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7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government

 
Theme: Building Trust in Government
Where: UN Headquarters in Vienna
When: 26-27 June 2007
   
   
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portrait Trust between citizens, between member states, and in government itself is one of the most vital needs for peace and the prosperity of humankind. Our ability to work together to confront common threats and promote mutually beneficial objectives – such as the Millennium Development Goals – requires that we nurture this invaluable commodity.

Thus it is appropriate that the theme of this 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government is “Building Trust in Government”. I know from my own experience in government that there is no easy path to this goal. Trust has to be earned over time, through consistent and cumulative efforts.

The Global Forum provides an ideal venue to consider measures to increase confidence in government actions. Transparent, accountable and effective governance is one of the surest ways to do so. Enhancing popular participation in the policymaking process is another. The discussions in Vienna are well placed to generate other innovative avenues to connect governments with the governed.

The United Nations has actively supported the Global Forum since 2002. This year, we are also proud to host it. I hope that all Member States will seek to make this their event by sharing perspectives, experiences and strategies. By working together, we can reinvent government in ways that matter to ordinary people everywhere, and thereby secure their trust.

portrait Keeping in mind Pericles and the Athenian Pollis, the idea of democracy is more than 2,500 years old. The age of democracy as a form of government, only started in the 19th and 20th centuries, though. A prerequisite for democracy is the modern idea of mankind, as developed by the Enlightenment and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations: an idea of mankind that is based on the principle of equality of all human beings. Only on this basis can the principle of democracy evolve successfully and persist durably.

Democracy must not remain an abstract principle. It needs to be filled with life, desired and protected. Democracy needs to be able to grow and unfold. This notion has to be deep-seated in everybody's awareness. Humankind needs to have trust in democracy, and everybody has to accept it the same way, whether belonging to the majority or the minority. This trust has to be gained by the institutions of democracy: the government, the parliament, the courts, the administration, etc.

To me, “Building trust in government” means strengthening trust in democratic institutions. This is always hard work. It includes strengthening the economic and social base of society. It includes efforts for peaceful development, efforts for openness and transparency, and thus also the preparedness to analyse undesirable developments openly and to remain pre-disposed toward adjustments.

The Global Forum on “Building Trust in Government” convened in Vienna by the United Nations is an excellent opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen trust in the institutions of democracy. This global exchange of ideas will contribute to reinforcing democracy and to making the 21st century a century of democracy and of rule of law. I wish the discussions on the topic “Building Trust in Government” the best possible success and remain convinced that Vienna and Austria will be good hosts for this important UN-Forum.

portrait Improvements in governance and public administration have become increasingly recognized by the international community as central pillars to the successful implementation of the UN development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Governments must have the capacity to effectively implement the policies they choose, whether the policies aim to promote development, provide security for their citizens or meet other domestic objectives. This capacity depends on the quality of public administration and governance and on the ability of governments to garner support.

The Global Forum on Reinventing Government aims to strengthen this capacity and to directly contribute to the MDGs. Over the past few years, the speed with which changes in one part of the world affect another has rapidly increased. Globalization, market liberalisation, information and communication technologies and democratization have impacted expectations, the role of the state and interactions between governments, the private sector and civil society. No longer can our communities act in isolation from the outside world, everyone is affected by the acts of others, even if indirectly.

One of the positive but challenging effects of these changes has been to increase the diversity of societies, their voices, ideas, values and opinions. A less homogenous society brings challenges for government, which must determine how to truly represent its constituents, incorporate their voices in policy planning, decision-making and implementation, manage the input contributed by citizens and find new means to build consensus among the people they govern, while reflecting the diversity of local populations.

In 2007, the United Nations will host the 7th Global Forum as a system wide activity, with support from governments and members of the Institutional Partners Group (IPG). Led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN agencies and programmes will collaborate with civil society organizations, top universities and think tanks as part of the IPG to pool their accumulated experience, expertise and knowledge for the benefit of senior offiials and international participants on different methods of building trust and strengthening the credibility of public policies and institutions.

portrait Austria values the opportunity to jointly with the United Nations host the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government at the UN headquarters in Vienna in June 2007.

This year's theme of the Global Forum, "Building Trust in Government" is very timely. Confidence of citizens in their governments is a basic requirement to ensure security and stability, to create economic opportunities and to provide essential services. In short it is a prerequisite for good governance. Building and preserving this trust requires sustained commitment and persistent efforts.

The Global Forum offers a good opportunity to examine the issue from different angles, be it accountability, transparency and access to information or be it participation and inclusion of all sectors and society in the political process. Observing the rule of law, respecting human rights, safeguarding social equality and enabling women's empowerment are in Austria's view also indispensable dimensions of good governance.

With this high ranking meeting, we aim to strengthen cooperation of governments, private sector and civil society, to exchange best practices, to foster innovation, and to improve the quality of governance at national, regional and local levels.

Austria is proud to host one of the headquarters of the United Nations in Vienna, being the only in the European Union. We commend the Vienna based international organizations on their important contributions to make the world a safer and better place to live in. The new conference facility, which is being added to the Vienna International Centre, is another tangible expression of our continued support for their important work.

I warmly welcome all participants to this Global Forum and wish them a successful and pleasant stay in Vienna.

Visa

Please note that that UN is not responsible for your visa arrangements. It is important that you please check passport and visa requirements in due time before you leave.

Please ask the nearest consulate whether you need a visa for entering Austria or consult the website below:

Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs Austria

Click on the following link if you need to find a nearby Austrian representative:

Austrian Representations (Embassies and Consulates)


Holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss passport do not require a visa. Nationals from EU-countries as well as Switzerland and Liechtenstein may remain for an unlimited time.

Holders of British Passports (European Union) do not need a visa for Austria. There are no restrictions on the remaining validity of your passport, providing you leave Austria before its expiry date.

Accommodation

All participants are urged to book hotel accommodations early, before 20 March 2007, as the period of the Global Forum in late June coincides with the peak of the Summer tourist season in Vienna.

