Governance & Public Administration for Sustainable Development

In July 2012, Member States reaffirmed good governance as a foundation for development:

We acknowledge that democracy, good governance and the rule of law, at the national and international levels, as well as an enabling environment, are essential for sustainable development, including sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, environmental protection and the eradication of poverty and hunger. We reaffirm that, to achieve our sustainable development goals, we need institutions at all levels that are effective, transparent, accountable and democratic (General Assembly resolution 66/288).

Public administration - the cornerstone of government’s work, plays an essential and critical role in improving people’s lives. Reinventing public administration is a positive and necessary way forward. Without public administration modernization and transformation to adapt to today’s needs, realizing a better future for all will be impossible. Where capable administrations are lacking, governments are incapacitated; and where governments are incapacitated, sustainable development falls short.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has recognised that governments have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review, at the national, regional and global levels, in relation to the progress made in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and targets over the coming 15 years. Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda specifically calls for effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.