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7th Session

United Nations, New York
14-18 April 2008

The seventh session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration was held at United Nations Headquarters from 14 to 18 April 2008.
CEPA Bureau Members
  • Chairperson:  The Honorable Jocelyne Bourgon (Canada), President Emeritus of the Canada School of Public Service

  • Vice-Chairperson:  Ms. Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi (South Africa), Minister for Public Service and Administration of South Africa

  • Vice-Chairperson:  Mr. Taher H. Kanaan (Jordan), Executive Vice-President of The Higher Council for Science and Technology in Amman, Jordan and the Managing Director of the Jordan Centre for Public Policy Research and Dialogue

  • Vice-Chairperson:  Mr. Wang Xiaochu (China), Vice-Minister of Personnel of the People's Republic of China

  • Vice-Chairperson:  Dr. Luis F. Aguilar Villanueva (Mexico), Professor of Public Policy and Management at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)

  • Rapporteur:  Dr. Werner Jann (Germany), Chair for Political Science, Administration and Organization at the University of Potsdam

Summary of Resolutions
The Economic and Social Council:
  • Encourages Member States to continue to strengthen their capacities to better utilize the various aid modalities and to disseminate the understanding and implementation of capacity-building as a judicious combination of institution-building and human resource development, whereby people, organizations, States and society as a whole develop and maintain their ability to manage their public affairs successfully through, among other means, fostering public participation in governance and development processes, harnessing the potential of information and communications technology to promote people-centred development, effectively combining decentralization and centralization policies, and forging regional and national partnerships with institutions of public administration to provide needed training;

  • Reiterates that Member States should monitor more closely the progress made towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and prepare an inventory of good administrative policies implemented to support the Goals, including the necessary capacities, institutional development aspects and strategic visions concerning a modern civil service; and that the United Nations system, particularly the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other concerned United Nations bodies, support such efforts; that in capacity-building for post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, continuity of administration and public services, coherence of the public sector and the inclusion of different groups working together in multiple sectors are important prerequisites; and that in capacity-building for post-disaster and crisis situations, an international research and evaluation process should be established to better distil and share the lessons learned;

  • Requests the Secretariat to enhance its support for capacity-building, including in the public sector, ensuring that available resources are adequate and existing resource levels are maintained.
Conference Papers

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

  • Address by Mr Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (Video) (Text)
  • Remarks by Mr. Josef Moser, Secretary-General of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and the President of the Court of Audit of Austria (Video) (Text)
  • Remarks by Ms. Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi, Minister of Public Service and Administration of South Africa (Video) (Text)
  • Remarks by Professor Marc Holzer, Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University and former President of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) (Video)
  • Remarks by Dr. Zhou Hongren, Vice Chairman, National Information and Technology Commission of the Republic of China (Video | PDF)
  • Remarks by Dr. Alejandro Carrillo Castro, Honorary President of the National Institute of Public Administration (Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública, INAP) in Mexico (Video) - Presentation of Mr. Guido Bertucci

Day 4


Mr. Guido Bertucci, Director, DPADM, UNDESA
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Ms. Elia Armstrong, Secretary of the Committee
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E-mail: armstronge@un.org

Ms. Grace Simonetti, Administrative Assistant
Tel: 1-212-963-9863; Fax: 1-212-963-9681

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