To book hotel accommodations please go to:
http://www.austropa-interconvention.at/congress/un2007/hotel.asp

Please be warned that finding hotel accommodations for the Global Forum without an early booking might be very difficult.

Kindly note that the United Nations can not be held responsible for booking hotel reservations or for keeping hotel bookings on behalf of Global Forum participants. We suggest that you utilize the services of Austropa INTERCONVENTION, which is the recommended housing office and travel agent for the "7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government.

AUSTROPA INTERCONVENTION is the leading Professional Congress Organiser of the VERKEHRSBUERO GROUP and offers the full range of travel agency services.

Please read carefully the booking conditions contained in the attached Austropa website. If you decide to arrive in Vienna before 25 June 2007 and leave Vienna after 29 June 2007, please specify your dates of arrival and departure under "special requirements" in the hotel booking form.

Transportation

Flying to Vienna

transit The Austrian Airlines Group is offering special rates for participants of the 7th Global Forum. The Austrian Airlines offers the most frequent flights to and from Austria.

Please contact your nearest Austrian Airlines office or travel agent where you will receive information on flights and fares.

As participant of the "7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government: Building Trust in Government, June 26th - 29th, 2007" you and one accompanying person will benefit from a favourable congress fare on Austrian, Austrian arrows and Lauda flights.

Please identify yourself as participant by presenting your registration and referring to the code: UNGF7

If your ticket is issued at a travel agency, please ask your agent to contact his Austrian Airlines office.

The "Congress Fare" cannot be used cumulatively with other reduced fares, such as spouse fares, special kombi-tariffs in O-, V-, W-, L-, T- and S-booking-class and tariffs for students, youth, senior citizens, etc.

Participants from the USA please contact exclusively:
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Airport transfer in Vienna

Please be aware that the Global Forum Secretariat is not providing transportation from the airport to the hotels and from the hotels to the conference center.

However, the Global Forum Secretariat will keep an information desk at the airport to advise the participant about various modes of transportation in Vienna.


- CAT (City Airport Train) : Non-stop from the Vienna International Airport to the City Air Terminal (Wien-Mitte train station) for EUR 8,- (one way). The (CAT) operates between Vienna International Airport and City Air Terminal (Wien-Mitte train station) situated in the heart of Vienna. With a journey time of only 16 minutes non-stop, the City Airport Train is the fastest form of transport between the city centre and Vienna Airport. CAT runs every day at 30-minute intervals – 05:38 to 23:35. Thanks to the airliner atmosphere with air conditioned double-decker carriages and first class seating, the trip on the CAT is relaxing and stress-free. Passengers may also check in their luggage and get their boarding pass in the City Air Terminal at Wien-Mitte station. For more information check CAT's website.


For Booking information on CAT check the website of
Austropa INTERCONVENTION (CAT) .

- AIRPORT DRIVER (Taxi Service): The AirportDriver is a reputable and professional Airport Transfer Service and is also represented in the arrival hall at the Vienna Airport. Their mission are polite chauffeurs with soigné appearance in new, safe and clean vehicles. The AirportDriver fleet comprises station wagons and luxury equipped limousines (Business Line).

- From AIRPORT to CITY - Station Wagon
One way: EUR 28,- Fleet: - automatic air conditioning - navigation system - much room for luggage

- From AIRPORT to CITY - Business Line One way in a luxury equipped limousine: EUR 33,- Fleet: - leather equipment - automatic air conditioning - navigation system

For Booking a Taxi check the website of
Austropa INTERCONVENTION (Taxi) .

Austropa INTERCONVENTION is the recommended housing office and travel agent for the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government.

Tourism

About Vienna

2Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 and a member of the European Union since 1995. Its capital, Vienna, is world renowned for its music and culture. Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert are some of the musicians who have lived and composed in this city. Two concert halls include the Vienna Musikverein, known for its classical repertoire, and the Vienna Konzerthaus, which ranges from the Middle Ages to the most progressive sounds of the present time.


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Home to eight World Cultural Heritage Sites, the nation also provides outstanding examples of European architecture and natural beauty: the Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn; Historic Centres of the Cities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg; cultural landscapes in Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut and Wachau; the Semmering Railway; and Lake Neusiedler See.


Information on events, festivals, operas, concerts, tours and other recreational activities can be found at the Vienna Tourism Board, which can be accessed online at http://wien.info in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, German, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Hungarian, Czech, Polish and Japanese.


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Facts and Figures: Official name: Republic of Austria
Government: Federal Republic
Population: 8 million +
Capital: Vienna
Currency: Euro
Languages: German (official nationwide), Slovene (official in Kaernten or Carinthia), Croatian (official in Burgenland) and Hungarian (official in Burgenland).

Other Information

The 7th Global Forum Exhibition

The Global Forum on Reinventing Government will be attended by some 2,000 key decision-makers from governments around the world. In order to provide participants with state-of-the-art information, products, and services that aim to enhance governmental performance, an exhibition of innovations for the public sector is being organized, thus highlighting a spirit of public-private partnerships that should characterize the United Nations 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government.

We are pleased to inform that MSI Fairs and Exhibitions has entered into an agreement with the Austria Center in Vienna to feature the Exhibition on Innovations for the Public Sector as an integral part of the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government.

If you are interested to become an exhibitor, please contact:

Ronald Subkus
International Sales Director - 7th Global Forum Public Sector Exhibition
M.S.I. Fairs and Exhibitions
Wohllebengasse 6/4
1040 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43-1-4028954-12
Fax.:+43-1-4028954-54
Email: ronald.subkus@msi-fairs.com

Health and Insurance

Non-Austrian residents visiting Austria are not generally entitled to free medical treatment. We advise you to take out medical insurance and insurance for your travel: the conference organisers do not take responsibility for health or travel insurance. For further information, please contact the Austrian Ministry of Health and Women by phone +43-1/711 00-0, fax +43-1/711 00-14300, or email at buergerservice@bmgf.gv.at. Their website is located at www.bmgf.gv.at.

