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UN ECOSOC approves new members of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration

On 22 July 2021, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) approved  24 experts nominated by the UN Secretary-General to serve on the Committee of Experts on Public Administration for a four-year term, beginning on 1 August 2021. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, established by ECOSOC in 2001, supports the work of the Council on promoting and developing public administration and governance among Member States, especially as it relates to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.

Nominated by the Secretary-General and approved by ECOSOC, Committee members serve in their personal capacity. The members of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration for 2021-2025 are:

  • • Marta Eugenia Acosta Zúñiga (Costa Rica)
  • • Yamini Aiyar (India)
  • • Rolf Alter (Germany)
  • • Linda Bilmes (United States of America)
  • • Augustin K. Fosu (Ghana)
  • • Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi (South Africa)
  • • Paul Jackson (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • • Aigul Kosherbayeva (Kazakhstan)
  • • Ronald U. Mendoza (Philippines)
  • • Louis Meuleman (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • • Lamia Moubayed Bissat (Lebanon)
  • • Juraj Nemec (Slovakia)
  • • Katarina Ott (Croatia)
  • • Soonae Park (Republic of Korea)
  • • Alketa Peci (Brazil)
  • • Mauricio Rodas (Ecuador)
  • • Devon Rowe (Jamaica)
  • • Carlos Santiso (France)
  • • Henry Sardaryan (Russian Federation)
  • • David Moinina Sengeh (Sierra Leone)
  • • Sherifa Fouad Sherif (Egypt)
  • • Aminata Touré (Senegal)
  • • Lan Xue (People’s Republic of China)
  • • Najat Zarrouk (Kingdom of Morocco)

The Committee also reports to ECOSOC on the governance and public administration dimensions of sustainable socioeconomic development, focusing particularly on human capital development, participatory governance, capacity development in crisis and post-conflict countries, and innovations in public administration and governance.

The next meeting of the Committee will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 4 to 8 April 2022.

 

For more information, please contact Patrick Spearing, Secretary of the Committee, at tel.:  +1 212 963 3352, or email:  spearing@un.org.

 

Further information on the work of the Committee can be found at https://publicadministration.un.org/en/CEPA

 

Building Transparent, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions 

DESA/DPIDG and the Group of States against Corruption on the Council of Europe (GRECO) will organize a virtual side event on the theme of Building Transparent, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly against Corruption 2021. The side event aims to showcase the importance of building transparent, accountable and inclusive institutions to foster effective governance, prevent corruption and gain public trust. The event will feature interventions and discussion on the experience gained to date by the organizers in strengthening integrity in the public sector, including by reflecting on specific initiatives and good practices. DESA/DPIDG will present its Curriculum on Governance for the SDGs and the Toolkit on Transparency, Accountability and Ethics in Public Institutions that aim to build the capacities of governments and public servants in these areas. Participants will also hear about the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) from one of its winners. GRECO will reflect on the lessons learned from its monitoring experience and the resulting recommendations to prevent corruption and promote integrity in all three branches of government. Implementation of such measures acquires even greater importance in times of emergency. In addition, the pivotal role of oversight bodies, in particular, anticorruption agencies and supreme audit institutions in relation to the proper management of public affairs and public property will be addressed. The meeting will take place 2 June 2pm EDT. Please register at http://bit.ly/desacoe by 1 June 2021 at 12 pm (EDT). More information is available here.
 

Expert group meeting on Development of a handbook on supreme audit institutions’ contribution to strengthening budget credibility through external audits
DESA/DPIDG in collaboration with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) will organize a virtual expert group meeting on the development of a handbook on how supreme audit institutions (SAIs) can contribute to strengthening the credibility of government budgets. Representatives from SAIs and other organizations, will discuss the proposed approach, analytical framework, methodology and relevant audit issues for the handbook, and provide technical inputs on the subject matter, including the identification of relevant practices and experiences to be featured in the handbook. The meeting is part of a joint initiative by DESA/DPIDG and IBP to support SAIs in conducting analyses of budget credibility through external audits. The meeting will be held from 26 to 28 May 2021. More information is available here.
 

