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Regional Symposium on Strengthening Capacities of Public Institutions
Start Date/Time:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
End Date/Time:
Friday, October 26, 2018
Recurring Event:
One time event
Importance:
Normal Priority
Registration Type:
By Invitation
Description:

Regional Symposium on "Strengthening Capacities of Public Institutions and Developing Effective Partnerships to Realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Description:

 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions” (A/RES/70/1, para. 35). Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda specifically calls for effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.


The 2030 Agenda also encourages all United Nations Member States to “develop as soon as practicable ambitious national responses to the overall implementation of this Agenda". The SDGs and the commitments contained in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the SAMOA Pathway, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and other agreements made at the UN are interrelated and mutually reinforcing. They need to be implemented in a complementary and synergistic way. Institutions need new capacities and knowledge to provide integrated support to implementation and to “leave no one behind”.

Many governments in Asia and the Pacific have made good progress in implementing the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They have been adapting the SDG targets to their national circumstances and priorities and incorporating them in their policies and development plans where applicable. They are adapting their institutions, engaging local governments, parliaments and other actors in some cases; and identifying follow-up and review structures.  The SDGs, as an integrated framework, call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches, and this exercise informs implementation efforts.


Good practices, lessons and challenges are already emerging. These were discussed at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2016 when 22 countries from all regions carried out the first voluntary national reviews. The discussions continued at the HLPF in July 2017 for which 43 countries presented their national follow-up and review. Forty-six countries presented their national review during the 2018 HLPF, which concluded with a Ministerial Declaration. On that occasion, Member States reiterated their commitment to eradicating poverty, expressing concern that poverty remains a principle cause of hunger, and stressed the importance of taking collective measures to make an impact, among other goals. An increasing number of countries in the region, including some countries in special situations such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Fiji, and Laos, presented their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. They shared good practices, lessons learned and challenges in their efforts to implement the SDGs. In 2019, the HLPF will review SDG 16 on effective, inclusive and accountable institutions.


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) has organized several regional Symposiums on the theme of equipping public institutions for implementing the 2030 Agenda, including in Bolivia, Bahamas, Ethiopia and the Republic of Korea.

Against this backdrop, UN-DESA’s Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), is organizing the 2nd Regional Asia-Pacific Symposium in Incheon, Republic of Korea, with support from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and Incheon City Government of the Republic of Korea.


Objective:

The Symposium will provide a platform for decision-makers to discuss challenges and share knowledge on how to strengthen public governance and bolster capacities of public institutions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Asia and the Pacific. Selected Eastern Africa countries will also benefit from the discussions.


The event is expected to achieve the following goals:


  1. Enhanced capacities of public servants to design and establish effective, inclusive and accountable institutions in support of Agenda 2030.
  2. Enhanced capacity of public servants to engage in North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation among Asian and African countries.


Participants:

 

The Symposium will bring together participants from the Asia and the Pacific region and selected countries from Eastern Africa, including senior government officials from various ministries, as well as participants from regional and international organizations, the private sector, civil society organizations, and academia.

 

Aside from international participants, other government officials, academics, think tanks, private sector, NGOs, experts, practitioners and policy makers from Korea will be invited to contribute to and participate in the Symposium as well.


Venue: 

 

The Regional Symposium will be held at the G -Tower, Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea.


Documents:

 

Aide Memoire

Agenda 

Information Note 


For information please contact: 


UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)

 

Chae Gun Chung

Head, United Nations Project Office on Governance

Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG)

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Tel: +82 70 4230 7336

Email: chaegun.chung@un.org


Adriana Alberti

Chief, Capacity Development Unit

Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG)

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Tel: +1 212 963 2299

Email: alberti@un.org


Keping Yao

Governance and Public Administration Officer

United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG)

Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG)

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Tel: +82 70 4230 7821

Email: yaok@un.org


Mi Kyoung Park 

Associate Research and Policy Analysis Expert

United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG)

Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG)

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Tel: +82 70 4230 7339

Email: mikyoung.park@un.org

 

PROGRAMME AND SESSION PRESENTATIONS


DAY 1


Site Visit

 

Meeting of the Schools of Public Administration in Asia and the Pacific on “Equipping public servants with the capacities to implement the SDGs” 


Plenary Session I: “Taking stock of the Implementation of SDG 16 on Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions in Asia and the Pacific – Lessons Learned and Good Practices”

Public institutions and their cross-cutting roles in SDG implementation

Ms. Adriana Alberti, Chief, Capacity Development Unit, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)


Regional progress of SDG implementation – challenges and constraints in governance capacities

Ms. Katinka Weinberger, Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, Environment and Development Division, UN ESCAP


Inclusive governance and progress made on SDG Implementation

Mr. Kanya Khammoungkhoun, Deputy Director General of the International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR 

Mr. Sherub Gyeltshen, Senior Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan (2018 VNR)

Mr. Davaasuren Avirmed, Adviser on Implementation of SDGs and Sustainable Development Vision, National Development Agency, Mongolia 


Interactive Session on Lessons Learned and Good Practices SDG Implementation (with a focus on Goal 16)

Guiding Questions


Plenary Session II– Part A: “Effective Public Institutions and Digital Government for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

Introduction of 2018 UN E-Government Survey: Policy Implications for SDG Implementation

Ms. Adriana Alberti, Chief, Capacity Development Unit, DPIDG/UN DESA 


Frontier technologies for the SDGs and enabling government for a digital transformation

Mr. Ahn Moon Suk, Professor, Department of Public Administration, Korea University

Mr. Haogang Zhu, Member of Advisory Board, E-Government Committee, China 

Mr. Yun Chang Hee, Director, Department of ICT Platform & Services, Information Technology Planning Team, National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea

