It’s my great pleasure to deliver the welcoming message for the 2nd UNPOG Public Governance Quarterly Newsletter.
As we have settled into our new office in Songdo, Incheon, we have focused on building connections with local communities, expanding our network, and collaborating with other international organizations and governments in the Asia-Pacific and Eastern Africa. In this issue, I would like to highlight the ways in which UNPOG has worked to promote partnerships with key stakeholders for fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One good case is, when I delivered a lecture to future public administration officials at the sub-national level, I emphasized the need to work in collaboration to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) instead of working in silos – this is central to the whole-of-government approach UNPOG supports for public governance. Our recent participation in capacity development and knowledge sharing events in Malawi and Singapore reflects this commitment to collaborative partnerships.
We also would like to acknowledge good country practices in support of sustainable development in this issue. The Provincial Government of Chungcheongnam-do of the Republic of Korea is one exemplanary case. As one of the 2018 UNPSA winners, the Government of Chungcheongnam-do has successfully created a more transparent fiscal system to promote citizen engagement.
It is my hope that this newsletter will not only keep you updated on UNPOG’s work, but also inspire you to pursue new forms of collaboration and gaining more in-depth knowledge related to the SDGs with the overarching principle of leaving no one behind at its core. I look forward to seeing you at one of UNPOG events, and thank you for your continued interests in UNPOG.
CHUNG Chae Gun