• USG Mr. Wu Hongbo with DPADM staff during the 14 Session of CEPA held 20 - 24 April 2015 at the UN headquarters in New York. More pictures here.


  • ASG Mr. Lenni Montiel speaking during the UNPSA 2015 forum held 23 June in Colombia. More pictures here.


  • Panelists at the 14th session of CEPA held 20 - 24 April 2015 in New York. More pictures here.


  • Winners of UNPSA 2015 photographed with ASG Mr. Lenni Montiel. More pictures here.

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United Nations calls for Public Service Awards Nominations for 2017
New York, 13 January 2017 - The United Nations has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA), aimed at promoting and recognizing innovation and excellence in public services supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the transformative agenda to boost prosperity around the world and ensure that no one is left behind. 

 

“From the perspective of public service delivery, the principle of leaving no one behind means not only ensuring equitable access to quality services but also empowering the poorest and most vulnerable communities to take part in decisions that affect their lives every day,” said Mr. Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. “Public servants can help find better ways to reach the poorest and most vulnerable and respond to their needs.” Read more.


Role of governments and stakeholders in mobilizing ICTs for sustainable development

Speakers underlined that ICT have a huge potential to help accelerate progress towards the SDGs, even though they are not a short cut to development. They shared examples showing that technology can save lives and protect people, countries and their economies. One such example relates to predicting future disease outbreaks by compiling multiple variable through ICT. This can allow more proactive health measures. Read more.


The Second Committee Side Event by DESA/DPADM
13 Oct 2016 New York - The Second Committee met for a side event on "The Role of Governments and All Stakeholders in Mobilizing ICTs for Sustainable Development” organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The panelists and speakers emphasized the tremendous role ICTs can play for achieving the 2030 Agenda. At the same time, while digital technologies have spread rapidly globally, the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind. Read more.

Building Capacities of Public Institutions for Implementing the SDGs

High Level Political Forum Side event “Building Capacities of Public Institutions for Implementing the SDGs: Concrete Challenges and Potential Solutions” was co-organised by the UNDESA/DPADM-DSD and by the UNDP/SPU-SDC at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20 July 2016. Adopting an interactive format and a targeted focus on public institutions, the event led to the outlining of specific implementation challenges and capacity gaps faced by Member States in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It showed the sincere resolve of countries in implementing the SDGs and concluded that inclusive and effective public administration and public institutions are the key drivers SDG implementation. SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions received particular attention as a precursor to sustainable development, particularly in the context of post-conflict countries, while SDG 13 on climate change, SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production, and SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth also constituted the core of the implementation challenges. The event was attended by ministerial-level representatives from Somalia, Germany, Estonia, g7+ as well as senior representatives from the World Bank and the United Nations system, including the UNDP Administrator, UNDP/UN and UNEP Assistant Secretary Generals and senior researchers and experts working on sustainable development. Click here for more information.


2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Institutions and Sustainable Development
This note by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs summarizes the 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development deliberations on Sustainable Development Goal implementation from an institutional perspective. Read more.

Overview of Institutional Arrangements for Implementing the 2030 Agenda at National Level
This zero draft  policy brief by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides an overview of institutional arrangements for national level implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It looks at the summaries of the first 22 national voluntary reviews submitted to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The brief aims at taking stock of the various approaches countries are currently taking as well as identifying common characteristics and challenges. Read more.

The United Nations E-Government Survey 2016 is Now Available in Chinese
The United Nations E-Government Survey 2016: E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development is now available in Chinese. The Survey presents a systematic assessment of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to transform the public sector by enhancing its efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, inclusiveness and supporting access to public services and citizen participation. 

 

Click here to download the United Nations E-Government Survey 2016 in Chinese.


Official Launch of the 2016 United Nations E-Government Survey
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs through the Division for Public Administration and Development Management is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2016: E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development.


