The Committee of Experts on Public Administration held its fifteenth session at the United Nations in New York from 18 to 22 April 2016. The main subject of discussion was transforming public institutions for integrated and inclusive policy making and review of the SDGs. The Committee decided to firmly place the SDGs at the centre of its work, with particular attention to Goal 16.
The Committee observed that the SDGs give renewed urgency to addressing some intractable challenges of public administration. Among them is realizing the core principle of leaving no one behind. The principle is closely connected to efforts to promote diversity and non-discrimination, as well the rights of access to public service on general terms of equality and participation in the public affairs of one’s country. The Committee agreed to convey an input on this topic to the thematic review of the 2016 High-Level Political Forum.
In addition to its contribution to the HLPF, the Committee prepared a draft resolution for ECOSOC on the report of the fifteenth session. The Committee noted that there should be a clear framework for sharing responsibilities between national and local government – the local level has a major role in implementation and should have adequate resources and capacities. At the same time, integrated policies for implementation of the SDGs have a better chance of succeeding if their formulation and implementation both engage all relevant stakeholders and are driven by an institution with sufficient authority.
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