Consultations in preparation for the UN E-Government Survey 2022
In preparation for the UN E-government Survey 2022 and with the aim to improve the Survey and its methodology, UN DESA is organizing consultation sessions with stakeholders to gather feedback and suggestions for the UN E-Government Survey 2022.
The dates for the sessions for the different regions and time zones are:
• 5th May 2021: 12PM Standard GMT (Global during the WSIS Forum 2021) – Completed, please click here for session details.
• 14th May 2021: 2AM Standard GMT (for Asia Pacific) (13th May 2021, 10PM EST)
• 17th May 2021: 6PM Standard GMT (for the Americas) (2PM EST)
• 24th May 2021: 12PM Standard GMT (for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) (8AM EST)
 
For more information on registration and call for inputs by UN Member States please click here.
 

 

 

SDG 16 Conference: Transforming Governance for a more Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Future

Building on the outcome of the 2019 Rome Conference on SDG 16, UNDESA and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) with the Government of Italy are organizing a follow-up Conference, which will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 as well as the transformative contribution SDG 16 can make in helping to safeguard and accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.The Conference will help to generate a preliminary assessment of how progress towards more peaceful, just and inclusive societies has been affected by COVID-19 along with wider implications for the realization of the 2030 Agenda. It will highlight the importance of policy orientations embodied in SDG16 to efforts to build resilience to shocks and provide a roadmap for transforming governance to build back better for the future. The Conference will take place virtually from 28 to 30 April 2021. More information is available here.

 

20th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
 The 20th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, supported by UN DESA/DPIDG, will discuss key institutional aspects in achieving sustainable development with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. These include strengthening the analytical basis for reform policies, integrating the SDGs into national and subnational budgeting and financial management, sustainable public procurement, impact of the pandemic on essential workers in the public sector, and building strong institutions in conflict-affected countries. The Committee will adopt an input to the HLPF and a draft resolution for ECOSOC. The 20th CEPA Session will take place virtually from 12 to 21 April 2020 and will be streamed live via UN Web TV. More information is available here
 

Governance Capacity Development Session Series on Strengthening Public Governance and Accelerating Innovation to Achieve 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 
UN DESA/DPIDG, through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), and the Global Research & Development Business Center of Seoul National University (SNU GRC) are co-organizing the Governance Capacity Development Session Series on Strengthening Public Governance and Accelerating Innovation to Achieve Agenda 2030. The Session Series aims to provide a common knowledge base to discuss and share general knowledge on the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the critical importance of strengthening public governance and building effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels for SDG implementation. The Session Series will be held from 2 April to 25 June, every Friday, from 15:00 to 16:30 pm GMT+9). More information and registration are available here
 

Expert Group Meeting on the Preparations for the United Nations E-Government Survey 2022
UN DESA/DPIDG is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the preparations for the 2022 edition of the United Nations E-Government Survey, to be held virtually on 29-31 March 2021, 0800 – 1100 hrs. EST (New York time). The purpose of the meeting is to provide a platform for public administration and e-government experts to share global and regional perspectives and insights on the Future of Digital Government and how to imagine (or reimagine) it in 5, 10, 20 years’ time, with a view to capturing the key trends in digital technologies, e-government at the national and local levels, and e-participation, as well as to the review of the UN E-Government Survey and its survey methodology. The meeting will be held virtually from 29 to 31 March 2021. More information about the UN E-Government Survey is available here

 

Online Training Workshop on Effective National to Local Public Governance for SDG Implementation

UN DESA/DPIDG, through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), is organizing an Online Training Workshop on "Effective National to Local Public Governance for SDG Implementation" to pilot the Training Toolkit on the same topic. The Toolkit is part of UN DESA/DPIDG's Curriculum on Governance for SDGs. During the 2-day Training Workshop, the selected Modules from the Toolkit will be introduced to develop capacities of government officials and other stakeholders responsible for SDG localization by introducing approaches, strategies, and tools for enhancing national to local public governance for SDG implementation. The Training will include thematic presentations, sharing innovative practices, and group discussions, which will help participants apply in-depth learning into practice. The Training Workshop will take place on 23 and 30 March 2021 from 14:00 to 16:30 pm GMT+9. More information and registration are available here

