1. Director of DPADM Meets with the Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations
DPADM Director met with the Permanent Representative of Bolivia to further discuss the DESA Secretariat's support to the proposed Bolivian resolution on civil service. As goals and targets on the proposed post-2015 development agenda require efficient public service for the successful implementation and realization of those goals, it would be an opportune time to introduce such a resolution, building on earlier GA resolutions on public service. It was agreed that the resolution be introduced during this year's plenary session. Bolivia is receptive to sponsoring the resolution single-handedly or with co-sponsors. The possibility of Austria as a co-sponsor to the resolution was proposed by Bolivia. DPADM/DESA also provided the list of previous sponsors on similar resolutions. Bolivia was also interested in holding an event to highlight some of the main ideas in the proposed resolution. A two-day conference in Bolivian cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Austria and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) in August was also tentatively agreed upon.
2. Support Mission to Togo on Sustainable Development Programme Implementation Approach
From 30 March to 3 April the Togo Mission took place following DPADM feedback on Togo's programme on capacity development and state modernisation for sustainable development implementation. The mission is within the context of the ongoing DPADM/DESA support to Togo’s programme on State modernization. The Government of Togo had requested technical support from DESA to finalise its programme document and develop a suitable implementation approach, including a roadmap, reflecting possible requests to partners as well as priority activities to be undertaken in a short run. The Ministers - known as leaders of the five main components of the programme - expressed their views on the implementation approach, particularly on how to make it more receptive to the Togolese people and more beneficial to Togo in the context of the regional and global settings. Working sessions were held with the ad hoc committee tasked with sustainable development along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Government counterparts providing three concrete outputs: a logical framework of the programme; a roadmap for a sound implementation of the programme; and a pipeline of possible requests to UN Departments and UNDP at country levels and at Headquarters.
3. Nepal Requests DPADM to Provide Support for Public Administration and E-Governance Reforms
On 4 April, DPADM/DESA, through its UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) received a request for collaboration and support from Mr. Suresh Adhikari, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of General Administration of Nepal. He also took part in the recent Regional Training Workshop in Asia and the Pacific on "Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Management Using E-Government" held in Songdo, Republic of Korea where he had an opportunity to learn more about the activities of UNPOG. Nepal is in the process of restructuring its public administration and the Government places great emphasis on governance reforms, through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and requested DPADM's support for capacity building.
4. Dominican Republic and Paraguay Request Advisory Support From DPADM on E-Government Development
On 7 April, the First National E-Government Congress organized by the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office of the Presidency together with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Network of e-Government Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean and UNDESA was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. DPADM delivered a keynote address and concluding remarks at the Congress. At a bilateral meeting, the Vice-President of Dominican Republic expressed her appreciation for DPADM and requested advisory support on E-government development. On 8 April, DPADM also held a working session with Vice-Ministers and Directors from various Ministries and Agencies (Economy, Finance, Health, Education, Social Services, Public Administration, Labour, Public Purchases, Agriculture, Women, Ethics and Integrity, Statistics, Technology, Ombudsman) where issues related to the improvement of public service delivery, interoperability and citizen engagement through e-government development were discussed. The mission resulted in a request from the ICT Office of the President to DPADM for a cooperation framework to strengthen its advisory support. On 15 April, the National Secretariat for Information and Communications Technology of Paraguay (SENATICs) contacted DPADM for possible support in enhancing integrated public services through online platform. In response, DPADM cited successful cases in Chile, Colombia and Uruguay in promoting close interaction between their respective e-government policies and national development strategies. As a result, SENATICs will send an official communication to DPADM to request for a technical advisory mission.
5. DPADM Presentation at the World Bank’s East African Regional Virtual Learning Series: Advancing Public Participation in the Audit Process
On 14 April, DPADM made an online presentation at the East African Region Virtual Learning Series on Advancing Public Participation in the Audit Process coordinated from the World Bank Headquarters. Senior officials of the supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania participated in the online event. The Series aimed to facilitate south-south knowledge exchanges and encourage dialogue on the benefits of public participation in audits. It presented the challenges and opportunities in the East African regional context. DPADM apprised the participants on select information from GA resolutions 66/201 and 69/228, outcomes and proposed next steps from the 23rd United Nations International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (UN/INTOSAI) Symposium, (Vienna –March 2015); and examples from DESA/DPADM’s compendium on Citizen Engagement Practices by Supreme Audit Institutions on how citizen participation can assist SAIs in audit planning, implementation and follow-up to recommendations.
