UNDP shares public service expertise at UN Public Service Forum 2014

Jul 4, 2014

Photo: UNDP Seoul Policy Centre

Ministers, public officials and over 1,800 delegates from 126 countries met at the 2014 UN Public Service Forum in Goyang, Korea on 23-26 June to share new and creative models of public service and to acknowledge international achievements in the field.

Under the theme of “Innovating Governance for Sustainable Development and Well-being of the People”, the four-day ‘UN Public Service Forum’ was hosted by Korea’s Ministry of Security and Public Administration and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). The forum included roundtable discussions and workshops to discuss the role of governance, communication technology, enhancing gender equality and improving transparency and accountability in public service delivery.

UNDP shared its knowledge and experiences from its expertise work in public service delivery. Two of UNDP’s global policy centres-UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) in Singapore and the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre for Global Development Partnerships- contributed to the Forum along with anti-corruption and local governance experts from UNDP New York and Bangkok.

At the roundtable discussion on excellence in public service delivery for sustainable development and people’s well-being, Max Everest-Phillips, the Director of the UNDP Singapore Centre gave an overview of the Centre’s role and work in achieving development goals through public service delivery including its collaboration with UNDESA to publish the book Governance for Development towards Excellence in Global Public Service. The book covers the issues of national public service reform, transparency, accountability and inclusive growth, and e-government.

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre Director, Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen moderated a special session on effective governance systems for sustainable development in the Post-2015 era. The focus was on the cases and implementation of community participatory development, including Korea’s Saemaul Undong Movement experiences. Panelists shared their visions and knowledge rregarding efforts to promote citizens’ participation in the country’s governance system. At the session, the Minister of State Administration from Timor Leste presented the country’s efforts for development and how Timor Leste implemented their National Village Development Program (Programa Nasional Dezenvolvimentu Suku) as a model of Community Driven Development.

At the forum, Anga R. Timilsina, the Manager of UNDP’s Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness from New York, talked about how to promote and strengthen professionalism, ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability in public sector institutions for sustainable development.

Thusitha Pilapitiya, UNDP’s Policy Advisor of Decentralization and Local Governance of Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, spoke of the importance of the role of local governance in development at the workshop on Transformative Initiative toward Open, Competent and Service-oriented Government.

While visiting Korea, UNDP’s governance experts and the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre also met with Korean partners to discuss possible collaboration in the area of anti-corruption.

In his closing remarks at the Forum, Korean Minister of Security and Public Administration Kang Byung-Gyu said:

“Through this forum, we have presented our vision and way of collaboration for the citizen-centered paradigm which emphasizes the transparency and accessibility of public information when communicating with the citizens.”

The UN Public Service Awards Ceremony was held on the final day of the forum. Awards were given to the public service institutions in recognition for their excellence in public service. Nineteen organisations from fourteen countries including Korea, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Morocco, Oman and Singapore won UN Public Service Awards in 2014.

Korea won the first and second places accordingly in the categories of “Fostering Participation in Public Policy-Making Decisions through Innovative Mechanisms” and “Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age”. The county also ranked first in the 2014 UN e-governance survey, having won the top spot in 2010 and 2012.


Hyo Jin Ahn – UNDP Seoul Policy Centre: hyo.jin.ahn@undp.org Cell: +82 (0)10 3922 4393