Weather

Average temperatures in Austria for the last five years. Average maximum/minimum daily temperatures in degrees Celsius.

 
May
June
July
Max Temp in °C
19
23
25
Min Temp in °C
10
14
15

Currency

Since March 2002 the only official Austrian currency is the Euro "? ".

Banking Hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 08:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:00
- Thursday: 8:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 17:00
- Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays Exchange

Exchange Offices: Railway stations, city center

Automated Teller Machines (cash dispensers): outside of banks, cash can be withdrawn around the clock at cash dispensers throughout Vienna. National and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) are accepted. Other automated teller cards are national and foreign MasterCards, American Express cards, Visa credit cards and Diners cards as well as the Cirrus and Visa-Plus cash cards that belong to this payment system.

Electricity

The main voltage in Austria is 220 V AC.

Connector plugs or outlets generally correspond to the Euro-norm, but as a precaution one should still bring an adaptor.

Links

people enjoying the conferenceSince 1999, the Global Forum on Reinventing Government has addressed the need for improvements in governance and public administration. Previous conferences have been hosted in Washington, D.C., Brasilia, Naples, Marrakech, Mexico City and Seoul. Each has examined a different theme related to government reinvention.

1st Forum (U.S.A.) - 1999
Strategies for 21st Century Government

2nd Forum (Brazil) - 2000
A Democratic State and Governance in the 21st Century

3rd Forum (Italy) - 2001
Fostering Democracy and Development through E-Government

4th Forum (Morocco) - 2002
Citizens, Businesses, and Governments: Dialogue and Partnerships for Democracy and Development

5th Forum (Mexico) - 2003
Innovation and Quality in the Government of the 21st Century

6th Forum (Republic of Korea) - 2005
Toward Participatory and Transparent Governance

7th Forum (United Nations) - 2007
Building Trust in Government

In 2007, the United Nations hosted the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government on the theme of "Building Trust in Government" at its headquarters in Vienna. Trust was examined in terms of its relationship with public sector capacities and the costs in its absence. The conference, which was organized in cooperation with the Government of Austria, also explored strategies and innovations that generate improvements in governance and earn the trust of citizens. Efficient, accountable, effective and transparent governance plays a key role in the implementation of policy objectives and internationally agreed goals. Stressing the need to strengthen public sector capacities, the United Nations General Assembly has welcomed the support provided by the Secretariat to the Global Forum through resolution A/RES/57/277.

imageHosted for the first time by the United Nations, in partnership with the Austrian Goverment, the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government offered plenary sessions, workshops and meetings, designed to contribute directly to the Millennium Development Goals by strengthening state capacity and improving the quality of governance.

Over the course of four days, the conference examined best practices and alternative strategies for "Building Trust in Government." Senior officials were able to exchange innovations in government reinvention, share perspectives with international colleagues, and discuss different methods of strengthening public confidence. The conference also aimed to promote better international and regional cooperation, while giving government officials an opportunity to exchange good practices and experiences.

Participating in the Forum were Heads of State, prime ministers, ministers, parliamentarians, government officials, experts, CEOs, representatives of international organizations and civil society organizations.

Main Theme:
Building Trust in Government


Dates and Venue:
From 26 to 29 June 2007 at UN Headquarters in Vienna.

Format

The 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government included an opening ceremony, followed by plenary sessions, workshops, closing ceremony, and the final declaration.

Opening Ceremony: Heads of State, prime ministers, other eminent personalities and United Nations representatives delivered opening speeches.

Plenary Sessions: Senior officials, international experts and governance stakeholders from civil society organizations and the private sector delivered keynote speeches and introduced practical cases of reinvention.

Workshops: Participants chose from one of seven capacity development workshops to enable greater examination, discussion and debate of selected themes.

Side Events: Senior officials engage international colleagues, exchange perspectives and discuss lessons learned at a series of round tables on government reinvention.

Exhibition: Governments, international institutions, civil society organizations and businesses from around the world showcased innovations that have improved conditions for citizens and fostered trust.

Special Meetings: Ministerial Round Table on Building Trust, Parliamentary Forum, Mayoral Round Table "Local Governments: Partners for Development," Round Table on Building Trust in the Electoral Process: Electoral Dispute Mechanisms, Meeting of Institutes of Public Administration, Seventh Interregional Consultative Meeting of UNPAN, Network of Innovators in Governance in the Mediterranean Region, and others.

Books: The Government Reinvention Series will be released at the Forum:
Programme Handbook
7th Global Forum Programme Handbook ( English | French | Spanish )
7th Global Forum Programme Handbook Cover ( English | French | Spanish)

Speakers and Leaders Handbook
Speakers and Leaders Handbook ( English | French | Spanish )

Brochure 7th Global Forum Brochure (in English)
7th Global Forum Brochure (in French)
7th Global Forum Brochure (in Spanish)

Aide Memoire 7th Global Forum Aide Memoire (in Arabic)
7th Global Forum Aide Memoire (in Chinese)
7th Global Forum Aide Memoire (in English)
7th Global Forum Aide Memoire (in French)
7th Global Forum Aide Memoire (in Russian)
7th Global Forum Aide Memoire (in Spanish)

Vienna Declaration Conclusions and key areas of consensus that emerged from the 7th Global Forum discussions are included in the Vienna Declaration on Building Trust in Government, which was prepared by the Drafting Committee at the Forum.

