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United Nations e-government survey 2014

E-Government for the future we want

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The UN E-Government Survey serves as a tool for decision-makers to identify their areas of strength and challenges. The Survey assesses the e-government readiness of the 193 Member States of the UN according to a quantitative composite index of e-readiness based on website assessment, telecommunication infrastructure, and human resource endowment. ICTs can help reinvent government in such a way that existing institutional arrangements can be restructured and new innovative arrangements can flourish, paving the way for a collaborative, effective, inclusive, transparent and accountable government, which is critical for sustainable development. DPADM, as a global hub for innovation in public governance, promotes knowledge sharing of innovative approaches and practices in public management, particularly in the area of e-government.

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Executive Summary

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by world leaders more than ten years ago have made a huge impact on the lives of billions of people. In particular, extreme poverty has decreased in every region and substantial progress has been made in access to safe-drinking water, decent housing and life-saving HIV treatment, while between 2000 and 2011 the world has achieved parity in primary education between girls and boys with more than 40 million children attending school. However, progress has been uneven: more than one billion people still live in extreme poverty and there are persistent challenges in eradicating hunger, improving health, promoting gender equality, enhancing access to clean water and sanitation, among others. As the United Nations continues to promote prosperity, equity and peace beyond 2015, a global conversation has begun to define a concrete sustainable development framework that embodies these bold, ambitious and universal values.

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