1. First Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) Meeting for the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
The first Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group Meeting for the 2015 IGF preparatory process took place on 1-3 December 2014 at the ITU headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the 2014 IGF, looking at what worked well and what did not, and to start preparations for the 2015 IGF. Ms. Aysel Kandemir, Chief ICT Expert at the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, Turkey and Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil served as honorary co-chairs of the meeting. Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš from Latvia moderated the meeting as chair of the MAG. The Chief of DMB represented UN DESA and the Technology and Programme Manager represented the IGF Secretariat. The meeting was webcasted on the IGF website. Live text streaming as well as remote participation were available for all interested stakeholders. More than 90 registered participants attended the three-day session.
2. DPADM Participated Remotely in the Workshop on "The Economic and Social Councils and similar Institutions (ESC-SIs) practices as dynamic actors of change, promotion of civil dialogue and participatory democracy for better governance"
On 11 December 2014, DPADM participated remotely in the workshop on "The Economic and Social Councils and similar Institutions (ESC-SIs) practices as dynamic actors of change, promotion of civil dialogue and participatory democracy for better governance". This event was organised by the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) and the Economic Social and Environmental Council of Morocco, in Rabat, Morocco. DPADM intervened as a panellist in the session on "How to strengthen the role of ESC-SIs to promote civil dialogue for better governance?”. Using the findings of the United Nations Public Administration Country Studies (UNPACS), the role of the ESCs in promoting citizen engagement and participatory governance was highlighted.
3. DPADM Participates at ICTQatar Open Data Conference
The keynote address at the ICTQatar Open Data Conference held in Doha on 3 December 2014 was delivered by an Interregional Adviser. He made a presentation on e-government based on the results of the 2014 United Nations E Government Survey, and was part of the discussion panel on how to improve open data in the region and specifically in Qatar. He also met with senior members of the ICTQatar team to discuss future cooperation, which was agreed in principle. DPADM had agreed to provide support to ICTQatar in organizing an Open Data workshop for high-level officials and policy-makers of the Government of Qatar.
4. Colombia Hosts E-Government Week 2014
E-Government Week was held in Cartagena, Colombia from 3-5 December 2014 through its organizing sponsors: the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Colombia (MINTIC) in partnership with DESA, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of American States (OAS), and GEALC Network. DPADM, represented by an Interregional Advisor made a presentation at the Ministerial segment of the Plenary on the United Nations E-Government Survey 2014. He met with Minister Diego Molano Vega of MINTIC regarding the extension of the Project “Centre for Innovation on e Government Development”, which was funded by Colombia, and held inter governmental consultations about the United Nations E Government Survey 2016 with the theme, “E-Government for Sustainable Development” with Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Inter American Development Bank, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay. He delivered the opening statement at the E-xperience Conference 2014 and at the Marathon on e Applications for Peace which gathered about 100 of the most awarded young ICT programmers of Colombia. The series of bilateral meetings he held with various Member States resulted in invitations for advisory services and cooperation with Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay.
5. Preparatory Meeting for South East European (SEE) Ministerial Forum held in Belgium
A preparatory meeting for the South East European Ministerial Forum planned for spring of 2015 within the framework of South East Europe 2020 Strategy (eSEE) was held at the Liaison Office of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat in Brussels on 9-10 December 2014. DPADM participated remotely and made a presentation on the role of DESA in advancing global e government agendas. The meeting brought together over 25 mid-to-high level government officials from the SEE countries and a number of development partner representatives such as UNDP, OECD, EU-DG Connect, EU-DG Enlargement.
6. Meeting Between Mr. Wu and H.E. Ambassador Martin Sajdik
On 5 December 2015, DESA Under-Secretary-General received H.E. Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Austria to the UN and current President of ECOSOC. DPADM OIC also attended the meeting. Mr. Wu and Ambassador Sajdik agreed to co-organize a High Level Panel (HLP) on the role of supreme audit institutions in promoting efficiency, accountability, and transparency for the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The HLP will be held on 21 January 2015. Within the context of the topic, the meeting will focus on the global partnership and means of implementation. DPADM will be the focal point for the organization the Panel.