Agenda
Monday, 25 June 2007 Pre-Forum Activities
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Global Forum Registration Opens
Entrance Lobby, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special Meetings
(closed participation)

Parliamentary Forum
Organized by the
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Austrian Parliament Building, Ringstraße, Vienna

Mayoral Forum on Local Governments:
Partners for Development
Organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
Hall LM, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

Meeting of the Institutes
of Public Administration

Organized by the United Nations Department
of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Hall E2, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

Round Table on Building Trust in the Electoral Process: Electoral Dispute Mechanisms
Organized by the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
and the Electoral Assistance Division
of the United Nations Department
of Political Affairs (EAD/DPA)
Room O1-241, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

Seventh Interregional Consultative
Meeting of UNPAN

Organized by the United Nations Department
of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Hall N, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

Network of Innovators in Governance
in the Mediterranean Region

Organized by the United Nations Department
of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Hall O, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meeting of the Drafting Committee
(closed participation)
Lounge 1, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meeting of the Capacity Development Workshop Coordinators
Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
(closed participation)
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 Day I
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Global Forum Registration Opens
Entrance Lobby, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
8:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

Welcome Performance
The Vienna Boys Choir

Chairperson
Mr. José Antonio Ocampo
Under-Secretary General for Economic
and Social Affairs, United Nations

Opening Statement
Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro
Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Welcome Address
H.E. Dr. Heinz Fischer
Federal President of the Republic of Austria

Statements
Heads of States and Government
10:30 a.m. Plenary Session I:
Citizen Expectations and Trust in the State
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna
Chair: Jocelyne Bourgon
Chair, UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration
Ambassador, Canadian Permanent Mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2003-2006)
President Emeritus, Canada School of Public Service

Speakers:

Mary Robinson
President of Ireland (1990-1997)
United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights (1997-2002)
President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

Hage Geingob
Prime Minister of the
Republic of Namibia (1990-2002)
Executive Secretary of the
Global Coalition for Africa (2003-2004)
Member of Parliament of Namibia

Egor Gaydar
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (1992)
Executive Vice-President of the
International Democratic Union
Director, Institute for the Economy in Transition

Luigi Nicolais
Minister of Public Administration Reform
and Innovation of the Government of Italy - Governing Board Member

Angel Gurría
Secretary-General
Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Minister of Foreign Afairs of Mexico (1994-1998)
Minister of Finance of Mexico (1998-2000)

11:55 a.m. Session I: Discussion
12:15 p.m. United Nations Public Service Awards

Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs will provide winners with the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service in the following categories:

- Improving Transparency, Accountability, and Responsiveness in Public Service
- Improving the Delivery of Services
- Fostering Participation in Policy-Making Decisions Through Innovative Mechanisms

12:45 p.m. Luncheon Event
World Harmony Foundation
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
2:00 p.m. Celebratory Performance
National Centre for Korean
Traditional Performing Arts
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
2:30 p.m. Plenary Session II:
Building Trust through Transparent
Governance and Access to Information
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: to be confirmed
Speakers: Vicente Fox Quesada
President, United Mexican States (2000-2006)
Governor of Guanajuato State (1995-1999)

Anwar Ibrahim
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (1993 -1998)
Chairman of the Development Committee, World Bank and International Monetary Fund (1998)
President, AccountAbility

Josef Moser
President, Austrian Court of Audit Secretary General, International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)

David M. Walker
Comptroller General of the
United States of America
Public Trustee for Social Security
and Medicare (1990-1995)
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Pension
and Welfare Benefit Programs (1987-1989)

Huguette Labelle
Chair, Board of Transparency International (TI)
Chancellor, University of Ottawa
Board Member, UN Global Compact
3:55 p.m. Session II: Discussions
4:15 p.m. Plenary Session III:
Building Trust through Better Access
and Service Delivery
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Minister of Public Service and Administration
of South Africa
Minister for Welfare and Population Development (1996-1999)
Speakers: Philippe Etienne
Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary (2002-05)
Director General for International Cooperation and Development of France (DGCID)

Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka
Under-Secretary-General, United Nations
Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

David Osborne
Senior Partner, Public Strategies Group
Author of New York Times Bestsellers Reinventing Government and Banishing Bureaucracy

Daniyal Aziz
Federal Minister and Chairman
National Reconstruction Bureau
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
5:40 p.m. Session III: Discussions
6:00 p.m. Close of Day I
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
by the Government of Austria
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 Day II
8:00 a.m. Global Forum Registration Opens
Entrance Lobby, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
9:00 a.m. Plenary Session IV:
Civil Society Engagement and Participation
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: Fernando Cardoso
President of the Federative Republic
of Brazil (1995-2003)
Chair of the Panel of Eminent Persons
on United Nations-Civil Society Relations
Speakers: Kumi Naidoo
Secretary-General, World Alliance
for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)
Founding Executive Director of the
South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)

Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah
President, Al Akhawayn University
Minister of Education of the
Kingdom of Morocco (1995-1998)
Member, World Bank Institute
Advisory Council (WBI)

Franz Küberl
President, Caritas Austria
Chairman, Sustainable Austria Forum

Inwon Choue
President, Kyung-Hee University
Republic of Korea
Dean, Graduate School
of NGO Studies (2001-2004)

Rigoberta Menchú Tum (invited)
1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
10:25 a.m. Session IV: Discussions
10:45 a.m. Plenary Session V:
Trust, the Electoral, and Parliamentary Process
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: Vidar Helgesen
Secretary-General, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway (2001-2005)
Speakers: Nino Burjanadze
President of Georgia (2003-2004)
Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia

Rima Khalaf Hunaidi
Chair, United Nations Democracy Fund
UN Assistant Secretary General and
Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau
for Arab States (2000 to 2006)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning (1999-2000)

Naser Al Sane
Head, Arab Parliamentarians
Against Corruption (APAC)
Vice Chair, Global Parliamentarians
Against Corruption (GOPAC)
Member of the National Assembly of Kuwait

Larry Diamond
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Co-Director, International Forum for
Democratic Studies of the
National Endowment for Democracy
Founding Coeditor, Journal of Democracy
12:10 p.m. Session V: Discussions
12:45 p.m. Luncheon Event
CISCO
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
2:00 p.m. Plenary Session VI:
Building Trust through Public Private Partnerships
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: Hafiz Pasha
Assistant-Secretary-General and
Assistant Administrator United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
Director, UNDP Regional Bureau
for Asia and the Pacific
Speakers: Reinhard Platzer
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board Kommunalkredit Bank, Austria

