Small Island Developing States Symposium
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was held on 21-23 February 2017. The Symposium was opened by The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. It was well attended by ministers and high-level officials from 40 over SIDS and other countries. A total of about 250 international and local participants contributed to the overarching focus of the Symposium - “equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”, with five thematic sessions surrounding topics of integrated implementation, institutions, mobilizing ICTS, monitoring and reviewing, and partnerships. The Symposium was conducted through dialogues and interactions among governments and various stakeholders from the civil society, private sector, international and regional organizations and close to 20 UN entities, through a mix of breakout discussions, show-and-tells, flash presentations, and plenary round-tables. Read more.
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.Read more.
Expert meeting in preparation for HLPF 2017 Readying institutions and policies for integrated approaches to implementation of the 2030 Agenda
The expert meeting on “Readying institutions for integrated approaches to the 2030 Agenda” took place from 14 to 16 December 2016 at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna.
The meeting reflected on the interlinkages among the seven SDGs to be reviewed by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2017 (poverty, hunger, health, gender, infrastructure, oceans and means of implementation) and how public institutions and policies can best deal with these interlinkages. Read more.
The Role of Governments and All Stakeholders in Mobilizing ICTs for Sustainable Development
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.
Highlights of the discussion on the 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Institutions and Sustainable Development Goal Implementation
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.