Volume 16, No.02 - February 2012

Capacity development

Capacity building sessions at UNEP Governing Council

In an ongoing series of workshops hosted by UN DESA, training will be offered to Major groups on the margins of the 12th Governing Council Session of UNEP in Nairobi on 20-22 February

Developed for trainers, the workshops are designed to enhance awareness of the themes of sustainable development and build stakeholder capacity to engage with the intergovernmental process.  Each workshop builds on previous training and provides participants with the most current information relevant to the Rio+20 process. 

Workshops will be hosted in New York in January, March and April; in Porto Alegre, Brazil on the margins of the World Social Forum; and in São Paulo, Brazil in early February.

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Underscoring the importance of e-government

Haiyan Qian, the Director of UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) delivered a keynote address at the “International Seminar on e-Government Best Practices” taking place in Bogotá, Colombia on 13-14 December, 2011

Ms. Qian highlighted the importance of e-government as the foundation for holistic government operations as opposed to a technological add-on, in government relations with citizens and the private sector.

She further pointed out objective indicators and benchmarking policy tools to engage citizens as co-producers in decision-making processes leading to enhanced public service delivery. Noting Colombia’s leading position in Latin America and 9th position worldwide in relation to having an online presence and based on the most recent UN e-Government Survey, she acknowledged the high level leadership of the government in harmonizing national development policies with their e-Government Programme.

Columbia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology organized the seminar and heard Haiyan Qian’s statements via video. DPADM’s IRA, Mr. Jonas Rabinovitch added to Haiyan Qian’s statements by elaborating on how e-government (including e-infrastructure, e-literacy and e-service) and e-governance (comprised of e-information, e-consultation and e-decision-making) can compliment each other.

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