Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is recognized by SDG 16 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda also recognized that governments have the primary responsibility for implementing the SDGs and ensuring follow-up and review over the coming 15 years, at the national, regional and global levels. One of the first steps governments take to implement the Agenda is often to shape the institutional arrangements for steering the implementation of the SDGs and reviewing progress.


Public administration - the cornerstone of government’s work- plays an essential and critical role in improving people’s lives. Reinventing public administration is a positive and necessary way forward. Without public administration modernization and transformation to adapt to today’s needs, realizing a better future for all will be impossible. Where capable administrations are lacking, governments are incapacitated; and where governments are incapacitated, sustainable development falls short.


This vision will guide the work of our division. It will assist countries in readying their institutions and public administrations for realizing the SDGs and in making those effective, transparent, accountable and inclusive. The division delivers this work through conducting analytical work and research, supporting the Committee of Experts on Public Administration and building capacities of countries who request it.


  • 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Institutions and Sustainable Development Goal Implementation
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  • Policy Brief - Overview of institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda at national level

  • Building trust in government in pursuit of the sustainable development goals - the case of Nicaragua (E/C.16/2015/2)
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    Promoting accountable institutions, ethical leadership and integrity to enhance confidence in efforts to deliver sustainable development (E/C.16/2015/5)
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    Report of the expert group meeting on policy integration in government in pursuit of the sustainable development goals, New York, 28 and 29 January 2015 (E/C.16/2015/CRP.2)