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28 February 2017
Small Island Developing States Symposium

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was held on 21-23 February 2017.

The Symposium was opened by The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. It was well attended by ministers and high-level officials from 40 over SIDS and other countries. A total of about 250 international and local participants contributed to the overarching focus of the Symposium - “equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”, with five thematic sessions surrounding topics of integrated implementation, institutions, mobilizing ICTS, monitoring and reviewing, and partnerships. The Symposium was conducted through dialogues and interactions among governments and various stakeholders from the civil society, private sector, international and regional organizations and close to 20 UN entities, through a mix of breakout discussions, show-and-tells, flash presentations, and plenary round-tables. Read more.
10 February 2017
Call for Nominations for the 2017 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA)
UNDESA's Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) has announced the call for nominations for the United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) 2017. The UNPSA recognises excellence in public service at the global level. It was launched in 2003 in order to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. In 2016, the UNPSA was reviewed and aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Winners of the 2017 UNPSA will be awarded during UN Public Service Forum to be held on 22-23 June in the Hague, Netherlands. The deadline for receiving nominations for the UNPSA is 17 March 2017.

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13 January 2017
Press Release: United Nations Calls for Public Service Awards Nominations for 2017
New York, 13 January 2017 - The United Nations has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA), aimed at promoting and recognizing innovation and excellence in public services supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the transformative agenda to boost prosperity around the world and ensure that no one is left behind.

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04 January 2017
Readying institutions and policies for integrated approaches to implementation of the 2030 Agenda

DESA’s DPADM (Division for Public Administration and Development Management and Division for Sustainable Development) along with DESA’s DSD (Division for Sustainable Development) and UNIDO organized an expert meeting on “Readying institutions for integrated approaches to the 2030 Agenda “from 14 to 16 December 2016 at UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna. The meeting reflected on the interlinkages among the seven SDGs to be reviewed by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2017 (poverty, hunger, health, gender, infrastructure, oceans and means of implementation) and how public institutions and policies can best deal with these interlinkages.

The key message was that taking full account of the interlinkages among the SDG areas will help accelerate implementation of the SDGs. Participants considered that institutions need to undertake a number of actions to promote integrated implementation such as ensuring continued leadership at the highest level but also promoting joint policy development at the working level and clarifying institutional mandates and opportunities for collaboration.

The outcome of the meeting will contribute to the thematic review of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2017, and inform the work of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration.

A summary of the meeting can be found here.

14 October 2016
The Role of Governments and All Stakeholders in Mobilizing ICTs for Sustainable Development
 

13 Oct 2016 New York - The Second Committee met for a side event on "The Role of Governments and All Stakeholders in Mobilizing ICTs for Sustainable Development” organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The panelists and speakers emphasized the tremendous role ICTs can play for achieving the 2030 Agenda. At the same time, while digital technologies have spread rapidly globally, the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind. Read more.
14 October 2016
2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Institutions and Sustainable Development
 

This note by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs summarizes the 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development deliberations on Sustainable Development Goal implementation from an institutional perspective. Read more.
05 August 2016
The United Nations E-Government Survey 2016 is Now Available in Chinese

The United Nations E-Government Survey 2016: E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development is now available in Chinese. The Survey presents a systematic assessment of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to transform the public sector by enhancing its efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, inclusiveness and supporting access to public services and citizen participation.

Click here to download the United Nations E-Government Survey 2016 in Chinese.
29 July 2016
Official Launch of the 2016 United Nations E-Government Survey
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs through the Division for Public Administration and Development Management is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2016: E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development.

Please click on the links below to view:
Press Release     E-Government Database    Publication
23 June 2016
Press Release: 2016 UN Public Service Day.

New York, 23 June—Emphasizing the critical role that public institutions must play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations will mark 2016 United Nations Public Service Day today by focusing on how to mobilize public institutions for the implementation of the SDGs. Read more.
04 May 2016
Remote Participation for the 2016 WSIS Forum Facilitation Meetings
  DPADM/UNDESA and ITU will be organizing two facilitation meetings during the 2016 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum. The themes of meetings will be “The Role of Public Authorities and Global/Regional Cooperation in Ensuring that No One is Left Behind in the Information Society” and “How e-Government can ensure that no one is left behind in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The facilitation meetings will provide a platform for participants to exchange information and experiences; to identify priority areas for implementation within the Action Lines and to explore synergies among different stakeholders for more effective knowledge sharing and collaboration in the implementation process. Remote participation is available. Click the title of each meeting for more information.
Events
 
Documents
Address by Minister Des Van Rooyen at the 2016 Municipal Demarcation Board Conference
This document is about the focus on the 2016 Report on cities as effective drivers of local and national development.
31 January 2017
Address by Minister Des Van Rooyen at the 2016 SALGA National Conference
This document is about the South African Local Government Association (SALGA celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.
31 January 2017
 
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