Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government

The Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) focuses on analyzing and supporting efforts to make institutions inclusive, effective, accountable and well-equipped to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as reflected in SDG 16. By focusing on building strong institutions and governance for the 2030 Agenda, the Division assists UN intergovernmental bodies in reflecting on the role of institutions as an integral part of their examination of the SDGs and supports the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA).

The Division nurtures a multi-stakeholder dialogue on transforming institutions and building people’s trust in them at the annual UN Public Service Forum during which the UN Public Service Awards are given. Its analysis and capacity development activities help governments reflect on how to organize, mobilize and equip all parts of national and local government and public servants for implementing the SDGs, placing a special focus on policy integration, coherence and innovation. The Division supports the efforts of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to audit the implementation of the SDGs.

The Division also focuses on information and communication technologies (ICTs) whose transformative role is highlighted in the 2030 Agenda. It supports the work of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and facilitates the follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The biennial UN E-Government Survey examines global trends and their impact on sustainable development and people.

Mr. Juwang Zhu, Director


Main Activities

  • Provide Secretariat substantive support to the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) on issues related to public administration and institutions;
  • Support the follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in areas related to the role of various stakeholders, regional and international cooperation and e-government;
  • Conduct research and write analytical reports (World Public Sector and UN E-Government Survey);
  • Provide advisory services and capacity-building based on research and analysis;
  • Help share experiences on institutional support to the SDGs and various public administration issues, through analytical reports and organizing events, including the UN Public Service Forum;
  • Strengthen partnerships and cooperation with other international, regional and professional organizations, including through the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN).
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