Designing MDG Electronic Centre

Preparatory meeting for the presentation of the MDG Electronic Center in the context of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly, will be held by GAID on 1-2 September

The principal objective of the preparatory meeting is to finalize, through an interactive discussion and exchange of ideas and suggestions among high-level representatives of all relevant stakeholders, the design and features of the eCenter in preparation for a presentation of a fully operational version to Member States in the context of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 20-22 September this year.

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Engaging citizens for MDG progress

Workshop on “Citizens’ Engagement in Development Management for Advancing towards the MDGs” took place in Barcelona, Spain from 21 and 22 June

As part of a number of activities co-organized by DPADM and the Government of Catalonia to celebrate this year’s Public Service Day the workshop developed the following concrete outputs: the publication of a report; a publication on guidelines for local and national governments to promote citizens engagement; an on-line training course on engagement of women in development matters; a global knowledge base on practices, legislation and institutions for citizens engagement and a battery of innovative tools based on ICT applications to facilitate the engagement of citizens. Finally, through conversations with participants from different countries, possibilities for future technical cooperation projects to be funded externally were explored.

The workshop gathered an average of 75 participants from 23 countries of Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Through presentations from experts and practitioners, and group discussions, participants discussed the potential of open government practices to include diverse modalities of participation of citizens in public policies and services for achieving the MDGs.

A large variety of national contexts were referred to, ranging from advanced countries in which the focus is on citizens engagement for its contribution to widening people’s rights and deepening democracy, to developing countries in which citizens engagement can help government design and implement policies and deliver services in ways that are more people-centered, responsive, inclusive, equitable, efficient and sustainable.

Country and sub-national experiences were revisited from Argentina, Catalonia, Jordan, Kenya and Russia. Winners of the 2010 UN Public Service Awards in the category of engaging citizens in public development affairs presented their respective innovations, from Brazil, Italy, Japan and Lebanon. In addition, a number of ICT-tools to facilitate citizens’ engagement were presented by participants from Australia, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.

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