 

Workshop on Transparency, Accountability and Ethics in Public Institutions with a Focus on Public Procurement

UN DESA/DPIDG and the Kenya School of Government (KSG) are co-organizing an online training workshop on piloting a Toolkit on Transparency, Accountability and Ethics in Public Institutions, developed by UN DESA/DPIDG. Selected modules from the Toolkit will be covered during an online training workshop. The Toolkit is part of UN DESA/DPIDG’s Curriculum on Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the training, participants will gain knowledge of key issues related to transparency, accountability and ethics in public institutions, discuss specific topics in small groups, exchange information on practical examples and lessons learned from other countries. The workshop will consist of a mix of presentations from guest speakers and interactive elements that engage participants and open space for discussion and exchange of experiences. Participants will be able to provide comments and feedback on the Toolkit. The workshop will be held from 24 to 25 March 2021. More information is available here
 

Innovation, Digital Government and Public Service Delivery for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean Region 

A virtual capacity development training workshop on Innovation, Digital Government and Public Service Delivery for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean Region, composed of ten facilitated webinars is organized by UN DESA/DPIDG together with the SIDS Unit of UN DESA/DSDG in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  The training is based on a Toolkit on Innovation and Digital Government for Public Service Delivery, which is part of UNDESA's Curriculum on Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals. The training aims at pilot testing the toolkit with the goal of developing the capacities of public servants to respond to the challenges of delivering public services through institutional, organizational, process and conceptual innovations. The training will focus on the various dimensions of digital government transformation, public value, systems thinking, innovation labs, action planning and road mapping. Strategies for innovation and digital change will be discussed at individual, institutional, organizational, and societal levels. The trainings will be held on 23, 24 February and 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 March 2021.  More information is available here
 

Innovating Public Governance and Leveraging Digital Technologies for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups 

During the 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development, a virtual side event is jointly organized by UN DESA/DPIDG through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. This Side Event is organized to present an online Training Toolkit on “Government Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups”. The Training Toolkit aims to build the capacities of public servants to promote government innovation for social inclusion of vulnerable groups by introducing diverse innovative approaches, strategies and experiences. The Side Event will feature an overview of the Toolkit and a panel discussion. Panelists will share their knowledge and experiences on fostering innovation for building inclusive governance and enhancing public governance capacities for social inclusion, promoting digital inclusion and leveraging digital technologies for addressing impacts of COVID-19, and building an integrated strategy for social protection at country and regional levels. The virtual side event will take place on 16 February 2021 from 8:45 to 10:00 am EST. More information and registration are available here.
 

Virtual Workshop on Sound Policymaking for Sustainable Development 
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, will hold two virtual workshops on Sound Policymaking for Sustainable Development. The first workshop on 16 February will focus on 5 African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda. The second workshop on 18 February will focus on 5 Latin American countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. In 2018, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) endorsed eleven principles of effective governance developed by the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) to enhance governance capabilities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The principles are linked to a number of strategies that operationalize responsive and effective government. The workshops focus on one of the principles: sound policymaking. Eight strategies were set out by CEPA to give effect to this principle which have been developed into policy notes by experts in the field. The workshops will discuss some of the strategies developed for sound policymaking and will feature perspectives from the field, members of CEPA, and some of the experts that contributed to the drafting of the notes. These events are primarily designed for government officials from agencies and ministries engaged in formulating, implementing and reviewing public policies. Staff of international and regional organizations and non-governmental stakeholders involved in this area are also encouraged to attend. For more information on the first virtual workshops, please visit here and for more information on the second virtual workshop, please visit here.
 

