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.
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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.
The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has been renamed as the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG). The new name reflects the realignment of the Division’s work with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The change is part of a larger reorganization of DESA to better support Member States in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). DPIDG’s organigramme can be viewed here.
UNPAN partners met during the 17th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting was opened by Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division and Officer-in-Charge of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of UN DESA. In line with the principles of integration and transformation expressed in the 2030 Agenda, UNPAN partners agreed to revitalize UNPAN’s core mission as a network of institutions, with an emphasis on producing and managing knowledge through thematic sub-groups in support of the sustainable development goals. UNPAN Members agreed in principle to contribute to a holistic governance and public institutions framework for capacity development by sharing good practices, methodologies and tools in SDG-related sub-thematic areas. More information here.
The 17th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) discussed three overarching issues from a variety of perspectives, namely: (1) Readying institutions and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; (2) building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and, (3) supporting the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies by enhancing and equipping institutions. The Committee adopted an input to the High-level Political Forum and a draft resolution for ECOSOC. The CEPA meeting took place from 23 to 27 April at the UN Headquarters in New York. More information is available here
In order to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many countries have been adapting their policy and institutional frameworks and are actively mobilizing all parts of government, parliaments, supreme audit institutions, as well as non-state actors. Based on the information provided by the 64 countries that presented voluntarily reviews of implementation of the SDGs at the high-level political forum at the UN in 2016 and 2017, the compendium of national institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reflects institutional approaches taken by countries facing different contexts and circumstances. The compendium aims to facilitate exchanges on institutional practices and lessons learned among governments and other stakeholders, thereby helping them to support the realization of the SDGs. The compendium is available here.