure, while making their economies more resilient and agile to be better prepared to manage potential future economic, social, and environmental shocks. This called, inter alia, for political will, a change of mindsets and the sound management of public resources. (CEPA 21st session, 2022)

 

None of the institutional-building objectives to support the SDGs could be attained without ensuring that COVID-19 had been well-contained while addressing in particular the plight of the poor and other vulnerable groups, supporting the weakest countries and leaving no one behind. To these ends, Governments should effectively cooperate, including on data- and information-sharing, digitalization, widespread vaccination, testing, and access to medication, education, and training. The exchange of lessons learned from the pandemic would be crucial. (CEPA 21st session, 2022)

 


What action does ECOSOC recommend?

ECOSOC requests the Committee, at its twenty-second session, to be held from 27 to 31 March 2023, to examine and make recommendations on the theme of the 2023 session of the Council and the 2023 high-level political forum and to contribute to the review of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16, giving particular attention to the cross-cutting nature of all the Goals. (ECOSOC resolution 2022/9, para. 18).

 

ECOSOC invites the Committee to continue to advise on approaches and practices related to the institutions, policies and arrangements to promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, bearing in mind that the specific contexts and situations of countries differ widely, as well as to advise on making institutions effective, accountable and inclusive; (ECOSOC resolution 2022/9, para. 19).


Previous papers on this topic (2016-present) 


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Transforming institutions and governance to build forward better towards 2030 (E/C.16/2022/2, 18 January 2022) 

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Building inclusive, effective and resilient institutions for sustainable recovery from the coronavirus disease pandemic and timely implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (E/C.16/2021/2, 28 January 2021)

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Promoting effective governance and institutional reform to accelerate the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (E/C.16/2020/2, 17 January 2020)

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Progress on institutional aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 16: access to information, transparency, participation and accountability (E/C.16/2019/7, 24 January 2019) 

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Governance and public administration aspects of empowering people to build equal and inclusive societies for the twenty-first century (E/C.16/2019/3, 24 January 2019)

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The use of tax records for the achievement of the SDGs (conference room paper, 19 November 2018)

 

   
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Promoting policy institutional coherence for the Sustainable Development Goals (E/C.16/2018/2, 14 February 2018)

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Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity while leaving no one behind: implications for public administration 
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conference room paper, 18 April 2017)

   
Document Successfully achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: what is to be done? (E/C.16/2017/2, 30 January 2017)
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Document Institutional arrangements for the Sustainable Development Goals (E/C.16/2017/5, 30 January 2017)
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Document Poverty eradication through regional development: the case of Brazil (E/C.16/2017/7, 7 February 2017) 
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Document Institutionalism re-invented in sustainable development: developing institutions for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and achievement of SDGs (conference room paper18 April 2017) (Addendum, March 2017)
   
Document Rolling out national social protection floors (conference room paper4 April 2017)
   
Document Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity while leaving no one behind: implications for public administration (conference room paper18 April 2017) 
   
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Inclusive policy formulation and integration in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (E/C.16/2016/2, 19 January 2016)

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Related meetings

 

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VNR Lab: Recent innovations in institutional arrangements for SDG implementation (15 July 2022)

   
Document Expert meeting: Readying institutions and policies for integrated approaches to implementation of the 2030 Agenda (Vienna, 14-16 December 2016) (Report)
   
Document Symposium: Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships for implementing the 2030 Agenda and SAMOA Pathway in small island developing States (Nassau, 21-23 February 2017) (Informal communique)
   
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Expert group meeting: Moving from commitments to results in building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (New York, 17-18 February 2016) (Report