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DPADM Monthly Bulletin

May 2015

1. UNPOG participates in the Republic of Korea’s Government 3.0 Fair

From 20 April to 3 May, DPADM/ UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) participated in the Government 3.0 Fair which was hosted by the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The Fair served as a platform to experience Korea's Government 3.0 initiative, such as government programs designed by interdepartmental collaboration and business models using public data.

2. The Government of Uzbekistan Welcomes DPADM Advisory Mission on E-Government and E-Participation

From 27 April to 1 May, DPADM took part in the First National Capacity Building Workshop on "e- Government and e-Participation Development" which was held in Tashkent. DPADM met with Deputy Ministers and senior government officials from various Ministries and other key strategic agencies in the country to discuss the challenges in improving service delivery and citizen participation. DPADM presented on the UN E-Government Survey, basic concepts of e-government and e-participation, as well as the Online Training Centre of the United Nations Public Administration Network and other DPADM training tools. A meeting was also held with the Minister of Development of Information Technologies and Communications to discuss the progress made by Uzbekistan since the last UN mission. As a result, the Government of Uzbekistan and the UNDP country office requested DPADM to follow-up on future advisory services and capacity - building missions; to assist in the e-government strategy implementation and; to conduct training for government officials from both central and local offices.

3. Presentation on Collective Impact for Sustainable Development by Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy (USC Price)

On May 4 2015, a Public Policy Practicum Team from USC Price visited DPADM to participate and present in the Colloquium on the theme of “Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development”. USC Price Practicum students worked on a project to identify the characteristics of Public Administration that promotes sustainable development. The project resulted in the creation of a framework of effective public administration and  governance practices including collaborative governance, ethical leadership and the requisite human and institutional capacities. The USC Price Team made a presentation with the purpose of contributing to the development of a best practice framework for the attainment of sustainable development objectives.

4. DPADM and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) hold an Inter-Agency Consultation on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Event on the overall review of the outcome of the World Summit on Information Society(WSIS)

On 6 May, DPADM jointly organized an informal inter-agency consultation on the UNGA High-Level Event on the overall review of the outcome of the WSIS scheduled to take place in New York in December 2015. The consultation with UN Chief Executives Board agencies, and in particular member agencies of the UN Group on Information Society (UNGIS), focused on the provisions of modalities for the overall review by the General Assembly of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (A/RES/69/302). Around a dozen UN agencies were represented as well as 26 remote participants. ASG Montiel opened the meeting where ITU, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Educational, Scientific,and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) spoke on their review of the implementation of the WSIS outcome. The next meeting will be held from 25 to 29 May in Geneva during the 2015 WSIS Forum.

5. 2015 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA)- Announcement of Winners

Following the Final Round of Evaluations by the CEPA Sub-Group, which took place during the 14thsession of CEPA in New York, DPADM released the results of the 2015UNPSA. This year, awards will be given to initiatives in all four categories, 1) Improving the Delivery of Public Services, 2)Fostering Participation in Policy-making Decisions through Innovative Mechanisms, Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age, and 4) Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Service. All winners have been notified and invited to the 2015 UNPSA Forum,Day and Awards Ceremony, due to take place in Medellin, Colombia on 23-26 June 2015. For more information on the 2015 UNPSA results please visit our website: UNPSA

6. DPADM Organizes the First Capacity Development Workshop (CDW) in Uruguay

On 12 -14 May, DPADM organized in partnership with the Agencia para el Desarrollo del Gobierno de Gestión Electrónica y la Sociedad de la Información y del Conocimiento (AGESIC) of the Government of Uruguay the first CDW under the Development Account project of “Strengthening of Capacities of Developing Countries to Provide Access to Information for Sustainable Development through Open Government Data (OGD)”. More than 60 participants attended the workshop, including 19 high-level Government representatives and 42 mid-level specialists from Government and various ministries, public agencies and civil society organizations.The workshop demonstrated benefits from around the world on uses of open data for stimulating development planning and management. Inputs from the workshop were used to identify the key relevant data sets for publishing in open formats, as well as the areas of collaboration among government institutions to address capacity gaps. Participants focused on suggested priority areas for government actions in advancing OGD as Uruguay is currently working on its second OGD action plan.

7. DPADM/ UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) Holds Meetings with Republic of Korea Agencies to Strengthen E-Government Development Initiatives for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Asia-Pacific Region

From 13 to 14 May, DPADM/ UNPOG, met with Mr. Byung-jo Suh, Head of the National Information Society Agency (NIA), and with Mr. Seong-ju Kang, Director-General of the Office of Internet Convergence Policy of the Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea. The meetings focused on further strengthening cooperation in support of e-government development in SIDS. As a result, NIA agreed to attend the Pacific Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministerial Meeting to beheld in Tonga from 17 to 19 June 2015 and to make a presentation on its SIDS-related activities. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning agreed to assist SIDS, through UNPOG, by providing policy advice and developing customised applications for them.

8. DPADM Meets with Private Sector Representatives to Discuss World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10) Review Process

On 19 May, DPADM met with representatives from AT&T, Intel and Microsoft. At the request of Access Partnership-a private sector entity assisting ICT organizations in the areas of government relation, regulatory affairs, and technical analysis. The private sector representatives inquired about the roadmap to the two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the outcomes of WSIS. The representatives of Access Partnership highlighted the issue of connectivity and noted that the global community is on the right track but a lot more could be done in order to bridge the ICT divide. They stated that, because of its critical contribution to ICT innovative development worldwide, private sector collaboration is instrumental to overcome this challenge. Since ICT can facilitate implementation of most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they expressed hope for a broad policy consensus to enable greater private investment. They also emphasized the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement to attain the SDGs and reaffirmed the decisive role of the Internet Governance Forum.