7. Visit from the Quality of Government Institute
A team of researchers from the Department of Political Science of the Swedish Quality of Government Institute visited the Division on Monday, 8 December and briefed DPADM on the recent research undertaken to study the effects of Quality of Government on a number of public administration policy areas. The results of the presented survey well complement with the analytical work of the Division and the possibilities of cooperation in the areas of common interest were also discussed among other things with the researchers.
8. The UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) holds Annual Roundtable on Promoting Good Governance
UNPOG organised its second roundtable meeting on 4 December 2014 where the accomplishments of the Project Office for 2014 as well as insights and advice for its future activities were discussed. Around 70 participants from the Government offices of the Republic of Korea, academia, civil society, international organizations and foreign Embassies in Korea who have closely worked with UNPOG joined the roundtable. The Head of UNPOG opened the event and a summary presentation was made on UNPOG’s activities in 2014 and planned projects for 2015. At the roundtable, various opinions were exchanged among the participants on the direction of UNPOG’s future activities. Mr. Hee Joon Song, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Government 3.0 Committee, Mr. Soon-gu Yoon, Director General of the International Administrative Development Bureau of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs of the Republic of Korea and Amb. Kamansingh Lama, representative of Nepal to the Republic of Korea, were among the speakers at the event.
9. United Nations Session on “Governance and Regulation of the Internet: the Need for a Legal Framework” in Geneva
On 8 December 2014, the Internet and Governance Forum’s (IGF) Programme and Technology Manager participated as a panellist on “Governance and Regulation of the Internet: the Need for a Legal Framework”, during the Seminar on “Internet Governance for Human, Economic and Social Development” in Geneva, Switzerland. He highlighted the relevance of a multistakeholder structure for good public policy. He also referred to IGF as a good model for such a structure and to its significant role in the international deliberations on global Internet governance issues.
10. High Level Delegation from the Government of Togo visited DESA and UN Secretariat Departments including United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Headquarters
A high Level Delegation from the Government of Togo visited DESA and other UN Secretariat Departments including UNDP headquarters from 15 - 19 December 2014. The delegation headed by Minister Palouki MASSINA, Secretary General of Government, also included Mrs. Khardiata LO NDIAYE, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in Togo and H.E. Kodjo Menan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations. The purpose of the visit was to: (i)Share and discuss the draft program document of National Programme on Capacity Development and State Modernization for Sustainable Development of Togo, and (ii) Strategize with DESA on the implementation of the national program. DESA, with CDO and DPADM coordination, has been providing substantive and technical support to the Government of Togo with financing from UNDP to design the National Programme on Capacity Development and State Modernization for Sustainable Development. The integrated design of the program including the engagement of a number of DESA Divisions (DSD, DPAD, DSPD, FfDO, and SD), UNDP and other parts of the United Nations is an example of the UN delivering as one. After holding a series of meetings, which included one with Assistant Secretary General Mr. Thomas Gass, the delegation had a debriefing meeting on Friday 19 December where all parties expressed their engagement and commitment to support the implementation of the program.
11. Capacity Development Workshop on Implementing the Citizen Engagement Self-Assessment Questionnaire (CESAQ) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region
DPADM in partnership with the Economic and Social Committee of Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) organized a workshop on implementing the Citizen Engagement Self-Assessment Questionnaire (CESAQ) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region in Cairo, Egypt from 18 to 19 December 2014. Workshop participants received guidance on the implementation of CESAQ while testing it out during the workshop. The aim was to strengthen the capacity of leaders in the public sector to assess regulatory, organizational frameworks and channels/modalities for engaging citizens. The meeting agreed on recommendations to finalize CESAQ for deployment in the MENA region. It also examined further capacity development requirements and support needed from the United Nations and other international and regional organizations.
