Volume 17, No.07 - July 2013

Trends and analysis

e-Governance as an enabler for Post-2015

In partnership with the Center for Electronic Governance at UN University IIST (UNU), DESA is organizing a 3-days Expert Group Meeting (EGM) from 3-5 July 2013 in Geneva on Governance, Public Administration and Information & Communication Technologies for Post 2015 Development.

The objective of the Meeting is to widen the United Nations’ thinking on governance as an enabler for Post-2015 development by exploring and identifying issues and challenges facing both governments and citizens in their quest towards sustainable development. The EGM will invite experts in a variety of disciplines to explore state-of-the-art approaches to governance and public administration which, underpinned by effective, transparent, accountable and responsive institutions, can contribute to the integrated governance framework for pursuing sustainable development by the world community. In doing so, the EGM will also focus on how technology-enabled governance can be leveraged by the public sector to add value to the functioning of institutions for the achievement of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Meeting will review governance and public administration paradigms, and assess conceptual and methodological approaches to better understand the key dimensions of governance to support sustainable development during the Post-2015 era. The EGM discussions will pave the way forward for integrating governance and technology-enabled governance in the discussions of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda, and inform the work of UNDESA on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

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How to measure asset ownership

A Technical Meeting on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective will take place from 30 July – 2 August in Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project, DESA’s Statistics Division (UNSD) and UN Women, this meeting will bring together around 30 experts including survey statisticians and gender specialists from selected countries, partner agencies and regional commissions to discuss how to measure asset ownership at the individual level. More precisely, participants will: (a) review and discuss the draft Technical Report on Collecting Sex-Disaggregated Asset Data presenting the proposed methodology to collect individual-level asset data through a dedicated module attached to a multi-purpose national household survey; (b) share national practices on measuring asset ownership; and (c) discuss the project implementation strategy in selected pilot countries.

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