Networks for national development

International Conference on Good Governance for National Development was held in Seoul on 17-18 June 2010

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UNPOG and UNDESA jointly sponsored this two-day workshop on good governance for national development. Mr. Aquaro presented UNDESA’s views on the key linkages between e-government and public governance. The results of the UN e-Government Survey 2010 and the UN Public Administration Knowledge Space were also presented.

In addition, there were several keynote addresses from the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, the Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines and various practitioners and specialist on the theme of the conference. All spoke on the importance of leadership and structure as a foundation of good governance for national development.

Two special workshops were part of this conference: (i) ICT Access and e-Government for Achieving the MDGs and (ii) the Development of the e-Cities Network in Asia and the Pacific.

The first workshop discussed the global and regional perspectives of e-government and the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific and identified the challenges that still exist as barriers for achieving the MDGs and how to develop a “Way Forward” for tackling these challenges.

The e-Cities Network workshop looked at ways cities could develop a substantive network that would showcase best practices and lessons learned at the local level and also looked at the possibility of expanding networks within Asia and the Pacific, counting on the support of associations of national cities from various countries.

After the e-Cities workshop, discussions were held to connect e-Cities Network to UN-PAKS. A course of action was agreed to concretely explore the development and utilization of e-cities as a strategic mechanism to disseminate UN-PAKS to citizens and vice-versa. It was agreed that more work needed to be done to materialize these promising possibilities.

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