Mohammad Sharaf
Chief Executive Officer
DP World, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mohamed Ibrahim
Founder and Chairman of CELTEL International
Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Award for Achievement in African Leadership

Siim Kallas
Vice President of the European Commission
Prime Minister of Estonia (2002-2003)
3:25 p.m. Session VI: Discussions
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ministerial Round Table on Building Trust in Government
Hall B, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chaired by José Antonio Ocampo
Under-Secretary General for Economic
and Social Affairs, United Nations

3:45 p.m. Plenary Session VII:
Governance Challenges in Crisis
and Post-Conflict Countries
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: Kathleen Cravero
Assistant Administrator and Director
Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Speakers: Yakubu Gowon
President of Nigeria (1966-1975)
President and Chairman
Yakubu Gowon Centre (YGC)

Lakhdar Brahimi
Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser
to the UN Secretary-General (2004-2005)
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (2001-2004), Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria (1991-1993)

Abdoulie Janneh
United Nations Under-Secretary-General
Executive Secretary of the Economic
Commission for Africa (ECA)
Assistant-Secretary-General and
UNDP Regional Director for Africa (2000-2005)

Ramesh Thakur
Distinguished Fellow, Centre for
International Governance and Innovation (CIGI)
Senior Vice-Rector, Peace and
Governance Programme
United Nations University Centre
Tokyo (1998-2007)
5:10 p.m. Session VII: Discussions
5:30 p.m. Gala Concert
for the Celebration of the 7th Global Forum
China International Culture
Communication Centre (CICC)
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
7:30 p.m. Evening Reception by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation

Grand Hotel Wien, Kaerntner Ring 9, A-1010
Thursday, 28 June 2007 Day III
8:00 a.m. Global Forum Registration Opens
Entrance Lobby, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Capacity Development Workshops begin
Workshop 1: Restoring Trust in Government
Through Public Sector Innovation
Workshop 2: Managing Knowledge to Build Trust
in Government
Workshop 3: Decentralization and Local Governance
Workshop 4: Improving the Quality of the Electoral
and Parliamentary Process
Workshop 5: Building Trust through Civic Engagement
Workshop 6: Reinvention with Integrity:
Using the UN Convention Against Corruption
Workshop 7: Governance Challenges in Crisis
and Post-Conflict Countries
10:30 a.m. Break for Coffee and Tea
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
11:00 a.m. Capacity Development Workshops
(Continued)
12:30 p.m. Luncheon Event
Dubai School of Government (DSG)
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
2:00 p.m. Capacity Development Workshops
(Continued)
3:30 p.m. Break for Coffee and Tea
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
4:00 p.m. Capacity Development Workshops
(Continued)
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ACE Demonstration Session by IDEA
Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Drafting Committee Meeting (closed)
Lounge 1, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reception by the Mayor of Vienna
Entrance Lobby, UN Office at Vienna (UNOV)
Friday, 29 June 2007 Day IV
8:00 a.m. Global Forum Registration Opens
Entrance Lobby, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
9:00 a.m. Capacity Development Workshops
(Continued)
10:30 a.m. Break for Coffee and Tea
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
11:00 a.m. Capacity Development Workshops
(Continued)
12:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
Lounge 3-6, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
2:00 p.m. Plenary Presentation of the Workshop Results
Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: G. Shabbir Cheema
Global Forum Coordinator
Principal Adviser and Programme Director
on Governance, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
3:00 p.m. Wrap-Up Session:
Ministerial Panel on the Regional Forums

Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Chair: Guido Bertucci
Director, Division for Public Administration
and Development Management, United Nations
Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Regional Forum in Asia

Myung-jae Park
Minister of Government Administration
and Home Affairs (MOGAHA)
Republic of Korea

Regional Forum in Africa

Protais Musoni
Minister of Local Government, Good Governance, Community Development and Social Affairs
of Rwanda

Regional Forum in the Arab States

Mohammad Khalfan bin Kharbash
Minister of Finance and Industry
United Arab Emirates

Regional Forum in the Pacific Islands

Otoichi Besebes
Minister of Commerce and Trade
Republic of Palau

Regional Forum in the Caribbean

Rawle Eastmond
Minister of Labor and the Civil Service

Regional Forum in Latin America

Paulo Bernardo Silva
Minister of Planning, Budget, and Management
Federative Republic of Brazil

Regional Forum in Eastern Europe

Vitalie M. Vrabie
Minister of Public Administration, Republic of Moldova

Regional Forum in Western Europe

Heidrun Silhavy
State Secretary, Federal Chancellery, Republic of Austria
4:20 p.m. Adoption of the Vienna Declaration
on Building Trust in Government

Hall A, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

- Closing Statements
- Farewell Performance
5:30 p.m. Close of the 7th Global Forum
on Reinventing Government

List of Plenary Speakers
image2 World renowned speakers and authorities on governance will present an overview on key issues related to governance and building trust in government.

H.E. Mr. Vicente Fox Quesada **
President, United Mexican States (2000-2006)
Governor of Guanajuato State (1995-1999)

H.E. Ms. Mary Robinson **
President of Ireland (1990-1997)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002)
President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

H.E. Dr. Fernando Cardoso **
President of the Federative Republic of Brazil (1995 - 2003)
Chair, Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations, Member,
High Level Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor

H.E. Dr. Nino Burjanadze **
President of Georgia (2003-2004)
Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia

H.E. Mr. Yakubu Gowon **
President of Nigeria (1966-1975)
President and Chairman, Yakubu Gowon Centre (YGC)

H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob **
Prime Minister of Namibia (1990-2002)
Executive Secretary of the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA)
Chairman of the President's Economic Advisory Council
Member of Parliament of Namibia

H.E. Mr. Egor Gaydar **
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (1992)
Executive Vice-President of the International Democratic Union Director, Institute for the Economy in Transition

H.E. Mr. Siim Kallas **
Prime Minister of Estonia (2002-2003)
Vice President of the European Commission

