Volume 16, Issue III November 2017

 

 

Welcome to the latest issue of the UNPAN Newsletter!

In this issue you can read about the ongoing preparations for the UN World Public Sector Report 2017. Experts were convened by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of DESA to reflect on the preparations of the Report on the theme of integrated approaches to sustainable development and peace in post-conflict situations. Another group of experts explored the topic of the role of public institutions in integrated approaches to migration. The report is due to be issued in the coming two months and will draw from numerous other contributions.

You will also read about the continuing reflection about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its implications for public administrations, with dedicated discussions in Africa at the AAPAM conference in Morocco and on public services in Latin America at the CLAD congress in Madrid, Spain.

Related to this, the importance of innovation has featured prominently with CPSI’s Public Sector Innovation Awards in Africa and IPMA-HR’s 2017 Benchmarking Report - which discusses the culture of innovation to improve human resources and organizational performance.

At the same time, we also saw stark reminders that the impact of the digital economy and e-commerce more particularly is important for every aspect of production and trade from the largest corporations to small traders and, beyond this, for the SDGs. However, these advances are not without risks and UNCTAD is being called to support to developing countries to prevent the evolving digital economy from widening the digital divides and income inequalities. You can find out more about a meeting and two reports on these themes by UNCTAD in this issue.

During the recent few weeks, much attention has also been dedicated to smart cities with meetings organized on the themes of Smart Sustainable Cities for All and a training program on Smart City and E-Government by WeGO.

I hope you find this issue useful! Please remember to send us highlights of the key substantive messages from your events and reports.

 

Marion Barthelemy,

Director
Division for Public Administration and Development Management
Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations

 

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HEADLINES

Experts Meet in Preparation of the 2017 World Public Sector Report

In preparation for the 2017 World Public Sector Report, UNDESA's Division for Public Administration and Development Management organized two Expert Group Meetings to facilitate discussions and foster knowledge sharing among experts.

The meeting on "Integrating Sustainable Development and Peace in Post-conflict Situations: the Role of Public Institutions and Public Administration", held on 25 October in New York, examined innovative governance approaches that can enhance recovery and state-building for sustainable peace and development both at the national and local levels. The meeting discussed the role of public institutions and public administration to integrate sustainable development and peace in post-conflict situations. Participants also discussed positive experiences of people engagement in peace and development processes and how they can be pursued within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The meeting on "Integrated Approaches to International Migrations", held on 1 November in New York, took stock of policies and institutional arrangements put in place nationally and locally to respond to the international migrations and refugee movements. It examined progress made and challenges faced in terms horizontal and vertical policy integration and in terms of engagement of non-governmental actors in the design and implementation of policies. The overall objective showed how public administration can link international migrations with effective and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

The meeting informed the preparation of the World Public Sector Report 2017 in three key substantive areas: (i) Migrations can be seen from a multiplicity of perspectives - economic, security-related, human rights-related, etc. This requires multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approaches. Politics play an important role in the way competing claims and interest are adjudicated, and hence on what types of policies are developed to meet the needs of migrants; (ii) Integration across sectors and across levels of governments is especially relevant to migrations, given the fact that migration policies are taken at the national level whereas delivery of services to migrants happens for a large part at the local level.

For more information, click here and here.

 

2017 EROPA Conference

The 2017 Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) Conference and General Assembly on "The Role of Public Governance in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming, Empowering, Network-Building" took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 11 to 15 September.

Mr. Boo-kyum Kim, Minister of the Interior and Safety opened the conference and Mr. Pan Suk Kim, Minister of Personnel Management and Mr. Orlando S. Mercado, Secretary-General of EROPA delivered welcoming remarks. Ms. Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD and Mr. Soogil Young, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Korea) delivered keynote speeches.

Conference highlights

Mr. Edwin Lau, CEO, LEDR Technologies, highlights the increasing demand for innovation

The key issues discussed included transforming public sector institutions, empowering key actors in governance, strengthening networks for the implementation of the SDGs, government reform, IT development, and innovation. Mr. Edwin Lau, CEO, LEDR Technologies, highlighted the increasing demand for innovation, but that innovation continues to be hindered by various issues such as a rigid bureaucracy, lack of incentives, and overemphasis on rules and structures.

