1. UN Adopts new Global Goals, Charting Sustainable Development for People and Planet by 2030
On 25 September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals. The Agenda was passed under the new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. Details can be found online at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51968#.VhLmc_m0dOI.
2. New General Assembly Resolution on Promoting Inclusive and Accountable Public Services for Sustainable Development
At the close of its 69th session on 14 September 2015, the General Assembly adopted resolution 69/327 on promoting inclusive and accountable public services for sustainable development. The resolution was adopted by consensus among the full UN membership and sends a strong message that the foundations of sustainable development include transparent, inclusive, participatory and accountable institutions at all levels. The resolution highlights the work of CEPA and the Secretariat. It also requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its 71st session through ECOSOC on the status of the implementation of and follow-up to the present resolution. An archived web cast of the General Assembly discussion can be found online at http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/general-assembly/watch/general-assembly-105th-plenary-meeting-69th-session/4484989436001.
3. Release of the ECOSOC Resolution on the Report of CEPA on the 14th Session in Six Official United Nations Languages
Following adoption of the ECOSOC resolution on the report of CEPA’s 14th session on 22 July 2015, the resolution has now been officially released in the six United Nations languages and is available on the CEPA website at http://www.unpan.org/DPADM/CEPA/14thSession/tabid/1778/language/en-US/Default.aspx
4. Zero-draft Document of the WSIS+10 Review: Non-Paper
DPADM assisted the Co-Facilitator Team, Latvia and the United Arab Emirates, to finalize the non-paper version of the outcome document for the UNGA's overall review of the implementation of the WSIS+10 outcomes. The non-paper is a compilation of submissions received through a process of collection, launched at the first preparatory meeting of Member States on 1 July 2015. The document was posted on the WSIS website for comments from Member States and other stakeholders in early September until 18 September 2015. 60 comments were received including; 23 from Member States, 20 from civil society, 7 from technical sector and academia, 6 from the private sector and 4 from international organizations. Member States’ comments included Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, European Union, G77 & China, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tunisia, The Netherlands, Turkey and the United States of America. The Co-Facilitators are currently reviewing the draft which is expected to be released to United Nations States and the larger WSIS stakeholder community in early October 2015. The second stakeholder meeting organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly will take place on 19 October 2015. The second preparatory meeting of the Member States will take place from 20 to 22 October 2015. Details of the process can be found at http://unpan3.un.org/wsis10.
5. Bangladesh and India request DESA's Support for E-government Development
The governments of India and Bangladesh, in conjunction with their respective UNDP offices, requested an advisory mission from DESA to assist in finalizing their e-government strategy, policies and guidelines, in addition to assisting them with their portal content management, social media and open government data platform. Meetings were held in both countries with the respective Prime Minister's offices, as well as with other key ministries and government institutions. As a result of the missions, both governments had a better understanding of e-government development, and how it can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The two governments, as well as the UNDP offices requested to partner with UN-DESA in the future to ensure continued progress in the implementation of their e-government strategies.
6. Third Open Consultations and Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) Meeting of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) preparatory cycle
The IGF Secretariat supported the 3rd Open Consultations and MAG Meeting of the 2015 IGF preparatory cycle. The meeting continued ongoing efforts towards the preparations for the IGF 2015 with the main theme of “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. The agenda has been finalized including the organization of the main sessions focusing on Internet Economy and Sustainable Development; Enhancing Cybersecurity and Building Digital Trust; a dialogue on “Zero rating”, Network Neutrality and Human Rights. A half-day plenary session is also being prepared as part of IGF 2015 to hold consultations with the IGF community and high-level representatives from Member States on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) review by the General Assembly. More than 100 delegates from the multi-stakeholder IGF community participated either remotely or in person from 2-4 September at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.
7. The 2015 World Public Sector Report - Responsive and Accountable Public Governance, is now available as an e-book
The 2015 World Public Sector Report highlights the most salient features of public governance for enabling inclusive economic growth, social justice and environmental sustainability. In anticipation of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it analyses policy options for transforming governance and illustrates the importance of responsiveness and accountability for effective policies and delivery of essential public services.
The report is presented in four chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the reciprocal relationship between public governance and development and analyses their respective challenges. Chapter 2 highlights key elements of responsive governance for development and emphasizes the necessity of increased public participation. Chapter 3 underscores the need for transparent and accountable public institutions and reconciling traditional approaches of accountability with shared responsibility of multiple agencies. Chapter 4 focuses on transformations in public governance that can contribute to sustaining more responsive and accountable governance throughout the next 15 years. The report concludes that governance for sustainability must be innovative, proactive and inclusive rather than routine, theoretical, reactive and divisive.
To download the e-book, visit http://workspace.unpan.org/sites/Internet/Documents/UNPAN95253.pdf
8. Presentation at ICT Week 2015 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
DPADM made a presentation on Business Process Reengineering (BPR) on 18 September as part of the ICT Week 2015. The presentation focused on how to create a favorable BPR environment and the tools available within DESA that can help achieve this. In addition, meetings were held with members of the Uzbekistan Government and UNDP to discuss e-government strategy and future collaboration. The Government of Uzbekistan is currently undergoing e-government development, and now has a fully-functional open data portal. DESA has also been requested to provide long-term assistance.
9. Meeting between DESA and International Anti-Corruption Academy
At a meeting held at UNHQ on 25 September 2015 between USG, DESA and the Dean of International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Mr. Martin Kreutner, discussions were held about possible future cooperation between DESA and IACA on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of anti-corruption in implementing them. Mr. Kreutner commended the United Nations’ Member States, the Secretary-General and the Secretariat on the adoption of the 2030 Development Agenda for Sustainable Development; he also highlighted the need for anti-corruption measures citing that the SDGs run the risk of being undermined by corruption.
The USG echoed Mr. Kreutner commendation to the United Nations General Assembly and Member States emphasizing the holistic approach taken towards achieving the sustainable development goals as opposed to the previous concentration on economic goals. He stressed the importance of work on anti-corruption citing DESA’s close working relationship with UNODC and INTOSAI. He further expressed that INTOSAI should play a prominent role in implementing the SDGs and informed Mr. Kreutner that DESA has recently hired an inter-regional advisor with expertise in anti-corruption. Mr. Wu further advised Mr.Kreutner that DESA will participate in the upcoming Sixth Session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption.
10. Meeting between DESA and Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)
On 30 September 2015,USG, DESA met a delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) to discuss the organization's desire to work closely with DESA towards the implementation of 2030 Development Agenda. While urging PAM to play a vital role in capacity building at the national level for the successful implementation of the SDGs, Mr. Wu emphasized the special role national parliaments can play by: (i) raising awareness, (ii) localizing the goals and targets into national laws, (iii) ensuring sufficient budget allocations to facilitate their implementation, and (iv) providing an oversight role for monitoring and review. He drew attention to the need to educate national political leaders and the challenges traditional government institutions will face in implementing the cross cutting goals and targets in the 2030 Development Agenda.
PAM requested DESA's assistance in formulating a background paper to serve as a starting point for its strategic framework and work programme for the future and Amb. Piazzi invited Mr. Wu to attend the next PAM General Assembly in Feb 2016 to introduce sustainable development as one of the pillars of PAM's future work.