H.E. Mr. Angel Gurría **
Secretary-General
Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Minister of Foreign Afairs of Mexico (1994-1998)
Minister of Finance of Mexico (1998-2000)

H.E. Dr. Josef Moser **
President, Austrian Court of Audit
Secretary General, International Organisation of
Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)

Mr. David M. Walker **

Comptroller General of the United States of America
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Pension and
Welfare Benefit Programs (1987-1989)

Dr. Huguette Labelle **

Chair of the Board, Transparency International
Chancellor, University of Ottawa
Board Member, UN Global Compact

Mr. Vidar Helgesen **
Secretary-General, International Institute
for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway (2001-2005)

H.E. Ms. Ursula Plassnik **
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Republic of Austria

H.E. Mr. Luigi Nicolais **
Minister of Public Administration,
Reform, and Innovation of Italy

Mr. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim **
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (1993 -1998)
Minister of Finance for Malaysia (1991-1998)
Chairman of the Development Committee
of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (1998)
President, AccountAbility

H.E. Mr. Park Myung-jae **
Minister of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA),
Republic of Korea
President, Central Officials Training Institute (2003-2006)
Standing Ombudsman & Secretary General (2001-2002)

H.E. Dr. Mohammad Khalfan bin Kharbash **
Minister of Finance and Industry, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Mr. Protais Musoni **
Minister of Local Government, Good Governance, Community Development and Social Affairs of Rwanda

H.E. Mr. Rawle Eastmond **
Minister of Labor and the Civil Service, Barbados

H.E. Mr. Vitalie M. Vrabie **
Minister of Public Administration, Republic of Moldova

Ms. Heidrun Silhavy **
State Secretary, Federal Chancellery, Republic of Austria

H.E. Mr. Otoichi Besebes **
Minister of Commerce and Trade
Republic of Palau

H.E. Mr. Philippe Etienne **
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (2002-05)
General Director for International Cooperation
and Development of France (DGCID)
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite

H.E. Ms. Jocelyne Bourgon **
Ambassador, Canadian Permanent Mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Chair, United Nations Committee of Experts
on Public Administration

H.E. Ms. Geraldine J. Fraser-Moleketi **
Minister for Public Service and Administration of South Africa
Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration

Mr. Daniyal Aziz **
Chairman, National Reconstruction Bureau
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan

Dr. Naser Al Sane, MP **
Head, Arab Parliamentarians Against Corruption (APAC)
Vice Chair, Global Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC)
Member of the National Assembly of Kuwait
Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative Development (1988-1992)

Mr. David Osborne **
Co-author of New York Times bestsellers
Reinventing Government and Banishing Bureaucracy:
The Five Strategies for Reinventing Government

Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim **
Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Prize
for Achievement in African Leadership
Founder and Chairman, Celtel International
Member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board
of the London Business School

Dr. Kumi Naidoo **
Secretary-General, World Alliance
for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)
Founding Executive Director of the
South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)

Dr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah **
President, Al Akhawayn University, Kingdom of Morocco
Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Morocco (1995-1998)
Member, World Bank Institute Advisory Council (WBI)

Dr. Inwon Choue **
President of Kyung Hee University
Chairman of the Committee for the Global NGO Complex

Dr. Reinhard Platzer **
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Kommmunalkredit Bank

Mr. Mohammad Sharaf **
Chief Executive Officer
DP World

Mr. Franz Küberl **
President, Caritas Austria

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro **
Deputy Secretary-General
United Nations

Mr. José Antonio Ocampo **
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations

Mr. Hafiz Pasha **
Assistant Secretary General
United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator (UNDP)
Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Ms. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka **
Executive Director, United Nations
Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh *
United Nations Under-Secretary-General
Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Assistant-Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa (2000-2005)

Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi **

Ambassador and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General (2004-2005)
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (2001 - 2004)
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria (1991 - 1993)

Dr. Rima Khalaf Hunaidi **
Chair, United Nations Democracy Fund
Former UN Assistant Secretary General and
Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States
United Nations Development Programme

Ms. Kathleen Cravero **
Assistant Administrator and Director
Bureau for Crisis Prevention Recovery, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Dr. Ramesh Thakur **
Senior Vice-Rector, Peace and Governance Programme
United Nations University Centre, Tokyo (1998-2007)
Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), University of Waterloo

Mr. Larry Diamond **
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Co-Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies
of the National Endowment for Democracy
Founding Coeditor, Journal of Democracy

* Invited
** Confirmed


Closed meeting

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Hall B, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)

At the same time as Plenary Session VI, a Ministerial Roundtable on Building Trust in Government also took place. Ministers from around the world received the opportunity to present and exchange their innovative programmes and policies to improve trust in government, public administration and governance. The Ministerial Roundtable on Building Trust in Government thus provided a venue for the sharing of best practices and the learning of good lessons on the empirical dimension of trust-building mechanisms.

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CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
G. Shabbir Cheema
Global Forum Secretariat
United Nations
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Email:7thglobalforum@un.org

The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service. unpsa

2007 United Nations Public Service Awards Winners were awarded with the most prestigious recognition for public service excellence in Vienna on 26 June during the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government.

This year the Sub-Committee of Experts in Public Administration for the UNPSA decided to recognize not only the winners of the UNPSA, but also the finalists to commend their efforts in contributing to improved public sector performance.

Click here to access the list of 2007 Winners and Finalists.
Click here to download the UNPSA Brochure.
Click here for more details on the UNPSA 2007 and previous years.

Partners

Since 2001, the Government of Italy has provided financial support to organize capacity development workshops to provide opportunities for high-level training and exchange of good practices between senior officials from developing countries. The UNDP is also a long time financial and substantive contributor. The Governments of Austria, France and the Republic of Korea joined Italy and the UNDP to support the 7th Global Forum.

Click here to learn about opportunities for private sector partnership in the 7th Global Forum.

