1. 2014 Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration
The 2014 Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration was held in South Africa on the theme of "Good Governance: the position of Students, Scholars, and Practitioners" from 30 June to 4 July 2014. The Chief of DPADM’s Public Administration Capacity Branch (PACB), facilitated the meetings of the DESA/IASIA International Task Force on strengthening public administration at local level for the achievement of development agenda and made a presentation on developing public administration competences for sustainable development. The Task Force noted progress in its work with its first output, a book on the state of public administration in local governments, due to be launched in 2014. The Task Force and the Conference strongly reiterated that good governance and effective public administration capacity at international, national and local levels are critical to the achievement of post 2015 agenda, including sustainable development and recommended reinforcement in efforts to develop capacities in this regard.
2. UNPOG meets with United Nations Office for Sustainable Development Expert
Mr. Alexandru Toma, Information Systems Expert of the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) visited UNPOG on 6 July 2014 to discuss a proposed joint-training workshop tentatively titled, “E-Government and Disaster Risk Management”. The discussions touched on planning and implementation of the project addressing the agenda, date, venue, participants, and possible input from each side. Both parties agreed to collaboratively develop the project starting from jointly drafting the concept note.
3. Colombia Confirms Renewed Support for the Centre for Innovation on e-Government Development and Recognizes UN e-Government Survey 2014 as a Policy Tool
At a strategic planning seminar on DPADM’s technical cooperation project "Centre for Innovation on e-Government Development", held from 7 to 8 July 2014 in Bogota, H.E. Vice-Minister Maria Isabel Mejia confirmed the Colombian Government’s willingness to extend the project for four years, on a year-by-year basis. The Seminar discussed parameters to evaluate project impact through objective indicators, coordination with local governments in using e-government for sustainability and approaches for enhanced capacity building on e-government development, among other key strategic topics. Ms. Mejia lauded the United Nations E-Government Survey as an objective guide for the country’s national e-government policy (Vive Digital) and national development plan. IRA, Mr. Jonas Rabinovitch, made a presentation about the UN e-Government Survey 2014.
4. The European Commission Highlights the UN e-Government Survey 2014 as "Recommended Reading"
The European Commission (EC) has for the first time published the United Nations E-Government Survey 2014 on its Digital Agenda for Europe portal as recommended reading. The Digital Agenda for Europe is the first of seven flagships initiatives under Europe 2020, the European Union’s strategy to deliver smart sustainable and inclusive growth. DPADM is collaborating with the EC on the “#UNegovsurvey” social media campaign with the EC having posted several social media posts about the 2014 Survey on its Twitter and Facebook accounts. The collaboration will facilitate dissemination of information and outreach work on valuable initiatives and products of the Division.
5. Chair of Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA) presents at the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting
The Chair of CEPA, Ms. Margaret Saner presented the report of the 13th session of CEPA, held from 7 to 11 April 2014, to the Council via video conference from London. She briefed the Council on the discussions and recommendations on (i) strengthening national and local public administration institutional capacities for sustainable development management; (ii) leadership, innovation and risk management in government; (iii) professionalism and morale of the public service; and (iv) United Nations programme on public administration. Following her presentation, the Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) concurred that the points made by CEPA on ICT and e-government are in line with that of the CSTD’s findings reported on its 17th session. The work of the Internet Governance Forum which is under the supervision of the DPADM/DESA is also included on the Report of the Secretary-General for the progress made in the implementation of and follow up to the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/69/65, E/2014/12).
6. 2014 UN e-Government Survey Online Training Course
With the recent publication of the 2014 United Nations E-Government Survey and the release of the UN Public Administration Case Studies E-Government Knowledge Base, DPADM has created, as additional component of its E-Government toolkit Suite, an online training course to serve as a supplement to the biannual Survey. Through the online training course, the user will be introduced to the fundamentals of the Survey as well as the E-Government Development Index and its three components: the Online Service Index, the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index, and the Human Capital Index, which are used to determine e-Government rankings. It is available at:
7. Japanese Delegation Visits DPADM to Discuss New Information Technology (IT) Strategy
A Japanese delegation visited DPADM to share Japan’s new IT strategy and the Government’s plan to promote cohesive e-government practices in delivering public services. With a new strategy and an action plan, the Government of Japan will focus on improvement of the back end systems in order to streamline the services and coordination between various ministries. It also plans to redesign the government websites and standardise the government domain for easier use. In the areas of open government data, the Government of Japan plans to collaborate closely with the private sector for content and app development. Mr. Vincenzo Aquaro, Chief of the e-Government Branch, congratulated Japan on its continued commitment to improve e-government services and shared global trend in whole-of-government and open government data in relations to the 2014 E-Government Survey findings.
8. Prime-Minister of The Bahamas and Various Cabinet Ministers Regard UN e-Government Survey 2014 as Policy Entry Point for State Modernization
The Inter-Regional Advisor, Mr. Jonas Rabinovitch met with Prime-Minister Perry Christie and a Special Working Group including various Cabinet Members, the Attorney General, Ministers for Transportation, Security, Finance, Investment and others. One of the lessons learned from the 2014 Survey is that e-government, when combined with human resource management and civil service reform, can represent a transformative force to modernize the State. This integrated approach also promotes whole-of-government modernization within the Member States. Mr. Rabinovitch also met the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Information Technology to chart a roadmap for public administration improvement and discuss recommendations for an integrated technical cooperation initiative. Ms. Rowena Bethel, a member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration, current Director of The Bahamas National Insurance Board at the Office of the Prime-Minister, has also been facilitating and participating in meetings as she is familiar with DPADM’s work programme in linking normative, analytical and capacity development pillars in the field.
9. In-House Seminar on the System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN SWAP)
On 24 July 2014, DPADM invited Ms. Aparna Mehrotra, UN Women's Senior Adviser on Coordination and Focal Point for Women in the UN System and Ms. Monica Dyer, Interagency Coordination Specialist, to present the system-wide action plan for the implementation of the CEB policy on gender equality and empowerment of women (UN SWAP). The purpose of the Seminar was to brief DPADM staff about this unified accountability framework on which the UN system needs to continue collaborating as requested by ECOSOC in 2014. It was also about understanding whether DPADM could adopt the same framework to support United Nations Member States public sector institutions to strengthen their responsiveness and accountability in gender mainstreaming. Ms. Aparna Mehrotra welcomed DPADM’s collaboration with UN Women to recognize of excellence and innovative practices in gender responsive delivery of public services through the UN Public Service Awards. She also praised the practice adopted by the Division to track gender representation for capacity development activities. The Division aims to have 15% or more female participation in its activities whenever possible.