6. DPADM Visits Colombia in Preparation for the 2015 UNPSA
From 15 to 18 April, the Government invited DPADM for a two-day preparatory mission that includes consultations in Medellin and Bogota to discuss innovation and creativity in the public sector with the national teams in the ministries responsible for public service and ICT. In addition, DPADM will inspect the proposed site for the 2015 UNPSA Ceremony and Forum. The 2015 UNPSA is scheduled to be held in the city of Medellin, Colombia from 23-26 June.
7. IGF/MAG /DPADM Participates in Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015
On 16 and 17 April, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat/DPADM and the Chair of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) participated in the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCSC) in Hague, Netherlands. The conference convened representatives of governments, international organizations, businesses, civil society, academia and the technical community to discuss key developments in the cyber domain with a view to presenting a forward-looking agenda to promote a free, open and secure cyberspace. The Chair’s Statement noted the conference’s strong support for the renewal of the IGF’s mandate beyond 2015, to be decided on by the UN General Assembly in December 2015. It also called for this year’s concluding stages of the WSIS 10+ Review to be as open and inclusive as possible, ensuring the meaningful participation of all stakeholders. The conference also launched the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise. Mexico announced its intention to host the next Cyberspace Conference in 2016 or 2017.
8. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meets with Mr. Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development
On 21 April, ASG Montiel received a courtesy call from the ICANN delegation who provided an update on its current efforts at globalizing its presence and services and transition of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. They also informed DESA of their plans to brief UN missions on the technical role of ICANN and its technical sister organizations within internet governance.
9. UN Public Administration Network (UNPAN) Partners Plan Activities in Support of the Sustainable Development Agenda
On 21 April, the UNPAN Partners Meeting was opened by ASG Montiel as a side-event to the 14th CEPA Session. Thirteen UNPAN Partner institutions worldwide participated, including representatives from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Office of the Prime Minister of Namibia who joined as Observers. While the first session of the Meeting focused on reviewing the work of UNPAN in 2014, the second session was dedicated to discussions on UNPAN’s contribution to the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals. UNPAN Partners indicated strong support and interest in linking the work of the Network to the new development agenda, especially Goal 16. Suggested UNPAN activities on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) included online training courses, joint meetings and publications with DPADM, sharing of sustainable development best practices and innovations as well as awareness raising in the UNPAN Partners’ respective countries and regions.
10. DPADM holds a Meeting of the Governance and Institution Building (GIB) Cluster of the Executive Committee of Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA)
On 23 April DPADM held ECESA-GIB meeting as a side event to the 14th CEPA Session. The meeting was co-chaired by DESA with (UNDP and attended by representatives of other UN agencies and some CEPA members. This year’s informal meeting focused on a presentation on the status of post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations from the Division for Sustainable Development
4 (DSD)/DESA, followed by a question-and-answer session with DSD and short briefings from participating agencies. The issue of how to have more collaboration and synergy for the future was raised.
11. DPADM Organizes the Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG)
On 28 April, DPADM held the Annual Steering Committee meeting of UNPOG chaired by the DPADM Director. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA), the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and the Capacity Development Office. The meeting was opened by DPADM Director who conveyed Mr. Wu's message regarding DESA's continued commitment to work closely with UNPOG and the Government of the Republic of Korea. MOGAHA congratulated both UNPOG and DPADM on the progress that UNPOG has made over the past eight years and expressed its wish for continued cooperation in the future. At the meeting, the final evaluation of UNPOG was presented by an external consultant followed by a management response. Administrative, personnel and follow-up activities were also discussed.
12. DPADM's Participation at the Global Initiatives for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Workshop on Draft Principles for Public Participation & Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs)
On 30 April, at the invitation of the GIFT network, DPADM participated remotely at a roundtable on Draft Principles for Public Participation & SAIs, held at the World Bank Headquarters. Senior officials and representatives of the SAIs from Brazil, India, Philippines, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States shared good practices and challenges of engaging with the public in the external audit process. The event aimed to obtain a diverse discussion on a set of draft principles on public participation in fiscal policies and budget making. A final version of the principles will be produced in the second half of 2015 that includes a set of indicators for public participation, tools for measuring its impact and illustrative evidence of cases worldwide.