Two special sessions focused on the achievement of SDG Goal 16 in Asia, and the joint OECD-ADB initiative for public sector reforms in Southeast Asia.

Mr. Arius Raposas, researcher at the University of Philippines

The parallel sessions revolved around three themes: public sector transformations, human resources and social capital for sustainable development, and networks and partnerships. Mr. Arius Raposas, researcher at the University of Philippines, emphasized the role of the youth in achieving the SDGs.

UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) of UNDESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management delivered a presentation on “Participatory Governance: Whole-of-Society Approach” which emphasized the importance of multi-stakeholder initiatives as well as the essential role of governments and public officials in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

The conference was organized by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Ministry of Personnel Management, and National Human Resources Development Institute of the Republic of Korea.

For more information, click here.

 

38th African Association for Public Administration and Management Capacity Development Roundtable Conference

UNDESA's Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) organized three plenary round-tables and two parallel break-away workshops during the 38th African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Roundtable Conference. DPADM used the workshops to launch a process with a group of public administration schools and Management Development Institutes (MDIs) to develop a curriculum on the SDGs and adjust existing curriculums e.g. on leadership to reflect the principles of the SDGs. These activities are intended to contribute to Member States' efforts in developing capable institutional leadership and inspiring innovation in the public service in Africa to implement the 2030 Agenda.

The overall theme of the AAPAM Conference was “A Transformed Leadership: Managing National Resources to achieve the Objectives of Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs” and it was held in El Jadida, Kingdom of Morocco, from 6 to 10 November.

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XXII International Congress of CLAD on State and Public Administration Reform

The XXII International Congress of CLAD on State and Public Administration Reform was held in Madrid, Spain, from 14 to 17 November. Topics discussed included professionalization, ethics, integrity, inclusive public administration, design and management of public policies within the framework of SDGs and open government, among others.

UNDESA's Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) organized a Ministerial Roundtable on "Public Policies and Innovation in Public Service Delivery for the SDGs in Latin America" in cooperation with CLAD. It examined linkages between public policy for service delivery and innovations to address sustainable development issues. The Panel also highlighted some key recommendations, which will be shared among developing countries facing similar challenges in implementing the SDGs. The round table provided a platform to share ideas and strengthen partnerships, particularly through regional cooperation.

The Congress was organized by CLAD and the Government of Spain, through the Ministry of Finance and Public Service and the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP).

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4th WeGO General Assembly

The 4th General Assembly of the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) was held in Ulyanovsk Region, Russia from 27 - 30 June, under the theme of "Smart Sustainable Cities for All".

Over 400 Mayors, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and officials from 125 cities and 59 international organizations discussed how to make cities smart and sustainable through digital technology and connectivity. At the main General Assembly session, WeGO members decided to change WeGO's name from World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments to World Smart Sustainable City Organization and update its mission accordingly. It is estimated that the change puts WeGO in a better position to help its members adapt to fast-changing digital technologies and address the sustainability challenges that cities face.

It was also decided to establish a WeGO Regional Office for Latin America (Mexico City) and the Mediterranean (Beyoglu).

The winners of the 3rd WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards were also announced during the Conference.

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Key Messages

The Ulyanovsk Declaration was adopted by participants at the General Assembly. Some of the key commitments include:

- We aim for Smart Sustainable Cities for All: We commit to becoming innovative cities that leverage digital technology and connectivity to improve the quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and economic prosperity for all citizens while ensuring long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

- We support broad stakeholder involvement, digital inclusion, and open government: We commit to strengthening and building broad stakeholder involvement and collaborative governance in order to promote digital inclusion, empowerment and participation, cooperation and partnership, knowledge exchange and learning, as well as bridging the digital divide and reducing existing disparities. We commit to open government approaches to enhance the transparency and accountability of public administrations, while addressing issues of security and privacy.

- We aim for local sustainability: We commit to making cities and regions inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, ensuring long-term environmental health, social equity and economic welfare and prosperity. We will govern and adopt policies for digital technologies while considering environmental, social, and economic impacts and changes. We will promote solutions to collect and create new data on key sustainability issues and widen open data access and usage. We commit to the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III and the Sustainable Development Goals a subnational local government level.

