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18 July 2017
SAI Leadership and Stakeholder Meeting - Audit of Preparedness for Implementation of the SDGs

 A meeting of supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) leadership and stakeholders on “Auditing preparedness for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” will take place from 20 to 21 July 2017 at UNHQ, jointly organised by UNDESA and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI). The meeting will foster substantive discussions and knowledge-sharing on auditing critical issues related to preparedness for SDG implementation, including the integration of the 2030 Agenda in national contexts, inclusiveness and stakeholder engagement, capacities and means of implementation, and monitoring, follow-up, review and reporting on progress on the 2030 Agenda. The outcomes of the meeting will inform ongoing initiatives to support SDG implementation, follow-up and review undertaken by INTOSAI and its members SAIs and SDG follow-up processes. Over 100 participants, including SAI leadership, government officials, and selected representatives from civil society, UN system agencies and other stakeholders will participate. Click here for more information.
16 July 2017
World Public Sector Report 2017 - Call for contributions.
Preparations for the 2017 edition of the World Public Sector Report (WPSR) are now underway. UNDESA/DPADM has launched a call for contributions, inviting experts, practitioners, scientists and researchers to contribute to the report highlighting issues, research findings or solutions. The WPSR 2017 will examine how governments, public institutions and public administration can foster integrated approaches to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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16 July 2017
Strengthening Capacities of LDCs to Integrate SDGs into Public Service Delivery
DESA/DPADM in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) held a study tour on “Strengthening Capacities of Least Development Countries to Integrate SDGs into National Development Plans and Public Service Delivery” from 10 to 14 July in Beijing, China. 

This was a follow-up to the 2016 study tour in China which was part of a DA project to strengthen capacities of the public sector in LDCs to deliver quality services equitably through the transfer and adaptation of innovative practices. The 2017 tour focused on the integration of the 2030 Agenda in China’s national development plans, including eradication of poverty and gender equality. 

The participants, from 11 countries, learned about China’s initiatives to SDG implementation in the national development plan, including policies and practices aimed at poverty alleviation and promoting gender equality. The event showcased good practices in institutional coordination for possible adaptation in participants’ countries, and aimed to build the capacities of the participants on the incorporation of the SDGs in national development plans and policies. 

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22 June 2017
2017 United Nations Public Service Forum and Awards
Highlighting the pivotal role of public services that are having on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 12 institutions from 11 countries were awarded by the United Nations for their public services innovation and excellence on UN Public Service Day. The 2017 Public Service Awards winners were announced during the UN Public Service Forum “The Future is Now – Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030” held from 22 to 23 June in The Hague, Netherlands. The 2017 Public Service Awards winners are from the following countries: 1st place winners: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mongolia, United Kingdom; 2nd place winners: Colombia, France, Thailand. The winners fact sheet can be found here.

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19 June 2017
UNDESA participates in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2017
UNDESA/DPADM organized two events at the annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum. The annual Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.

UNDESA/DPADM sessions addressed the role of private sector in mobilizing ICTs for SDGs; and the role of digital government in eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity. The sessions underscored the important role of ICT for realizing the SDGs and the role of government, private sector and other actors in realizing these promises. More details about these sessions including presentations and speakers can be found below.

Also during this year’s Forum, UNDESA/DPADM, together with ITU, briefed on the launch of a task group on ICT for SDGs as part of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. The objective of the task group is to propose a thematic list of ICT indicators that could be used to measure ICT availability and use in sectors relevant to the SDGs that are not covered in the SDG indicators framework. For more, click here.

UNDESA/DPADM also participated in the high-level policy session on the WSIS action lines and 2030 Agenda as WSIS action line facilitator. Click here for more information.

Click here for Action Lines C1 and C11 Facilitation Meeting. Click here for Action Line C7 eGov Facilitation Meeting.
05 June 2017
24th UN/INTOSAI Symposium on "Digitalization, Open Data and Data Mmining
On 31 May-2 June 2017, DESA/DPADM and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) jointly organised a symposium on the contribution of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to SDG follow-up and review and digitalization, open data and data mining. The meeting showed that INTOSAI and its member SAIs are responding to the 2030 Agenda. INTOSAI has developed four approaches for SAIs’ to contribute to the SDGs (namely: assessing national readiness for implementing and reporting progress on the SDGs; undertaking performance audits of programs that contribute to the SDGs; assessing and supporting the implementation of Goal 16, and being models of transparency and accountability). The meeting discussed several initiatives under these approaches. It was also felt that aggregating information from SAIs’ audit work under each approach could help inform the SDG review in the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). INTOSAI and its members will continue working to develop implementation frameworks to produce high-quality SDG-related information. The meeting also adopted a set of conclusions and recommendations. 

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05 June 2017
"Budgeting for the SDGs. Progress in budget reforms, monitoring and accountability for the SDGs"
On 26 May 2017, the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), UNDP and the International Budget Partnership (IBP) jointly organised a workshop on “Budgeting for the SDGs. Progress in budget reforms, monitoring and accountability for the SDGs”. The workshop took place in New York, after the Financing for Development Forum.  The workshop aimed to foster a conversation on policy coherence, by anchoring the SDGs in budgets, sharing good practices of SDG budgeting, monitoring and reporting. More than 20 stakeholders engaged in SDG budgeting, monitoring and reporting, including senior representatives from Ministries of Finance, Supreme Audit Institutions, Parliaments, civil society organizations, UN entities and development partners shared their experiences. Discussions focused on the alignment of SDG policies and budgets, how SDG-related public spending can be monitored and reported on, and how accountability actors can play a stronger role in ensuring that public resources are used effectively. 


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09 May 2017
Expert Group Meeting on the Preparatory Process for the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018
The expert group meeting on the “Preparatory Process for the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018” held from 10 to 11 May 2017 at the UNHQ covered a wide range of topics such as the comparative analysis of global and regional e-government assessments; e-government in the context of the SDGs; overview of current Survey methodology in relation to the principles of 2030 Agenda; emerging technology trends in the public sector, and innovations in support of sustainable development. The outcomes and recommendations included expanding e-government benchmarking to the local level especially to assess the evolution of smart cities, further evaluating mobile services in light of ubiquity of mobile technologies, piloting user satisfaction on e-government services in response to SDG indicator 16.6.2 (Proportion of the population satisfied with their last experience of public services) and others on presentation of the results and further extending existing e-government country profiles. In addition to the experts, the meeting was attended by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN University (UNU), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) participated remotely.

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12 March 2017
The Global Call for Innovations for the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs

The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 15-16 May 2017. In preparation for the Forum, a Global Call for Innovations is launched with the aim of finding scientific and technological innovations that are helping accelerate progress towards any one or more of the six SDGs that are the focus of the STI Forum 2017. The Call for Innovations will highlight solutions from diverse sources and communities, originating in different parts of the world, and focus on those technologies that aim to help the poorest and most vulnerable. Click here for more information. 
09 March 2017
Informal Communiqué of the Symposium on Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships
Following the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, held on 21-23 February 2017 in Nassau, The Bahamas on “Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”, an informal communiqué emanating from the dialogues and discussions at the Symposium is now available for public comments. The informal communiqué will inform the meetings of the UN oceans conference, high-level political forum on sustainable development, UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration. Click here for informal communiqué. 
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Documents
CEPA Bulletin April.May.2017
CEPA Bulletin April.May.2017
05 June 2017
Final Report Latin America OGD Workshop (rev.)
Final Report Latin America OGD Workshop (rev.)
05 June 2017
 
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