Kazakhstan, Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana, and UNDP Host Conference on Civil Service ExcellenceJun 19, 2015
New York – International conference “International Cooperation on Civil Service Excellence: A Bridge to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” took place at the UN Headquarters today. Organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana, Kazakhstan, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the event gathered over sixty representatives and experts from UN Member States, academia, experts, and civil service practitioners.
Focusing on Kazakhstan’s and international best practices in civil service development, the conference presented global innovations in civil service and administrative service delivery around the world. Participants discussed synergies between government capacity and civil service development in the context of emerging Sustainable Development Goals. Experts from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, American Society of Public Administration, and the Afghanistan Civil Service Institute exchanged views on the most effective approaches to increasing professional skills of government officials and improving the delivery of high-quality services.
In her address to the conference, UNDP Associate Administrator Gina Casar called for a creation of strong and ethical public services essential for achieving progress across the ambitious Post-2015 development agenda. She further noted that UNDP, as a trusted partner of governments in the countries where it works, has been effectively supporting governments to implement reforms in public service.
The Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana is an example of new initiatives aimed at strengthening the professional civil service and enhancing and regional and international cooperation in this area. The Hub was established in 2013, is fully funded by the Government of Kazakhstan and implemented in partnership with UNDP. The Hub has established close cooperation and experience sharing with 30 countries, including six very actively contributing countries such Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Tajikistan, and Turkey.
During the conference, the Hub announced a global grants scheme to support innovative solutions for civil service excellence which will be launched in the summer of 2015. The grants scheme will support innovative reforms and solutions in civil service and public administration, which have the potential to be replicated in other countries. An independent selection committee, consisting of UNDP, the Hub and other representatives will select the most innovative proposals.
Speaking at the conference, Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN, and Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana, underlined that the development of a professional civil service is one of the highest priorities of Kazakhstan’s ambitious modernization agenda, and discussed how the Hub provides an excellent platform for professional dialogue and exchange on civil service.
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