9. Symposium on Governance, Public Administration and ICT for Implementing the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda

On 20 May, DPADM supported the Symposium on Governance, Public Administration and ICT for Implementing the UN post-2015 development agenda, held in Seoul by the Korean Institute of Public Administration (KIPA). The Korean Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) also supported the event.Over 120 participants, including high-level participants from Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, as well as UNDP COs from Ethiopia, Republic of Korea and Rwanda also attended. The sessions addressed the significance of transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to SDGs, balancing between regional and global perspectives, institutions and capacity-building as key to sustainable development, and ICT-enabled governance and public administration for the post-2015 development agenda.

10. DPADM Participates in the Second Open Consultation and Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) Meeting in Preparation of the 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

From 20 to 22 May, DPADM is participating in the second Open Consultation and MAG meeting in preparation for the 10th IGF in Geneva. There are approximately 130 participants and MAG is finalizing the evaluation of proposals submitted for holding workshops at the 10th IGF to be held from 10 to13 November 2015 in Brazil. The themes for the main sessions, best practice forums and other flash sessions are being finalized.

11. Capacity Building Seminar on ‘Collaborative Governance for Improved Public Service Delivery for Developing Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

From 20 to 23 May, DPADM participated in the 23rd Annual Conference of the ‘Network of Institutions and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)’ in Tbilisi, Georgia. The capacity building seminar was developed in collaboration with UNDP and NISPAcee with the objective of contributing to the capacity of countries with economies in transition to improve effectiveness, transparency, efficiency, openness and accessibility in the efficient delivery of public services using approaches of collaborative governance and applying a balanced mix of in/outsourcing methods. Seminar participants included government officials from various government sectors able to make decisions and support policies related to the delivery of public services.

12. DPADM Launches Russian Version of the 2014 UN E-Government Survey at the Astana Economic Forum 2015

On 21-22 May, DPADM and the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan co-organized the workshop "Innovative Solutions to Financing Sustainable Development: Role of Social Media", one of the 26 parallel workshops at the Eighth Astana Economic Forum. Mr.Asset Issekeshev, Minister of Industry and Trade of Kazakhstan, Mr. Lenni Montiel, ASG of UNDESA and Mr. Eric Maskin, 2007 Nobel Laureate on Economics, were among the speakers at the plenary session of the DPADM Workshop attended by over 250 participants. They discussed the need to develop a strong e-government framework in support of sustainable economic development and growth of Kazakhstan and other developing countries. The speakers and participants put together recommendations from the three sessions that would be part of the final report of the Workshop and the recommendations from the Forum which will be presented at this year’s G-20 Summit.The Russian version of the 2014 UN E Government Survey was launched by the Government of Kazakhstan and UNDESA at the Workshop.

13. Office of President of Dominican Republic Invites DPADM to Deliver Keynote Address and Advisory Mission on e-Government Development

From 21 to 22 May, DPADM was invited to deliver a keynote address at the event, “An ICT Law for Dominican Republic” by the Office of the President for ICTs (OPTIC) of the Dominican Republic in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce. The event was attended by more than 100 private sector representatives and high-level government officials. DPADM presented a comparative perspective on how various governments balanced their legal frameworks with fast-paced reforms to incorporate ICT into their workflows and overall modernization efforts. As a follow-through to a previous meeting with the Vice President of Dominican Republic, Dr. Margarita Cedeño, DPADM discussed and outlined a cooperation framework with OPTIC. As a result of the discussions, OPTIC will send a formal request for cooperation through the Permanent Mission of Dominican Republic to the United Nations.

14. Workshop on E-Government Track at 2015 Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity

From 21 to 22 May DPADM and UNPOG organised a workshop on E-Government Track in collaboration with World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO), at the 2015 Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity held in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. The workshop had 4 sessions on topics relating to e government for sustainable development and collaboration between central and local e-governments. It attracted over 70 participants including senior national and local government officials, experts from the academia, civil society and international organizations. As a result of the successful collaboration, both WeGO and UNPOG plan to continue the working cooperation into the next Jeju Forum.

15. 2015 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum, in Geneva

From 25 to 29 May, DPADM participated in the WSIS Forum, with the theme of "Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development”. The Forum is being hosted by ITU and co-organized with UNCTAD, UNESCO and UNDP. On the day preceding the Forum, DPADM made a presentation on its work on e-participation and the 2014 UN E-Government Survey at the thematic workshop on "Measuring the Information Society: Challenges and Trends", organized by the Government of Iran. DPADM also served as a resource person at the thematic workshop on "IGF 2015 Preparatory Session," organized by the Government of Brazil, which reviewed the inter-sessional work between the 9th and the forthcoming 10th Internet Governance Forums. On 26 May, DPADM made a policy statement at the High-Level Opening Segment. It also organized the Facilitation Meeting on Implementing WSIS Outcomes related to Action Lines C1, C7 e-Government and C11. In addition, DPADM attended the High-Level and Working-Level Meetings of the UN Group on Information Society (UNGIS). This inter-agency group discussed preparations for and support to the intergovernmental overall review of the WSIS outcomes by the General Assembly that is due to start in June.

16. DPADM attended the Workshop in New York on “Action Lines 4 and 6 of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Outcome: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships”

On 27 May, DPADM attended the above event organized by the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations and the Brooklyn Law School. The panellists included representatives from the Internet Society and Google and the event was also co-moderated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The session focused primarily on how the public and the private sector can cooperate to deliver better Internet services, connect more people, make the Internet more affordable, faster and improve infrastructure.

 

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