Events
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

At a Glance 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

 

 

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