 

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-Commerce and the Digital Economy

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held the first session of its new Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-Commerce and the Digital Economy from 4 to 6 October in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting discussed what developing countries need to build competitive advantages through e-commerce and the digital economy, which measures could be taken to strengthen their physical and technology infrastructure, and how development partners can best help to address challenges. The meeting stems from Member States' acknowledgement that ICTs are playing an increasingly important role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that the digitalization of economic activities and trade is of direct relevance to several of the SDGs.

Some of the main recommendations were to:

- Encourage Member States to fully integrate the digital agenda into their national development agendas, both within and across tiers of government, and to make use of the eTrade For All platform;

- Request UNCTAD to enhance its cooperation with other relevant stakeholders and development partners, including by continuing the Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessments for the least developed countries, expanding their scope to developing countries and by continuing its analysis on the challenges faced by developing countries with the digital economy and cross-border data flows;

- Encourage initiatives that improve the availability of statistics for developing countries and the measurement of cross-border e-commerce, recommending the establishment of a Working Group on Measuring E-commerce and the Digital Economy

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15th Annual Public Sector Innovation Awards

The 15th Public Sector Innovation Awards ceremony will honor projects under the following categories:

1. Innovative Solutions Reducing the Cost of Delivering Services
2. Innovative use of ICTs for effective service delivery
3. Innovative Service Delivery Institutions
4. Innovative Enhancements of Internal Systems of Government

The category winners will compete for the Public-Sector Innovator of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony will take place in Gauteng Province, South Africa, and the finalists will be awarded by Ms. AF Muthambi, MP, Minister for Public Service Administration of South Africa and Ms. Thuli Radebe, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI).

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ReSPA Seminar on Revised Internal Audit Standards

The Seminar on "Revised Internal Audit Standards" gathered 70 officials from Ministries of Finance, Central Harmonization Units (CHUs) and public sector internal auditors from 14 to 15 September in Skopje.

The objective of the seminar was to present the revised Internal Audit (IA) Standards that became effective as of January 2017. The new International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) named as "The Framework for Internal Audit Effectiveness" is aiming to further improve IA effectiveness.

During the Seminar, CHUs representatives and public sector internal auditors received information on European Commission perspectives on development of internal audit. They also received information on current state of play and weaknesses regarding internal audit function in public sectors from the Support for Improvement in Governance and Management (SIGMA) assessment.

One of the main contributions of the seminar was the presentation of new revised Internal Audit Standards with the focus on relevant changes in standards and how they will influence internal audit.

The seminar was organized by Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA).

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12th Meeting of the Working group on Ethics and Integrity - Integrity and Conflict of Interest

The 12th Meeting of the Working group on Ethics and Integrity - Integrity and Conflict of Interest was held in Belgrade, Serbia, from 30 November to 1 December. The meeting contributed to exchanging good practices, finalising the Methodology for Detecting a Hidden Conflict of Interest and presentation of the draft Publication on integrity challenges in the Western Balkans, as well as the planned training activities. The target audience included the members of the Ethics and Integrity Working group and senior officials of the relevant Western Balkan institutions.

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2017 WeGO Chengdu Smart City & e-Government Training Program

WeGO, together with the WeGO Asia Regional Office Chengdu, organized the annual WeGO Chengdu Smart City & e-Government Training Program which was held from 27 November to 1 December in Chengdu, China. The five-day program consisted of lectures with the purpose of advancing the municipal digital, e-Government, and Smart City capacity of public officials. The program was complemented by technical tours to Chengdu's IT facilities.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Symposium on Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Commitments in Africa

The Africa Symposium on "Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Commitments in Africa" will take place from 11 to 13 December in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The symposium will discuss how to implement the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 together and how to develop, implement, finance and review integrated policies and plans to implement the SDGs. It will also focus on how to take whole of government and whole of society approaches to implementation in various country situations.

The Symposium is organized by UNDESA in collaboration with ECA, UNDP, UNITAR and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

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Regional Conference on Measuring Gender Equality in Western Balkans

The Regional Conference on Measuring Gender Equality in Western Balkans is to be held on 1 December in Montenegro.

The emphasis will be on gender equality policies in Western Balkans, and measurements of gender equality, with a focus on the Gender Equality Index and its application in policy making. The participants will also be acquainted with the main findings of the comparative research on Gender Equality in public administration in Western Balkans.

