The United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) is a subsidiary office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) under the auspices of its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG). Its principal mission is to strengthen the public governance capacities of developing Member States in Asia and the Pacific and beyond to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNPOG was established in June 2006 to promote efficient, participatory and transparent governance as an outcome of the 6th Global Forum on Reinventing Government.
In response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the mandate of UNPOG has been extended to the end of 2030.
During the past decade, under the supervision of DPIDG and with support from the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS) of the Government of the Republic of Korea, UNPOG has effectively contributed to the strengthening of public administration in developing Member States with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. The achievements made by UNPOG to assist developing Member States in enhancing their government capacity received good recognition from Asia and the Pacific and beyond. The UN Economic and Social Council specifically highlighted the importance of UNPOG in its Resolution E/2014/L.30/Rev.1, which stipulates that the UN Secretariat “to further strengthen governance and public administration capacity development through the provision of advisory services, training, including self-assessment and awareness-raising, and technical projects such as the United Nations Project Office on Governance.”
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.
This vision guides the work of DPIDG and UNPOG to assist countries in readying their institutions and public administrations for realizing the SDGs and in making those effective, transparent, accountable and inclusive.
The operational work of UN DESA, and thus UNPOG, aims to strengthen capacities of developing countries to translate internationally agreed policy frameworks into strategies and programs at all levels of public governance. The focus on strengthening the capacity of public administration falls within the mandate of UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management.