Capacity Building Workshop on “Adopting new approaches to e-government for SDG implementation”
Co-organized by the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) and the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation
Istanbul, Türkiye 17-18 November 2022
Venue: Hotel Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation which includes Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Türkiye, is organizing a capacity building workshop on adopting new approaches to e-government for SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) implementation. The Workshop is designed to build the capacity of relevant officials, who are responsible for shaping the digital transformation policy, for answering to the ever-growing challenges they face in implementing their respective digital transformation agendas. The Workshop will also serve as a continuation of the online Workshop conducted in March 2022, particularly to address the challenges presented during that Workshop. The Workshop is also aimed at enhancing the capacity of public officials in digital government skills, strengthening collaboration between government agencies, and promoting of production of indigenous ICT access for public officials and the educational sector.
The Workshop will be comprised of six sessions, each of which will be facilitated by competent resource persons and experts from relevant agencies.
The Organization of the Workshop
Date and Time
The UNDESA and the D-8 Organization will organize the Workshop in a face-to-face setting in Istanbul on 17-18 November 2022. The Workshop will be comprised of six sessions, each of which will be facilitated by competent resource persons and experts from relevant agencies. The proposed agenda and program of work for the Workshop is as enclosed.
The target audience of the Workshop is relevant ministries or authorities from the D-8 Member States responsible for the policy and decision-making on e-governance and digital transformation. As such, the D-8 Member States are expected to nominate two participants, preferably one at the senior management level and another from the mid-management level.
Participants are expected to actively contribute to the discussion to create a common understanding of the challenges faced by the Member States in their respective transition toward e-governance and digital public services and identify solutions and responses to those potentially arising challenges.
The Workshop aims to provide recommendations that cater to and respond to generic or specific needs from each D-8 Member State to accelerate and strengthen their digital transformation efforts.
The working language of the Workshop will be English, and no interpretation services will be provided.
Day 1 Opening Remarks
Amb. Isiaka Abdulqadir Imam, Secretary General, D8
Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, UN Resident Coordinator, Turkiye (virtual)
Mr. Juwang Zhu, Director, DPIDG
Dr. Safa Uslu, Head, International Relations Department, Digital Transformation Office, Turkiye
Day 1, Session 1
Cristina Alicia Rodriguez Acosta, Inter-Regional Adviser, Public Administration, UN DESA
Deniz Susar, Governance and Public Administration Officer, Digital Government Branch, UN DESA
Day1, Session 3
Marielza Oliveira, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring Communications and Information, UNESCO
Federica Irene Falomi, Economic Affairs Officer at UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, Turkiye
Cristina Alicia Rodriguez Acosta and Deniz Susar
Dursun Yıldırım Bayar, Head of Department, Department of Smart Cities, Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, Republic of Türkiye
Day 2, Session 4 (D8 Member State Presentations)
Participant Feedback Form (please complete upon Workshop completion)