Mr. Mustain Billah, Deputy Secretary, Department of ICT, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology,Bangladesh


Transforming capacities of public institutions for future governance

Mr. Dasho Karma Tshiteem, Chairman, Royal Civil Service Commission, Bhutan


DAY 2

High-level Session 


Official Remarks

Mr. Kim Boo Kyum, Minister, Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Republic of Korea

Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Welcoming Remarks

Mr. Park Jun-Ha, Vice Mayor for Administrative Affairs, Incheon Metropolitan City


Keynote Speeches

Mr. Ahn Moon Suk, Professor, Department of Public Administration, Korea University

Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural & Marine Development and National Disaster Management, Fiji

 

Plenary Session II– Part B: “Effective Public Institutions and Digital Government for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on public governance, the citizen-government interface, and multi-stakeholder collaboration

Mr. Dong-seok Kang, Vice President, National Information Society Agency, Korea 

Mr. Shuliang Wang, Executive Dean, Beijing Institute of Technology, China 

Mr. Danil Kerimi, Head of Information Technology and Electronics Industries, World Economic Forum

Ms. Altyn Alimkhanova, Head of the sector of digitalization in industries, Department on Industrial Innovative Development, Prime-Minister’s Office, Kazakhstan 


Digital transformation and development challenges: Making the Most of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Africa by 2030

Mr. Rajnesh Singh, Managing Director, Internet Society

Mr. Sunil Geness, Director, Global Digital Government, SAP Africa

 

The future of cooperation partnerships between developed and developing countries

Mr. Mohammad Hadi Hedayati, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Afghanistan


Plenary Session III: “Inclusive institutions for SDG implementation: Ensuring Inclusion and Participation in Decision Making of the Poorest and Most Vulnerable Groups”

Ms. Ye-eun Kang (2018 Speech Contest Winner, Youth representative on Migrants Inclusion), Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korean


Parallel Breakout Groups - Session III 


Group I: Youth engagement in public governance

Ms. Sara Thapa Magar, UNDP 2030 Youth Force Ambassador, Nepal

Mr. Ganendra Awang Kristandya, UNDP 2030 Youth Force Ambassador, Indonesia


Group II: Women’s inclusion and participation

Ms. Roshni Sen, Principal Secretary, Government of West Bengal, UNPSA 2017 Winner, India 

Ms. Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom, Emeritus Professor, Chulalongkorn University, UNPSA 2018 Winner, Thailand 

Mr. Jollam Banda, Director for Economic Planning, Ministry of Financing, Economic Planning and Development, Malawi

Ms. Arifah Sharifuddin, Senior Manager, eRezeki Operations, System & eLadang, MDEC 


Group III: Ensuring the inclusiveness and participation of older persons: Addressing the challenges of Ageing Societies

Ms. Susana Concordo Harding, Director, International Longevity Centre, Tsao Foundation, Singapore

Mr. Kwangwan Ko, Assistant Governor, Jeollanamdo Province, Republic of Korea – UNPSA Case on Inclusive Transport for Ageing Communities

 

DAY 3


Plenary Session IV: “Accountable Institutions for SDG implementation: Data, Statistics and Analytics for Monitoring, Review and Follow-up”

Introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 

Ms. Adriana Alberti, Chief, Capacity Development Unit, DPIDG, UN DESA 

Mr. Cesar Melito dos Santos Martins, Chief of Statistics International Cooperation and SDGs Focal Point, Timor-Leste 

Mr. Eka Chandra Buana, Director for Macro Planning and Statistical Analysis, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia 

Mr. Salvo Tchamo, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Mozambique

 

Plenary Session V: “Public Governance Innovations to Strengthen Resilience”

Parallel Breakout Groups - Session V 


Group I: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategies and Climate Change Adaptation 

Ms. Sarah Wade-Apicella, UNISDR

Mr. Patrick Van Laake, Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Green Climate Fund

Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural & Marine Development and National Disaster Management, Fiji

Mr. Basanta Shrestha, Director for Strategic Cooperation, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal  

 

Group II: Digital Government and Technological Innovations for Resilient and Sustainable Societies

Mr. John Jack, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Prime Minister, Vanuatuohn Jack

Mr. Anitelu Toimoana, Director of Information and Technology, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications, Tonga 

Mr. Siope Vakataki 'Ofa, Economic Affairs Officer, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UNESCAP

 

Group III: Effective Financing for Resilience

Mr. Samuel Ieremia, Assistant CEO, Economic Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Finance, Samoa

Ms. Janie Rioux, Senior Specialist, Division for Mitigation and Adaptation, Green Climate Fund

Ms. Gina Bonne, Chief of Mission, Indian Ocean Commission

Mr. Lawrence Hoomyung Lee, Advisor to Executive Director, AfDB 


Plenary Session VI - Partnership-Building Session 


Capacity Needs Assessment for SDG Implementation in Asia and the Pacific and Eastern Africa

Mr. Keping Yao, Governance and Public Administration Expert, UNPOG, DPIDG, UN DESA

 

Capacity Development Dialogue

Ms. Adriana Alberti, Chief, Capacity Development Unit, DPIDG, UN DESA

Ms. Stefania Senese, Governance and Public Administration Officer, DPIDG, UN DESA

Mr. Youngsam Ma, Director, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju

Ms. Togzhan Akhmetzhanova, Specialist on Partnership, UNDP Astana Civil Service Hub

Mr. Hong Gu Jeon, NIA E-government Global Academy

Mr. Sunil Geness, Director, Global Digital Government, SAP Africa

 

Closing Session

Mr. Il Jae Kim, Deputy Minister for Government Innovation and Organization Management, Republic of Korea

Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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