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Regional Symposium

Regional Symposium 2018
UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS Regional Symposium on 'Strengthening the Capacities of Public Institutions and Developing Effective Partnerships to Realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'

The Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of the UNDESA, through its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Korea organizes the annual Symposium for the Asia-Pacific region since 2017 for the purpose of strengthening the capacity of the public administration and promoting innovation for advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The ultimate objective of the annual Symposium is to strengthen capacity of governments to build institutions at the national and local levels to support SDG implementation, promote innovation for inclusive service delivery, and strengthen government capacity to develop open innovation systems to engage societies in designing, delivering and implementing policies and build effective partnerships.

The Symposium provides a good platform for participants to identify good practices and ideas and enhance cooperation between countries, between central and local governments and among all stakeholders. It includes discussions on improving public institutions and public services delivery, actions for localizing the SDGs, the impact of frontier technologies on the public sector, engaging all stakeholders, particularly civil society organizations and the private sector, enhancing means of implementation, as well as adapting plans and policies to the SDGs and different national contexts.

UNPOG organized the first Regional Symposium in December 2017 and is currently preparing to organize the second Regional Symposium in October 2018.
General Information Registration for Regional Symposium is by invitation only.
Site Visit
Plenary Session I
“Taking Stock of the Implementation of SDG Goal 16 on Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions in Asia and the Pacific – Lessons Learned and Good Practices”
Public institutions and their cross-cutting roles in SDG implementation

Regional progress of SDG implementation - challenges and constraints in governance capacities

Inclusive governance and progress made on SDG Implementation

Interactive Session on Lessons Learned and Good Practices in the implementation of the SDGs, with a focus on Goal 16
Coffee Break
Plenary Session II – Part A
“Effective Public Institutions and Digital Government for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”
Introduction of 2018 UN E-Government Survey: Policy Implications for SDG Implementation

Panel Discussion

Frontier technologies for the SDGs and enabling government for a digital transformation

Transforming capacities of public institutions for future governance
High-level Session - Official Remarks, Welcome Remarks & Keynote Speech
This session will officially open the Symposium with introductions and welcome from host institutions and key partners
Group Photo & Coffee break
Plenary Session II – Part B
“Effective Public Institutions and Digital Government for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on public governance, the citizen-government interface, and multi-stakeholder collaboration

Digital transformation and development challenges: Making the Most of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Africa by 2030

The future of cooperation partnerships between developed and developing coutries

Question & Answer Session

Interactive discussion at round-tables on capacities needed to make institutions more effective and to take advantage of new technologies to advance the SDGs
Plenary Session III
“Inclusive Institutions for SDG Implementation : Ensuring Inclusion and Participation in Decision Making of the Poorest and Most Vulnerable Groups”
This session will use a roundtable discussion method to discuss the inclusion and participation of vulnerable groups in the implementation of the SDGs to leave no one behind. The challenges of an ageing society will also be discussed, considering the special needs, multi-dimensional poverty levels and marginalization of ageing communities in society.
Coffee Break
Parallel Breakout Groups - Session III
Group I : Youth engagement in public governance
Group II : Women’s inclusion and participation
Group III : Ensuring the inclusiveness and participation of older persons: Addressing the challenges of Ageing Societies
Plenary Session IV
“Accountable Institutions for SDG Implementation: Data, Statistics and Analytics for Monitoring, Review and Follow-up”
Gaps in data and statistical capacity building
Plenary Session V
“Public Governance Innovations to Strengthen Resilience”
These sessions, co-organized with UNISDR, will focus on strengthening policy coherence and governance for the SDGs and Resilience, including how the special needs of island states and landlocked developing countries in achieving resilience through innovations in technology and finance.
Coffee Break
Parallel Breakout Groups - Session V
Group I : DRR Strategies and Climate Change Adaptation
Group II : Digital Government and Technological Innovations for Resilient and Sustainable Societies
Group III : Effective Financing for Resilience
Plenary Session VI - Partnership-Building Session
This session will focus on effective partnerships outcomes for the SDGs, highlighting the importance of partnership for the SDGs including North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.
Coffee Break
Key Messages from the Discussions & Closing Session
Concluding remarks and closing of the Symposium