Online Training Workshop on Changing Mindsets and Strengthening Governance Capacities for Policy Coherence for a Holistic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the Arab region 
 UNDESA/DPIDG is finalizing a Curriculum on Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals. Its objective is to provide ready-to-use training material on key governance pillars needed to implement the 2030 Agenda. Within this context, two toolkits of the Curriculum, namely one on Changing Mindsets in Public Institutions and another on Institutional Capacities for Policy Coherence, are pilot tested in the Arab region. Through testing these Governance-specific toolkits, this Training Workshop aims at raising awareness and developing capacities among senior public officials from the Arab region on the need for effective institutional arrangements for holistic policy coherence in particular in the context of the development of COVID-19 response plans. It also aims at highlighting the importance of changing mindsets and key competencies needed for effective policy coherence. The training will feature guest speakers, interactive activities, group discussions and innovative practices for peer-to-peer learning. Furthermore, this workshop provides the opportunity to receive the participants’ feedback and input on these toolkits and to ascertain Member States’ demands for follow-up capacity development on these issues at the national level. The Online Training Workshop will take place on 26 and 28 January and 2 and 4 February 2021 8-10am EST each day and is organized by UNDESA in cooperation with UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA). More information is available here.
 

Webinar on Developing Institutional Capacities in Digital Transformation for a More Inclusive and Equitable Recovery 
This capacity development webinar on Developing Institutional Capacities in Digital Transformation for a More Inclusive and Equitable Recovery aims to strengthen public institutional capacities in public policymaking for digital transformation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It aims to strengthen the digital capacity of countries, especially the developing countries to participate in, and benefit from, the growing opportunities of digitalization while mitigating the risks. A special effort will be made to promote digital transformation knowledge, tools and toolkits with a view to supporting the 2030 Agenda and in responding to emergencies. The webinar will share lessons learned, including both success and failure, in address emerging requirements and challenges for policy and decision-making in the age of digital transformation.  The new Compendium of Digital Government Initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will also be discussed during the webinar. The webinar will take place from 14 to 15 December 2020 from 8am to 12pm EST. You can register here and more information is available here.
 

Institutions and Governance for Accelerating Sustainable Public Procurement 
The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) Working Group on Sustainable Public Procurement is organizing a virtual expert group meeting on institutional arrangements and governance mechanisms that could help accelerate adoption of sustainable public procurement (SPP) practices with a view to informing the Committee’s deliberations. CEPA will consider issues relating to sustainable public procurement in the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development at its 20th session in April 2021. Topics to be discussed during the meeting include scaling up peer learning, improving collaboration, using digital tools to support SPP, suggestions for legal frameworks, the role of the national/subnational context and the match between SPP institutions and governance. The meeting will be held on 24 November 2020.  More information on CEPA is available here
 

Internet Governance Forum 2020 calls for bridging digital divides, harnessing the Internet to support human resilience and build solidarity amid COVID-19

Never before has the Internet proven to be such a vital lifeline in maintaining economic and social ties, as the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The high-level segment of the Internet Governance Forum  (IGF) 2020 opened today, with participants underlining the critical importance of digital technologies in supporting human resilience and building solidarity to respond to the challenges posed by the coronavirus. “In the least developed countries, only 19 per cent of individuals were online in 2019. We are leaving a large majority behind,” noted UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin in his opening remarks, while also pointing to rifts when it comes to gender, affordable access and digital literacy. “We need solutions that help bridge the digital divides so that the benefits of digital technologies can reach those being left behind, unconnected.” Read more here

 

Regional Symposium on Effective, Inclusive and Accountable Public Institutions and Digital Government Transformation for Resilient Recovery and the SDG Implementation


The Regional Symposium on Effective, Inclusive and Accountable Public Institutions and Digital Government Transformation for Resilient Recovery and the SDG Implementation will be held from 24 to 26 November, 9 pm EDT.  The annual symposium aims to equip public institutions with the capacities necessary for sustainable and resilient recovery while focusing on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The symposium is organized by UN DESA/DPIDG, through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Government of the Republic of Korea. More information and registration are available here.  
 

Virtually Together at IGF2020 - Internet for Human Resilience and Solidarity
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15thannual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is being hosted online by the United Nations in two phases: from 2 to 6 November and from 9 to 17 November (excluding the weekends). 
Under the overarching theme ‘’Internet for human resilience and solidarity’’, the premier UN-hosted annual event will bring together over five thousand experts, leaders and stakeholders of all sectors and all parts of the world, to discuss the impact of the Internet on our lives within four key thematic tracks: (1) Data; (2) Environment; (3) Inclusion and (4) Trust. More information is available here