Panels to highlight cooperation on migration and contribution of migrants to development

Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration and Development will take place at the UN in New York on 19 May

The President of the General Assembly is organizing this one-day informal thematic debate, providing an important opportunity for Member States to review their policies on international migration and development and to assess progress towards international cooperation on international migration ahead of the second High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, which will be held in 2013.

The debate will consist of two interactive panels with invited speakers. The morning panel will focus on the contribution of migrants to development and will be chaired by Mr. William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).


The afternoon panel will address the issue of improving international cooperation on migration and development and will be chaired by Dr. Khalid Koser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The President of the General Assembly will open and close the debate. The Secretary-General will also make opening remarks. Peter Sutherland, SRSG on International Migration and Development will make a substantive summary of the debate. Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s Executive Director and current Chair of GMG, will participate in the afternoon panel and deliver a statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group.

The first High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, held in 2006, established that international migration can contribute to development if supported by the right policies. Since 2006, Governments and the international community have been pursuing a variety of policies and programmes to maximize the development impacts of international migration, and to reduce its negative effects.

International migration is increasingly being mainstreamed in national development plans and poverty reduction strategy papers. To date, over $240 million has been allocated to multilateral activities on international migration and development.

The interactive debate provides a unique opportunity for Member States and other stakeholders to take stock of achievements to date, to identify the factors that reduce the benefits of migration, and to suggest ways to reduce or eliminate these factors ahead of the 2013 High-level Dialogue.

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Workshop on the benefits of e-governance

The international workshop “Greater Government Transparency and Citizen Engagement to Promote Effectiveness and Accountability in Public Service Delivery” will be held in Geneva on 19 May

DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), in cooperation with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), will organize this workshop during the 2011annual follow-up meetings of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

It will serve as an enabling platform of WSIS for an international and multidisciplinary group of experts and national practitioners to share their experiences and exchange practices on e/m-government, including strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating government services, that have proven viable and have brought about lasting development results in different socio-economic and cultural contexts. The workshop sessions will provide opportunities for participants to interact with speakers, in order to develop new capacities for designing and implementing successful programmes and policies for better government transparency and citizen engagement, as well as to create or strengthen international networks of stakeholders and practitioners.

The one-day workshop will include one plenary and three thematic sessions on selected topics on citizen engagement and electronic government including the Government 2.0 platform. Each session will provide presentations followed by open discussions.

The sessions will include the following:

Plenary: Discussion on overall approaches, trends, best practices and key challenges in greater government transparency and citizen engagement to promote effectiveness and accountability in public service delivery.

Session I: m-Government:  Benefits and outcomes for citizens, government and business

Session II: Open (Linked) data and social networks services for public services delivery

Session III: Strategies for ubiquitous, inclusive, equitable and efficient public service delivery.

The workshop is expected to be attended by 40 participants including government and public administration officials, key citizens’ e/m-government experts from academia and research institutions, civil society and private sector representatives and staff from the UN system.

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CEPA meeting on improving quality of life for all

The 10th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) was held in New York on 4-8 April

The session focused around the theme “Public governance for results”, particularly in relation to improving the quality of life for all, in post-conflict and post-disaster countries, and in social protection policies for vulnerable populations. The Committee also considered performance management in governance in relation to internationally agreed development goals and commitments, in particular in regard to education of the 2011 annual ministerial review of the Economic and Social Council. In addition, the Committee made its annual review of the UN Programme on Public Administration and Finance.

The Committee, established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolution 2001/45, is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States, in connection with the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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Evaluating ICT mechanisms for inter-parliamentary cooperation

Exchange Network of Parliaments of Latin America and the Caribbean (RIPALC) met in Panama City on 14-15 April

Secretaries General of 17 parliaments from across Latin America and the Caribbean gathered to exchange views and evaluate the establishment of a formal mechanism of inter-parliamentary cooperation for the region. The workshop entitled “Leveraging ICT to establish a collaborative network among Parliaments of Latin America and the Caribbean” was built upon the experience of parliaments in other regions, as well as on the outcomes of meetings held in recent months in Barbados and Chile. Issues such as the digital revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean and its impact on the legislative branches were also discussed.

During the event, a proposal was presented for the establishment of RIPALC (Red de Intercambio de Los Parlamentos de America Latina y El Caribe – Exchange Network of Parliaments of Latin America and the Caribbean). The Secretaries General discussed and deliberated on the establishment of bylaws for the operation of RIPALC, basing it on the model and good practices of the European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD) and the African Parliamentary Network for Knowledge (APKN). With this new platform, resolutions and studies by Latin American and Caribbean Parliaments will be open to the general public, offering greater transparency about actions taken by Parliaments and ensuring a democratic space for discussion.

Delegates from seventeen countries signed the agreement to form RIPALC. The Network’s web page, which offers tools for sharing information, was developed by the Brazilian National Congress. Provisional governance has been established as Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies will act as the Executive Secretariat, with members of the Executive Committee including Barbados, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, and Uruguay.

The workshop was co-organized by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and the National Assembly of Panama.

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