The 2019 United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSF) took place in the Republic of Azerbaijan from 24 to 26 June 2019, under the theme ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through Effective Delivery of Services, Innovative Transformation and Accountable Institutions’. The Forum was organized by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) together with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Several partners were also engaged in organizing parallel workshops or side events.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for innovative transformation and puts forward values and principles such as ‘leaving no one behind’, integration, partnerships, and universality, which need to be translated into action. Both SDG 16 and SDG 10 are highly relevant to the focus of the 2019 United Nations Public Service Forum. Public institutions need to embrace innovation and transformation to deliver more effective, timely and responsive services, and embody the principles of transparency, accountability and inclusion.
The Forum provided a platform for Ministers and other senior decision makers to reflect on how to advance progress in realizing the SDGs. Participants also had the opportunity to debate emerging issues and trends, discuss good practices, strategies and innovative approaches for effective service delivery and innovative transformation in delivering on the SDGs and leaving no one behind, a cross cutting tenet of the 2030 Agenda. It was a moment to reflect on common challenges and exchange lessons learned from the new approaches and innovations that are being experimented worldwide.
UNPOG/DPIDG organized two workshops on "Innovation in Government for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups to Achieve the SDGs" and "Mobilizing and equipping public servants to realize the 2030 Agenda".
The workshop 6 entitled "Innovation in Government for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups to Achieve the SDGs" focused on the role of innovation in government in promoting social inclusion of vulnerable groups to achieve the SDGs. The main objective of the workshop was to facilitate discussions on how to develop appropriate frameworks and build capacities to promote government innovation for social inclusion of vulnerable groups, with emphasis on public service delivery. For more information on the workshop 6, please visit https://unpsf2019baku.com/news/14
The workshop 7 entitled "Mobilizing and equipping public servants to realize the 2030 Agenda" focused on mobilizing and equipping public servants to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the SDGs. The main objectives of the workshop were:
- Presenting global trends and regional perspectives in mainstreaming the SDGs in the curricula of schools of public administration;
- Discussing and analyzing strategies and enabling factors to transform mindsets of public servants;
- Exploring methodologies and practices to effectively change mindsets and drive change towards the implementation of the SDGs.