The conference is organized by ReSPA, the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro, the Coordination Body for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

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Asia and the Pacific Regional Symposium

The Symposium on "Building Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions and Public Administration for Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asian Pacific", will take place from 5 to 8 December in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The goal of the Symposium is to contribute to developing the capacity of governments to address challenges posed by the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and respond to the SDGs in innovative ways, drawing from the strategies that different countries are implementing and the related successes and challenges.

The symposium is organized by UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) of UNDESA's Division for Public Administration and Development Management.

 

TED 10: Trans European Dialogue Conference 2018

Trans European Dialogue (TED) Conference 2018 will be held from 1 to 2 February, 2018 in Portsmouth, UK.

The Trans European Dialogue is a scholarly conference organized jointly by the two key professional associations of public administration in Europe: European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) and the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). It will bring together senior experts from different regions, facilitating interchange and discussion across Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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NEW REPORTS AND PROGRAMMES

Auditing preparedness for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

The report of the meeting on "Auditing preparedness for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" which took place in New York, from 20 - 21 July is now available. The meeting was jointly organized by UNDESA/DPADM and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI), and it followed the ministerial segment of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Click here to download.

The 2017 Benchmarking Report

The 2017 Benchmarking Report published by International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) focuses on the Culture of Innovation to improve HR and organizational performance. IPMA-HR developed the following definition for benchmarking: A comparison of similar processes across public and private organization to identify best practices to improve organizational performance. The characteristics and attributes of benchmarking include measuring performance, systematically identifying best practices, learning from leading organizations and adapting best practices as appropriate. Click here to download.

Ideas That Work

The latest issue of Ideas That Work The South African Public Sector Innovation Journal, published by Centre for Public Sector (CPSI) is available here.

 

Information Economy Report 2017: Digitalization, Trade and Development

The Information Economy Report 2017 by UNCTAD finds that digitalization is impacting every aspect of production and trade, from the largest corporations to the smallest traders, but that there is a risk that it will lead to widening income inequalities. The policy challenge depends on countries' readiness to engage in and benefit from the digital economy, with the least developed countries the least prepared. To ensure that more people and enterprises in developing countries have the capacity to participate effectively, the international community will need to expand its support. International support and collaboration on a massive scale are needed to prevent the evolving digital economy from widening the digital divides and existing income inequalities. Click here to download.

 

Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment

UNCTAD released its latest Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment, this time for the country of Samoa. The assessment shows that Samoa can benefit substantially from e-commerce if it's is able to accelerate adoption of key measures aimed to support the development of an e-commerce ecosystem (e-commerce strategy, regulatory framework) and private sector investment (affordability, access to finance). The Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessments are part of the UNCTAD development solutions proposed in the context of the eTrade For All initiative (see etradeforall.org), with an emphasis on least developed countries. Click here to download.

Technical notes on ICT for Development

UNCTAD has published two new technical notes on ICT for Development. Technical Note no. 8 on the "New" Digital Economy and Development discusses the implications of the "new" digital economy for the location of innovation and manufacturing, notably involving developing countries. Technical Note no. 9 is the 2017 update of the UNCTAD B2C E-Commerce Index, ranking 143 countries by their capacity to support business-to-consumer e-commerce.

Escuela Iberoamericana de Administración y Políticas Públicas (EIAPP) - Courses by CLAD

I Curso Internacional MOOC "Desigualdades en America Latina y el Caribe. Investigacion, Politicas y Gestion para las Transformaciones Sociales" (Virtual, October 30 - November 26)

Llamado Internacional: "I Convocatoria internacional CAF de evaluaciones de impacto para una mejor gestion" (November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018)

Curso Internacional "El Sistema Tributario en Chile y el Modelo de Gestion de Cumplimiento Tributario" (Virtual, November 6 - December)

Curso Internacional "Introduccion a la Evaluacion de Impacto" (Madrid, Spain, November 13)

Curso Internacional "Introduccion a la Evaluacion con Enfoque de Genero" (Madrid, Spain, November 14)

Curso Internacional sobre Politicas Publicas (Summer School) (Brasilia, Brazil, December 4-8)

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