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Forum on Strengthening Capacities of Public Administration in Island States

August 16, 2018

The Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development of Sri Lanka, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)  in collaboration with United Nations in Sri Lanka, are co-organizing the Practitioner-to-Practitioner Forum on Strengthening Capacities of Public Administration in Island States: Equipping Public Institutions, Strengthening Resilience and Building Effective Partnerships for Implementing the 2030 Agenda from an Island States Perspective.

The Forum will provide the opportunity for participants to understand how Sri Lanka adapted the SDGs into its national development plans, policies and institutions, and mobilized its public administration to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Forum responds to the expressed regional needs of SIDS and Asian countries, identified in 2017 through the Capacity Needs Assessment the UN DESA Project Office on Governance, where regional countries stated Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience as their key priority for capacity development.

The Forum is designed for government officials with a significant role in implementing the SDGs in participating Island States, with a particular focus on resilience planning and implementation. To ensure greater policy coherence in line with the cross-cutting themes of the SDGs in government, as well as to respond to the 2018 HLPF theme of "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies," the participants will be comprised of inter-ministerial delegations of 2-3 nominated representatives per country. These inter-ministerial delegations will include nominated government officials specializing planning and public administration, the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda, and in building national resilience and disaster risk reduction strategies. Participants will be at decision-making level.

At the conclusion of the Forum, participants will have:

1.    Increased knowledge of results-based management in realizing resilience, including through planning, project and policy design, management of funds, partnerships and stakeholder engagement;

2.    Increased awareness to support the integration of the SDGs in national development plans and policies through evidence-based policy making, institutional coordination and policy coherence to achieve the SDGs in line with national public administration systems;

3.    Strengthened skills to help mobilize resources, technologies and other means to strengthen public service delivery and implement the SDGs from national to local levels, ensuring that no one is left behind;

4.    Compared partnership models and stakeholder engagement mechanisms for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and

5.    Examined key dimensions of DRR with enhanced awareness of proven good practices to strengthen resilience including through ICT innovations.

For more information, please see the attached documents. 

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