Department of Economic and Social Affairs Public Institutions

 

United Nations, New York
8 - 12 April 2019 

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration will hold its eighteenth session at the United Nations in New York from 8 to 12 April 2019.

 


Committee of Experts on Public Administration, 18th session

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration held its eighteenth session at the United Nations in New York from 8 to 12 April 2019 with the overall theme of “Building strong institutions for equal and inclusive societies.” 


The official report is available in six languages:

Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish 


Resolution adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the report of the 18th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (E/RES/2019/26)

Arabic  |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish 


Decision adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the provisional agenda for the 19th session of CEPA (2019/229)

Arabic  |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish


A key message of the session was that building equal and inclusive societies and leaving no one behind requires addressing the deep inequalities that exist in many countries. This in turn may require institutions at all levels to play a greater role in promoting and enforcing non-discriminatory laws and policies.

 

The Committee also emphasized the critical role of institutions in achieving all of the SDGs and examined progress, identified prospects and recommended actions for advancing implementation of institutional aspects of SDG 16 at the national and subnational levels. It was recognized that in-depth reviews of this Goal could be strengthened by stronger evidence of governance capacities and analysis of trends in many areas, taking into account important linkages between SDG 16 and all SDGs. Azerbaijan, Chile, Croatia, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Iceland, Indonesia, Liechtenstein and Uruguay made presentations on various institutional challenges and solutions as part of an interactive dialogue with the experts.


The Committee also revisited the principles of effective governance for sustainable development with a view to their operationalization. This would entail further work on elaboration of commonly used strategies, as well as collecting further evidence of what works and does not work and under which circumstances. It would call for engagement of experts and all relevant stakeholders, as well as linking the principles with work on governance indicators with a view to contributing to strengthening the analytical basis for assessing the impact of reform policies.


The Committee underlined that peaceful and inclusive societies and effective and accountable institutions of justice are associated with the legal empowerment of the poor as well as the non-linear and process-oriented approaches to security sector reform and peacebuilding. These approaches are more effective in solving the root causes of conflict, ensuring inclusive transitional justice and upholding rule of law in the long-run and through meaningful engagement of all sectors of society, including particularly women and vulnerable groups.

 

The Committee further underlined that enhancing the capacity of the public sector in core functional areas of administration requires new capacities and skills to effectively implement the SDGs, while traditional public sector competencies remain relevant. The Committee pointed to the enabling role that critical, complexity, futures and design thinking in addition to deliberative skills and emotional intelligence and appropriate use of frontier technologies, can play in delivering innovative public services and achieving the SDGs.


The Committee recalled that strengthening fiscal management at the national and subnational levels is integral to implementation of the SDGs and highlighted that sound fiscal management entails full ownership of domestic flows, reduction of illicit financial flows and corruption, strengthened fiscal transparency through open and collaborative budgeting processes, participatory and performance-based budgeting, and fiscal decentralization commensurate with subnational institutional capacity and arrangements in a given country.


The Committee adopted a draft resolution and a draft decision for the consideration of the Economic and Social Council. The Committee also prepared a contribution to the 2019 high-level political forum on the governance and public administration aspects of empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

 

 

Decision adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the provisional agenda for the 18th session of CEPA (2018/237)

Arabic  |  Chinese |  English |  French |  Russian |  Spanish  

 

Documents

Delegates are encouraged to download available documents and also carry along their laptops, tablets or other mobile devices to the meeting so as to access new documents.

 

  • Report of the 18th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (E/2019/44-E/C.16/2019/8)
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  • Item 2: Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters (E/C.16/2019/1)

  • Item 3: Enhancing the capacity of the public sector in core functional areas of administration (E/C.16/2019/2)
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      Conference room paper on enhancing the capacity of the public sector in core functional areas of administration: African perspective

      English

     

  • Item 4: Governance and public administration aspects of empowering people to build equal and inclusive societies for the twenty-first century (E/C.16/2019/3)
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        Conference room paper on the use of tax records for the achievement of the SDGs

        English

       

    • Item 5: Relating the principles of effective governance for sustainable development to practices and results (E/C.16/2019/4)
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               Framework for the Praia City Group handbook on governance statistics

               English

           

        • Item 6: Building institutions to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and provide access to justice for all (E/C.16/2019/5)

        • Conference room paper on collecting and spending money in such a manner as to best empower people and ensure inclusivity and equality

          English

           

        • Item 7: Strengthening fiscal management at the national and subnational levels (E/C.16/2019/6)

        • Item 8: Stocktaking of progress on Sustainable Development Goal 16
              • Progress on institutional aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 16: access to information, transparency, participation and accountability (E/C.16/2019/7)
              Contributions to Call for Inputs
              • The content of and the views expressed in the written statements are those of the NGO and do not imply any expression of opinion on the part of the United Nations.
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              • Item 3: Enhancing the capacity of the public sector in core functional areas of administration

                   - Public Services International

               - Administrative Staff College of India


              • Item 4: Governance and public administration aspects of empowering people to build equal and inclusive societies for the twenty-first century

                   Centre Africain de Recherche Industrielle (CARI)


              • Item 5: Relating the principles of effective governance for sustainable development to practices and results

                   German Research Institute for Public Administration


              • Item 6: Building institutions to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and provide access to justice for all

                   Hellenic Association of Political Scientists

               

              • Item 8: Stocktaking of progress on Sustainable Development Goal 16

                   Latin American Center for Development Administration (CLAD)

               


               

              Participants
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              Monday 8 April 

              Morning meeting

              Afternoon meeting 

               

              Tuesday 9 April 

              Morning meeting

              Afternoon meeting 


              Wednesday 10 April 

              Morning meeting

              Afternoon meeting 


              Thursday 11 April 

              Morning meeting

              Afternoon meeting 

               

              Friday 12 April 

              Morning meeting

              Afternoon meeting 

               

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              Updated on morning, 11 April

              Contacts
              Mr. Patrick Spearing, Secretary of the Committee
              Tel: 1-212-963-3352
              E-mail: spearing@un.org

              Mrs. Peride Blind, Governance and Public Administration Officer
              Tel: 1-212-963-2837
              E-mail: blind@un.org

              Ms. Adriana Ribeiro, Information Management Assistant
              Tel: 1-212-963-2764
              E-mail: ribeiroa@un.org

              CEPA Bureau Members

              Chair: 

              Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi (South Africa)

               

              Vice-Chairs:

              Geert Bouckaert (Belgium)

              Ali Bin Hamsa (Malaysia)

              Joan Mendez (Trinidad and Tobago)

               

              Rapporteur:

              Louis Meuleman (Netherlands)