Consultations on ways to improve public governance

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will meet in New York for its 10th session on 4-8 April

The meeting will discuss public governance for results to improve the quality of human life for all, by supporting the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The complexities and dynamics of contemporary global economic, political and social environments present new challenges to government legitimacy and efficiency.

These are intensified by increasing occurrences of crises and disasters, producing growing demand for effective, prepared and responsive public institutions in UN Member States worldwide. Consequently, the need for results-based public governance abounds. To improve the quality of life for all, more successful processes to deliver public goods and services must be formulated, implemented and assessed.

CEPA is responsible for supporting the work of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), promoting public administration and services among member states. For this session, it brings together its twenty-four experts from government and academia from around the world. The Vice-President of ECOSOC, Gonzalo Gutierrez Reinel, will deliver an opening statement, followed by a welcome address by Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

At the meeting, CEPA will review, contemplate and discuss existing frameworks and look into pragmatic implications of multi-stakeholder systems to achieve better governance. The Committee will also address the needs of populations in post-conflict and post-disaster countries and other vulnerable populations. Moreover, it will examine and discuss social protection policies and programmes designed to reduce the poverty and vulnerability of citizens, diminishing exposure to risks, enhancing the capacity of people to protect themselves against hazards and to counter the interruption or loss of income.

In addition, CEPA will examine the 2011 theme of the annual ministerial review of the high-level segment of ECOSOC, regarding the implementation of agreed goals and commitments for education. They will also debate best practices in educating and training public administrators in public performance management and review the work programme of the Division of Public Administration and Development Management.

The CEPA sub-committee for the UN Public Service Awards will also review and evaluate nominated initiatives and select the winners for 2011.

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