The UN E-Government Survey 2016 offers a snapshot of trends in the development of e-government in countries across the globe. According to the Survey more governments are embracing information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver services and to engage people in decision-making processes in all regions of the world. The 2016 UN E-Government Survey provides new evidence that e-government has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). 


The Survey indicates a positive global trend towards higher levels of e-government development as countries in all regions are increasingly embracing innovation and utilizing new ICTs to deliver services and engage people in decision-making processes. It underscores that one of the most important new trends is the advancement of people-driven services - services that reflect people’s needs and are driven by them. At the same time, disparities remain within and among countries. Lack of access to technology, poverty and inequality prevent people from fully taking advantage of the potential of ICTs and e-government for sustainable development. 


Please click on the links below to view: 
Press Release     E-Government Database    Publication


SAI crucial in ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of the SDGs
New York 20 July 2016 - The Permanent Missions of Austria and the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions jointly organised a High-Level Roundtable on “The contribution of Supreme Audit Institutions to ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of the SDGs”. Read More

UN Highlighted Importance of Public Service in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

New York, 23 June — Emphasizing the critical role that public institutions must play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations marked 2016 United Nations Public Service Day today by focusing on how to mobilize public institutions for the implementation of the SDGs.. Read more.


UN Project Office on Governance – Phase II

On 2 June 2016  Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Mr. Wu Hongbo and the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Korea H.E. Mr. Yun-Sik Hong signed an agreement to extend the UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) for the next 15 years. Read more.


2016 WSIS Forum
The 2016 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum was held in Geneva on 2-6 May 2016 with the theme of WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). DPADM/UNDESA convened two meetings as facilitators of the WSIS action lines C1 on the role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development and C11 on International and Regional Cooperation and action line C7 on e-Government. The themes of meetings are “The Role of Public Authorities and Global/Regional Cooperation in Ensuring that No One is Left Behind in the Information Society” and “How e-Government can ensure that no one is left behind in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. For more information about the WSIS Forum, including the outcome document and the overall theme, please click here.

EGM on "Moving from commitments to results in building effective, accountable...
DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Moving from commitments to results in building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” on 17-18 February, 2016, at UN Headquarters, New York.
The meeting brought together international experts to elicit expert views on how to move from commitments to results in building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This subject is a reflection of the commitment of the international community to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including its Goal 16.
Insights from the meeting will feed into the work of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), especially, its fifteenth session, which will take place from 18-22 April, 2016.Click here for more information.

Promotion of an Inclusive and Accountable Public Administration for Sustainable Development

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. The symposium was organized by the Government of Plurinational State of Bolivia, together with DPADM/UNDESA, in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). 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 symposium resulted in a communique. For more information about the symposium, click here.


Accountable public administration for sustainable development

Without an inclusive and accountable public administration, it is unlikely that the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development will be achieved. To share knowledge of innovative practices and lessons learned on how to build such an administration, UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is hosting a symposium in Cochamba, Bolivia on 16-17 March. We asked Marion Barthelemy, Acting Director of DPADM, and Adriana Alberti, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer of DPADM, to share their views on the role of public administration in sustainable development. Read more


15th Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) 18-22 April, New York

The 15th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 18-22 April with the theme of Moving from commitments to results: transforming public institutions to facilitate inclusive policy formulation and integration in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. Discussion will be held under the subthemes of: a) Ensuring prioritization and decision-making that is fair, responsive, inclusive, participatory and accountable at all levels; b) Improving engagement and communication between Governments and stakeholders, including through access to information, open government and electronic and mobile solutions; c) Ensuring effective and innovative implementation, monitoring and impact evaluation of the policies identified in support of the Sustainable Development Goals; d) Strengthening the confidence of citizens in the effectiveness, validity and integrity of public administration through enhanced, targeted efforts to use good governance to prevent, expose and deal with corruption; and e) Developing transformative leadership and enhancing relevant competencies of public servants. For more information on 15th Session of CEPA, click here

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