Members of the Institutional Partners Group
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
- United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
- United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- United Nations Governance Centre (UNGC)
- World Bank

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Austria
- Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) of the Republic of Korea
- Ministry of Public Administration of Italy
- Queensland Community Engagement Alliance, Australia
- City of Vienna

- Africa Governance Institute (AGI)
- Alliance to Lay New Foundations for Governance in Africa
- Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
- Dubai School of Government (DSG)
- East-West Center
- Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA)
- Formez Study and Training Center
- International Budget Project (IBP)
- Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
- International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
- Kyung Hee University
- Municipal Development Partnership (MDP)
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
- Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University
- Transparency International (TI)
- World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)


Private Sector Sponsorships

- Austrian Airlines
- MBI International & Partners
- WorldMadeChannel B.V
- World Harmony Foundation
- China International Culture Communication Centre (CICCC)
- Microsoft
- CISCO
- Administra.it by Openet Technologies S.p.A
- Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF)
- The World Peace Charity Foundation


Opportunities for Private Sector Partnership

The 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government will take place at United Nations Headquarters in Vienna from 26 to 29 June 2007 on the theme of "Building Trust in Government." It will offer plenary sessions and a series of parallel capacity development workshops on different aspects of revitalizing governance and public administration to build trust in Government. Participants (up to 3,000) will include Heads of State (10-15); ministers (150-200), senior government and United Nations officials, parliamentarians, mayors, world leaders from private sector and civil society.

Traditionally, international and national institutions and entities cooperate and provide support to the United Nations in organizing the Global Forums. The private sector would be able to participate in the 7th Global Forum through one or more of the following modalities:

1. Production of 3,000 CD-disks with materials about the regional forums, UN reports and other relevant documents;

2. Establishment of an Internet center for the participants at the premises of the Forum. We need 100 laptops to be permanently connected to Internet. A sponsor will also absorb all communication charges related to the internet connection;

3. Production of 2,500 briefcases for the participants of the Forum;

4. Printing process of 3,000 notepads and production of 3,000 pens for the participants of the Forum;

5. Providing receptions, lunches and coffee breaks for the participants of the Forum (a number of participants and locations will be discussed and finalized upon receiving an expression of interest);

The United Nations could offer various forms of its appreciation and recognition to the supporters of the Forum. The modality and format would depend on a scale of support and would be discussed in a case by a case approach. Meantime, the UN recognition and appreciation package could include:

- Participation in high level Forum discussions and round-tables as resource expert especially in the area of public-private partnerships;

- Making presentations during the Forum and workshops especially on public-private partnerships;

- Support the country level follow ups of the Forum;

- Appreciation letter(s) from the United Nations;

- Recognition a name of the contributor in: UN press release(s), media advisory for the press, the programme, the website of the Forum, and special items such as briefcases, notepads and etc;


Workshops

During the third and fourth days of the Global Forum, seven capacity development workshops enabled participants to examine selected topics in more detail. Organized by members of the Institutional Partners Group (IPG), each workshop examined different tools, methodologies and strategies that can strengthen trust and improve governance. The topics and organizers of the workshops were as follows.


1. Restoring Trust in Government through Public Sector Innovations
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Harvard University
  • United Nations Governance Centre (UNGC)
  • Formez Study and Training Center

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2. Managing Knowledge to Build Trust in Government

  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) of the Republic of Korea
  • Dubai School of Government (DSG)
  • World Bank Institute (WBI)

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3. Decentralization and Local Governance

  • Government of France
  • Alliance to Lay New Foundations for Governance in Africa
  • Municipal Development Partnership (MDP)

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4. Improving the Quality of the Electoral and Parliamentary Process

  • International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
  • In partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF); and
  • International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES)

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5. Building Trust through Civic Engagement

  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • State Government of Queensland, Australia
  • International Budget Project (IBP)
  • Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University
  • Kyung Hee University

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6. Reinvention with Integrity: Using the UN Convention Against Corruption

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Transparency International (TI)
  • World Bank

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7. Governance Challenges in Crisis and Post-Crisis Countries

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Africa Governance Institute (AGI)
  • World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS)

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Prior to the Global Forum, eight Regional Forums on Reinventing Government identified region specific issues, challenges and responses within the area of governance and public administration.The conclusions that emerged from these meetings helped to influence the trajectory of the Global Forum and were presented in plenary to participants in Vienna.

1. Regional Forum in the Pacific Islands
- Nadi, Republic of the Fiji Islands from 20-22 February 2006

group2 2. Regional Forum in the Arab States
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 25-27 April 2006

3. Regional Forum in Asia
- Seoul, Republic of Korea
from 6-8 September 2006

4. Regional Forum in Eastern Europe
- St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
from 28-30 September 2006 group1

5. Regional Forum in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
from 11-13 December 2006

6. Regional Forum in Latin America
- Brasilia, Brazil
from 2-4 May 2007

7. Regional Forum in the Caribbean
- Bridgetown, Barbados
from 7-8 May 2007

8. Regional Forum in Western Europe
- Rome, Italy
on 21 May 2007

A series of special meetings were held on Monday, 25 June, before the official opening of the 7th Global Forum on the morning of Tuesday, 26 June. These meetings were organized by specific groups of participants of the Global Forum to engage colleagues, exchange perspectives and discuss lessons learned in their specific fields of interest concerning "Building Trust in Government."

Parliamentary Forum

Organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
(Closed meeting)

Date: Monday, 25 June 2007
Venue: Austrian Parliament Building, Ringstraße, Vienna
Participation: Parliamentarians

The Parliamentary Forum will provide an opportunity for the Members of Parliaments all around the world to discuss and review the different components of electoral systems, models of interest representation, coalition-building, innovative and transparent channels of participation, and new and effective modes of communication with their constituencies. The main theme will concentrate on the building-blocks of parliamentary democracy. Parliaments as agenda-setters and voices of the people can have significant power and influence in building and maintaining trust. Discussions will, therefore, follow on how Parliaments can contribute to the establishing of accountable governments, to the development of information societies, to the empowerment of marginalized groups, to the creation of arenas of interactive participation by constituencies, and ultimately to sustainable development and good governance.