12. DPADM Teams up with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
A training session on e-government for the fellows of the Global IT Technology Program of KAIST was held on 16 December 2014 at the KAIST campus in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. The training, aimed to promote the UN E-Government Survey, the E-Government Development Database and METER 3.0. It was attended by 20 fellows (15 fellows from Africa, 3 from Asia and 2 from Latin America), most of whom are government officials from Information and Communications Technology agencies of developing countries engaged in e-government programmes in their countries. DPADM provided the fellows with the 2014 E-Government Development Index (EGDI) and its sub-components of their respective countries so they can better understand their country’s e government development status. DPADM also introduced the mission and project activities of the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG). An overview of the 2014 UN E-Government Survey was provided with its key findings, the global and regional trends and emerging issues in e government development. The METER 3.0 was also introduced to the fellows who were encouraged to assess the e-government readiness of their respective countries using the METER 3.0 as a tool.
13. DPADM Promotion Booth at the 2014 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Korea Commemorative Summit in the Republic of Korea
The ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit took place in Busan, from 11- 12 December 2014. DPADM participated in the Ministerial Roundtable on Public Governance during the Summit and had a promotion booth on “Better Governance, Happier Citizens” at the 2014 ASEAN-Korea Exhibition on Public Governance to provide information on UNPOG activities, the UN Public Service Awards, and the UN E-Government Survey.
14. Delegation from Kazakhstan Meets with DPADM to Discuss Further Collaboration
A delegation from Kazakhstan met with DPADM to discuss future activities and collaboration with the Division as a follow-up to the Global E-Government Forum held in October 2014. The delegation thanked the DPADM Director for the support provided by DPADM and expressed appreciation for the Division's continued collaboration. Kazakhstan has agreed to host one of the government consultative meetings in preparation for the 2016 UN E-Government Survey and to organize a meeting on "The use of Social Media to finance development" as part of the Economic Forum to be held in May 2015 in Astana.During the meeting, Kazakhstan requested DPADM to hold a workshop on open government data as part of the advisory support provided to the country's e-government development.
15. Briefing on the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) Evaluation Process and Finalising the First Round of Evaluations for the 2015 UNPSA
PACB briefed DPADM Staff involved in evaluating the nominations for the 2015 UNPSA on 3rd
December 2014. Matters related to nomination statistics such as regional submissions, languages in which the nominations were received and the linguistic capabilities in the Division, as well as the distribution of initiatives and the overall timeline for the evaluation process were discussed. On 19 December 2014, the DPADM UNPSA evaluation team concluded the first round of evaluation of the nominations for the 2015 Awards, except the nominations for category four “Promoting gender-responsive delivery of public services” whose evaluation is still on-going. Five hundred and forty two cases were evaluated during the first round. Preparations are underway to communicate to nominees who advanced to the next stage inviting them to submit documents to support their nominations.
16. In-house Seminar on E-Government for Disaster Risk Management held in Seoul on 29 December 2014
An in-house seminar on “E-Government for Disaster Risk Management” was organised by and for the United Nations Project Office on Governance on 29 December 2014. The speakers, Ms. Jeong-hee Huh and Mr. Yong-gab Kim from the Information and Statistics Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security of the Republic of Korea, made a presentation on Korea’s experiences with ICT-enabled disaster risk management. The seminar provided in-depth understanding of e-government for disaster risk management in advance of a training workshop on sustainable development and disaster risk management using e- government in March 2015 that is being organized jointly with the Incheon-based UN Office on Sustainable Development.
17. Finalization of Arrangements for an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Policy Integration in Government in Pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
DPADM is finalizing arrangements for an EGM on “Policy integration in government in pursuit of the SDGs” at the United Nations Secretariat on 28-29 January 2015. The meeting is expected to gather views on how to translate conceptual notions of policy coherence into practical terms; establish a baseline understanding of the capacity of administrations to pursue integration in pursuit of the SDGs; and build on work by DESA, the United Nations Environment Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank and other international agencies to connect integration methods to policy cycles while taking into account political and institutional realities. The invited experts will tackle the “what?” and “how?” of integration, with special consideration of the prospects for policy integration in low- and middle-income countries. The report of the EGM will serve as an input to the 14th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration to be held from 20-24 April 2015 under the banner of “Building trust in government in pursuit of the SDGs: what will it take?” The EGM will be open to interested DESA colleagues.