A new working paper examines the involvement of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in auditing the pre¬paredness of governments for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2015. These audits have covered institutional arrangements put in place to implement the SDGs, the mobilization of resources, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. SDG preparedness audits have produced valuable information that is not necessarily available from other national processes linked with SDG follow-up and review. As such, audit recommendations can be a powerful tool to help governments improve SDG implementation. The paper reflects on the impact that SDG audits have made, and on the challenges and opportunities for SAIs that have engaged in this exercise. While many of these challenges are generic to the work of SAIs, SDG audits also present specific political, institutional and technical problems. Finally, the paper explores questions that this new area of engagement poses for SAIs, including the long-term prospects for institutionalization of SDG audits and the relationship with other accountability mechanisms for the SDGs at the national level.
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The United Nations is now accepting nominations for the 2019 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA). The UNPSA promotes and rewards innovation and excellence in public services supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its 17 Goals (SDGs), and the core principle of 2030 Agenda of leaving no one behind. The deadline for nominations is 30 November 2018.
The 2018 UN E-Government Survey is available online. The 2018 Survey provides new analysis and evidence on how to further utilize the potential of e-government to support the 2030 Agenda. It also examines how Member States can use e-government and information technologies to build sustainable and resilient societies.
The World Public Sector Report (WPSR) has been published by the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of UNDESA since 2001. The forthcoming edition will focus on public institutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), examining trends in relation to the implementation of institutional principles highlighted in SDG 16.
This call for contributions invites researchers and experts to submit inputs and policy briefs highlighting issues, trends, research findings or solutions in relation to the research questions that the report seeks to address
The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2018. Click here for more information.
A meeting of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) leadership and stakeholders on “SAI Contributions to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place from 19 to 20 July 2018 at UNHQ, jointly organised by UNDESA and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI). The meeting will provide a space for debate and learning on how to audit the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and facilitate information sharing on SDG audits, reflecting on common challenges and opportunities and the engagement between governments, SAIs and other stakeholders in the follow-up and review of the SDGs. Emerging findings and lessons learned from conducting audits of preparedness for SDG implementation in different regions will be shared. 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, members of audit teams conducting SDG audits, government officials, experts, and selected representatives from civil society, UN system agencies and other stakeholders will participate. Click here for more information.
The 2018 UN Public Service Awards winners have been selected. Eight public institutions from Austria, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand will be awarded for their innovation and excellence in public service that supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The winners will receive the Awards at the UNPSA Ceremony that will take place on 23 June during the 2018 UN Public Service Forum in Marrakesh, Morocco. Click here for more information.
On 11 May 2018, a panel on the UN Public Service Forum (UNPSF) was held at UN Headquarters in New York. The panel brought together the current and several former host countries of the UNPSF to discuss how the Forum could be further leveraged as a global platform to promote policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning on innovative approaches to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more.