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Mayoral Round Table

Organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme
(UN-HABITAT)
(Closed meeting)

Date: Monday, 25 June 2007
Venue: Hall LM, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Participation: Mayors

The Mayoral Round Table on Local Governments: Partners for Development will provide an opportunity for local and regional governors from different regions of the world to focus on responsible local governance and the importance of local, national, and international partnerships to leverage resources and enhance productivity. The process of decentralization, its advantages and limitations, consequences and the different methods of implementation will constitute the gist of the discussions as will the significance of local governance. Public meetings, neighborhood councils, citizen juries and other innovative means of institutionalizing transparent and effective public participation will be under scrutiny as important trust-building tools in this meeting. Links between decentralization and effective governance at the local level will be established through examples from different parts of the world applying or contemplating to apply decentralization measures.

Meeting of Institutes of Public Administration

Organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
(Closed meeting)

Date: 25 June 2007
Venue: Hall E2, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Participation: Directors of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration, MDIs, staff colleges and university faculties

The crucial role of efficient public administration is a given for sustainable development. The Meeting of Institutes of Public Administration “Capacity Building for Standards of Excellence in Public Administration Education and Training” will bring together the heads and faculty of public administration schools from around the world to discuss the new methodologies for improving the quality of public administration education and training. Questions of how to enhance institutional and structural capacity in public administration education and training and how to ensure regional and sub-regional cooperation towards strengthening the capacity of Public Administration Schools will be investigated by renowned experts of public administration worldwide.

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Round Table on Building Trust in the Electoral Process

Organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations, Department of Political Affairs (EAD/DPA)
(Closed meeting)

Date: Monday, 25 June 2007
Venue: Room O1-241, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Participation: Representatives of Electoral Management Bodies, Electoral Courts and Tribunals, International Electoral Assistance Organisations and Civil Society Organisations

The Roundtable on Building Trust in the Electoral Process: Electoral Dispute Mechanisms will offer a forum for practitioners and experts to share their experiences on the effectiveness of the Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR) mechanisms and their appropriateness in given circumstances. The meeting will examine the full range of electoral tools and methods available today while identifying new arrangements for the changing needs and wants of globalised world’s societies and governments. The formal and informal EDR mechanisms, institutional and procedural requirements of electoral systems and revisions, election laws and jurisdictional matters will constitute some of the topics covered in this meeting. EDR mechanisms are the ultimate guarantor of the principle of free and fair elections. As such, the meeting will place emphasis on the fundamentals of trust-building practices in EDR processes and mechanisms.

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Seventh Interregional Consultative Meeting of UNPAN

Organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
(Closed meeting)

Date: Monday, 25 June 2007
Venue: Hall N, Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Participation: Public Administration and Finance officials

The United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance (UNPAN) is the most comprehensive, updated and innovative online portal which provides online information, training, advisory, conference and directory services on themes related with public administration, governance, knowledge systems and socioeconomic development. The 7 th Interregional Consultative Meeting will be the occasion for UNPAN to present its newly updated portal and examine the different ways in which members can make better use of it depending on their specific needs. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for participation of UNPAN members in the dissemination of the UN Public Service Day and Awards and the celebration of the 60 th Anniversary of the United Nations Public Administration for Development in 2008.

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Network of Innovators in Governance in the Mediterranean Region

Organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Date: Monday, 25 June 2007
Venue: Hall O Austria Centre Vienna (ACV)
Participation: Public administrators at various levels of representation from the Mediterranean Region

The InnovMed Programme was launched in 2003 to promote innovations and the exchange of innovative practices in governance in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Western Balkans. The first meeting of the Network of Innovators composed of public administrators, educators and civil society representatives from the region took place in France in 2006. It is imperative that public administration be transformed into a more responsive instrument to meet the needs of all citizens, who now demand a more service-oriented, efficient and transparent apparatus and mode of conduct. Therefore, this second meeting of the Network of Innovators will review the accomplishments noted since the first meeting and discuss and define a plan of action for the members of the Network for 2007-2008. The new training material produced by UNDESA and effective implementation of the Public Service Awards in the Mediterranean Region will also be among the topics to be covered.

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Hosted by the United Nations, the 7th Global Forum benefits from partnerships with a wide range of organizations and members of the UN system.

- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Within UNDESA, the Division for Public Administration and Development Management will orchestrate planning and coordination of inputs from other partners.

- United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
Consisting of 24 well-known international scholars and practitioners, CEPA advises on key issues related to the improvement of public administration and governance. In 2006, it met at UNHQ in New York to debate core themes related to trust and its relationship with governance.

- High Level Organizing Committee
Chaired by the Under-Secretary-General of UNDESA, the Committee includes prevous hosts of the Global Forum and current supporters. Members include ambassadors and representatives of Austria, Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, the Republic of Korea, and the United States of America.

- Advisory Committee
Recommendations for the plenary session topics, content and resource people will be provided by academics and specialists in the theme of trust in government.

- Institutional Partners Group (IPG)
Nearly 30 organizations will combine their expertise to organize the capacity development workshops. Led by UNDESA, the IPG includes entities from the UN system and well-known institutions, such as Harvard University and Transparency International.

 

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The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action. The Department works in three main interlinked areas:

(i) it compiles, generates and analyzes a wide range of economic, social and environmental data and information which Members States of the United Nations draw upon to review common problems and to take stock of policy options,

(ii) it facilitates the negotiations of Member States in many intergovernmental bodies on joint courses of action to address ongoing or emerging global challenges,

(iii) it advises interested Governments on the ways and means of translating policy frameworks developed in United Nations conferences and summits into programmes at the country level and, through technical assistance, helps build national capacities.
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Principal Adviser and Programme Director
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Public Administration and Development Management
United Nations

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Media & Press Releases Thank you for your interest in the 7th Global Forum on Reinventing Government. As an ongoing event that aims to promote capacity building in governance, this year the forum is focused on "Building Trust in Government".

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