UNPAN Newsletter - Volume 15, Issue I April 2017



Volume 15, Issue I April 2017



Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway recognized the specific challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and their particular vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. The 2030 Agenda pledges to "Leave No One Behind" and calls for special attention to SIDS as they face unique vulnerabilities in their sustainable development.

The SIDS Symposium on "Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Equipping Public Institutions and Mobilizing Partnerships" was held on 21-23 February 2017. It was hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The Symposium showed that many SIDS are rapidly moving ahead with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway. Participants shared insights on how they have adapted the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to their national situation and priorities and incorporated them in their development plans and policies. It was found that developing and implementing integrated policies for realizing the SDGs is a difficult exercise. Various kinds of institutional arrangements can support this process and improve coordination within the government and beyond.

Some SIDS governments have been engaging civil society in the implementation of the SDGs. In some cases through institutionalized processes.

Realizing the SDGs is ultimately about changing mindsets. Sensitizing and training public servants was found to be very important. The symposium also recommended that UN Member States commit to including the SDGs in education curriculums at all levels.

SIDS are getting organized to keep their progress towards the SDGs under review. Parliaments and supreme audit institutions are critical actors in reviewing progress.

SIDS attach great importance to the international efforts to build statistical capacities.

The meeting showed that many partnerships are being launched to help implement the SDGs. Many participants stressed the importance of ensuring access of SIDS to concessional resources given their vulnerability.

An informal communique emanating from the discussions at the Symposium is available on line. The informal communique will inform the UN oceans conference, the high-level political forum on sustainable development, the UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration.

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 ttended by ministers and high-level officials from over 40 SIDS and other countries. A total of about 250 international and local participants attended.

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Readying institutions for integrated approaches to the 2030 Agenda

The 2016 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) showed that many countries are already well advanced in setting in motion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in September 2015. They are, however, grappling with the challenge of developing policies that integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and build on the synergies between the various goals and targets. The Vienna meeting thus aimed to explore how far we have gone in ensuring that institutions are organized and equipped to deliver integrated plans and policies to implement the SDGs.

The meeting focused on the group of SDGs to be reviewed by the HLPF in July 2017, namely the SDGs on eradicating poverty, ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives, achieving gender equality, building resilient infrastructure and promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and protecting oceans (Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14) as well as SDG 17 on means of Implementation. Attention was given to the interrelations among these goals and targets, as well as between them and the other SDGs.

Participants exchanged experiences on how institutional arrangements, plans, policies and means of implementation can best build on these inter linkages and achieve integrated approaches. They identified what has worked and reflect on solutions for the future. The meeting showed that many countries and organizations have been mapping the interrelations among the SDGs. There is need for simple instruments to help policy makers translate these complicated interrelationships into action. There is much experience in developing arrangements to deliver integrated approaches in some areas, from poverty to oceans. There remains many challenges and institutional gaps – such as in the area of food and nutrition. The high-level political forum on sustainable development is seen as an important platform to exchange lessons and mobilize support.

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The 3rd WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards

The WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards was established in 2011 to recognize and promote outstanding ICT and e-Government practices of cities and local governments around the world. The Awards recognize excellence in ICT, e-Governance, and Smart City solutions in the following categories: Open City, Digital Inclusion, Innovative Smart City, Sustainable City, e-Government Service, and Cooperative City. WeGO is receiving applications for the Awards until April 30, 2017, and interested cities should apply here.

XXX Contest of CLAD about State Reform and Public Administration Modernization 2017

XXX CLAD Contest on State Reform and Modernization of Public Administration 2017 is now accepting submissions of research on the theme of "Integrity and Ethics in Public Function". Research needs to address the issue of integrity and ethics in the public sector by highlighting theoretical and praxis elements that are part of government programs aimed at the most relevant aspects of the subject, such as progress and challenges, education for integrity, Citizen empowerment, ethics and organizational culture, institutional ethical frameworks. It is also important to know the theoretical and practical aspects of the ethical perspective of the Reform of the State, as well as the role of ethics in the deepening of Democracy. Such understanding is expected to contribute to the presentation of analyzes related to the impact of integrity and ethics in achieving the goals of sustainable development, as well as an open government context.

