Rising above the financial and economic crisis

The 9th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 19 April to 23 April

Since late 2007, the global financial and economic crisis has had a significant negative impact on the income, wealth and living conditions of both developed and developing countries. It has also had a major impact on public administration, especially on the implementation of social and economic policies and, more generally, on its economic functions.

Arguably, public administration is in need of reform. Transformation and the adoption of measures that will not only contribute to a recovery from the crisis in the short and medium term but will also help achieve better sustainable, inclusive and equitable development in the long term are necessary. The ninth session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, to be held from 19 to 23 April, will focus on how public administration can cope with the current challenges and regard them as opportunities for structural overhaul and reform.

The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concerning the promotion and betterment of public administration and services among Member States in connection with the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals.

The President of ECOSOC, the Honourable Hamidon Ali, will be delivering an opening statement on 19 April, which will be followed by a welcome address by Mr. Sha Zukang, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

Some of the sub-themes to be covered during this session are: enhanced public governance for fast and coordinated policy response, citizen-centred public service delivery, leadership for effective decision-making in the public sector, transparency and responsive accountability, as well as social and financial protection for priority vulnerable groups.

A special case study will be presented on public administration reform in Singapore by Mr. Philip Yeo, Special Advisor for Economic Development, Office of the Prime Minister, Singapore. The Committee will also review the United Nations Programme on Public Administration and Finance to take stock of past achievements and provide advice on its future activities.
In addition to the main theme, the Committee will also examine the 2010 theme of the annual ministerial review of the high-level segment ofECOSOC: implementing agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and empowerment of women. This session will be opened by Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Assistant Secretary-General, and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. It will also include a discussion on information and communications technology and gender equality and a presentation of a case study on the empowerment of women in local government in Lesotho, by Her Excellency Pontso Suzan Matumelo Sekatle, Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship in Lesotho.

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