The deadline for submission, in both print and electronic versions, is 15 June, 2017 , and authors must make the necessary provisions to ensure that the papers reach the General Secretariat no later than that date.

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Innovation for Development

More than 300 people participated in a lecture given by Oscar Motomura, Brazilian management and leadership specialist and founder/CEO of Amana-Key - a center of excellence in global management, in a speech provided by the Government of Bahia on March 7th.

With the theme of Innovation for Development, Motomura highlighted concepts of "goodwill" and "elevation of consciousness", as solutions to problems faced by governments, civil society and the private sector. In addition, the lecture was driven by inquires directed from the audience, such as "How can I be a better leader if I am not a better person?"

The lecture of Motomura has raised awareness of fostering sustainable innovation, constructing a better world, and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The lecture was co-organized by the Secretariat of Science Technology and Innovation of the Government of the State of Bahia (SECTI), Bahia Economic and Social Development Council (CODES), Bahia Data Processing Company (PRODEB), as well as the state secretariats of Economic Development (SDE) and Planning (SEPLAN), the lecture attracted public officials, entrepreneurs, professors and students from the most diverse segments.

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Call for Papers: 2017 EROPA Conference

The 2017 EROPA Conference will be held in Seoul on 11-15 September 2017. The conference theme is on The Role of Public Governance in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming, Empowering and Network-Building.

The 2017 EROPA Conference Organizing Committee invites professionals, scholars and practitioners, graduate students and researchers in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, to present academic papers and share their insights and experiences on public administration and governance and its contribution to sustainable development. The Organizing Committee is also inviting government officials, as well as representatives of local stakeholder groups to share their views and insights on decentralization and democratization and how local governance can help pursue broader societal goals.

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16th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will meet from 24 to 28 April for the sixteenth session. The twenty-four Committee members of CEPA will hold discussions on the theme of "Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through leadership, action and means".

This year, the Committee will focus on the following key issues: (1) Understanding the needs of local authorities and communities and supporting and equipping them for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; (2) Institutional leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals; (3) Institutional arrangements for the Sustainable Development Goals; (4) Development of principles of effective governance; (5) Strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication: implications for public institutions.

CEPA will adopt a report for the ECOSOC with conclusions and recommendations on ensuring effective implementation of the SDGs. It will also provide a contribution to the high-level political forum on sustainable development.

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UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week

The third edition of UNCTAD's E-Commerce Week will take place from 24-28 April 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme of the week-long event is "Towards Inclusive E-Commerce", discussing key challenges and opportunities related to e-commerce and defining concrete actions towards more inclusive trade, global benefits and sustainable development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The participating stakeholders include high-level representatives of the digital economy from governments, private sector, International organizations, civil society and young people.The UNCTAD E-Commerce Week will include a high level event themed "Digital Transformation for All: Empowering Entrepreneurs and Small Business" and the first gathering of partners of "eTrade For All", the global initiative to channel e-commerce assistance to developing countries, as well as the unveiling of the eTrade for All online platform.

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The 25th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 2017 NISPAcee Annual Conference, jointly organised by NISPAcee and Kazan Federal University will take place in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation from May 18 - May 20, 2017. In addition to a broad variety of topics covered by the working groups, the main conference theme is focusing on Innovation Governance in the Public Sector. Innovation is becoming the keyword in public sector reform: it is seen as a solution for austerity, user-led demand for better services, coordination problems, increasing effectiveness and broader societal challenges. In many cases, these processes are led by new technologies entering the public sector.

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2017 UN Public Service Forum: The Future is Now - Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030

The 2017 United Nations Public Service Forum entitled "The Future is Now: Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030" will take place in the Hague, Netherlands, from 22 to 23 June 2017. It is being organized by the Government of the Netherlands together with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Forum is held in honor of United Nations Public Service Day which celebrates public servants’ contribution to sustainable development.

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4th WeGO General Assembly in Ulyanovsk Region, Russia

The General Assembly is WeGO’s triennial flagship conference. It will be accompanied by numerous smart city-related side events. 350+ mayors, chief information officers, and public officers of cities and local governments, as well as international organizations, academia, and IT companies, from all over the world will gather in Ulyanovsk Region, Russia from June 27-30, 2017. This major event will consist of General Assembly and Executive Committee Meeting sessions that will cover key WeGO agenda; World Mayors Roundtable; World CIO Forum; City Digital Solutions Forum; thematic workshops on e-Government and Smart City issues; matchmaking meetings to connect participants; exhibitions; and gala dinners and tours.

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XXI International Congress of CLAD on State and Public Administration Reform

The Latin American Center for Administration for Development (CLAD) and the Government of Spain, through the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration and the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), will be organizing the XXII International Congress of CLAD on Reform of the State and Public Administration "to be held in Madrid, Spain, from 14 to 17 November 2017.

During the Congress, renowned specialists will present plenary lectures. Panels will address the following thematic areas:

1. Professionalization, ethics, integrity and social sensitivity as the basis of the public service in the 21st century. 2. Evaluation, quality management and innovation as tools for the effectiveness of public institutions. 3. Local management and decentralization from the perspective of cities’ sustainable development. 4. Inclusive public administration with approach focus on gender and youth as a basis of human development. 5. Public law, fundamental rights and legal guarantees as essential elements of the right to good administration. 6. Design and management of public policies within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals. 7. Open Government from the perspective of transparency, technology, citizen participation, collaboration and social networks in the public management. In addition, there will be Posters of innovative experiences and recently edited books presentations.

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Social Media and the Internet of Things

This major report focuses on participatory big data-driven policymaking, its potential limitations and the public concerns, based on assessing Internet of Things and social media data as sources of participatory policymaking in the Arab region. This is part of the 2017 edition of the Arab Social Media Report, which was produced by Research Fellow and Director of Governance and Innovation Program at the MBR School of Government.

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NISPAcee projects

Effective Project Management in the Water Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Implementation of the EU Tendering Procedures (SK project coordination meeting)

Effective Project Management in the Water Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Implementation of the EU Tendering Procedures (Study tour)

Effective Project Management in the Water Sector in Georgia: Implementation of the EU and EBRD Methodologies

Project Capacity Building of NAPA for Open Local Governance

New EROPA Website

On 23 January 2017, the EROPA website (http://www.eropa.org.ph/) was remade and updated. Among the improvements in the site include a responsive theme, the development of user experience feedback, improved search engine optimization (SEO), and a section for public administration (PA) news. As a result, weekly average views from January to March 2017 increased by 57 percent from December 2016 records. In addition, since the new website was launched, people from more than 100 nations have visited. Meanwhile, the organization's social media outlets were revitalized. As of March 2017, social media reach has tripled since January of the same year. With this successful launch in the first quarter of 2017, the organization would work more towards greater reach and better public service to every person and every nation.


Escuela Iberoamericana de AdministraciOn y PolIticas PUblicas (EIAPP)

Conferencia Virtual Internacional (Webinar): "Etica en la funcion publica: una cuestion de moda o actualidad?" (March 1, 2017. Speaker: Francisco Merino Amand).

Conferencia Virtual Internacional (Webinar): "Alcances, desafios y propuestas para la promocion e implementacion de la Carta Iberoamericana de Gobierno Abierto (CIGA) del CLAD" (March 23, 2017. Speaker: Álvaro Ramírez Alujas).

Curso Internacional sobre Politicas Publicas (Brasilia, Brazil, May 15-19).

Curso Internacional "Ciudad, Gobierno Local y Gobernanza Democratica para el Desarrollo Sostenible en Iberoamerica" (Virtual, June 1 –July 20, 2017).

Taller Iberoamericano "Desarrollo del Potencial Humano en el Trabajo" (Virtual, August 9 - September 19).

Openness, Transparency and Ethics in Public Administration: Do they Support Each Other?

This Special Issue of the NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy is the outcome of the 9th Trans European Dialogue (TED9), organized by the two sister organizations in public administration research - EGPA and NISPAcee. The TED9 focused on concepts of Openness, Transparency and Ethics in Public Administration as the basic pillars of the modern public administration.

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Debate Papers Series No. 22 (February 2017)

XXIX Contest of CLAD about State Reform and Public Administration Modernization "Citizen Empowerment and Public Management". Winnings Essays 2016

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CLAD’s Journal Reforma y Democracia: 67th edition (February 2017)

It is a four-monthly refereed publication dedicated to stimulating intellectual progress in understanding about State-Society relations, as well as to disseminate proposals and alternatives to guide the transformations required in Public Administration.

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