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United Nations E-Government Survey 2016

E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development

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Since 2001, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) has published the United Nations E-Government Survey (“the Survey”). Now in its ninth edition, the Survey provides an analysis of emerging public administration trends and issues and of how e-government can support the realization of the internationally agreed development agenda and goals. The Survey offers insights about common challenges, broad trends and different strategies in e-government development among regions and across countries. By tracking the progress of countries globally over time, the Survey seeks to better understand the challenges and opportunities that the Member States face in developing their e-government programmes.

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Overall Conclusion

Without an effective, accountable and inclusive public administration, it is unlikely that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be implemented. Public institutions at all levels have the responsibility to translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national and local targets, strategies and plans to lift people out of poverty and provide opportunities for prosperity to all while protecting our planet. Access to quality public services, particularly for vulnerable groups, is essential for the attainment of the SDGs; be it in the areas of education, health, sanitation, finance, or security. Universal and indivisible in nature, the 2030 Agenda calls for an integrated approach to development based on partnerships and the active participation of all stakeholders. New institutional set-ups and integrated coordination of government activities at all levels are needed to promote a holistic and participatory approach to public service delivery. Traditional principles of public administration, such as effectiveness, accountability and ethics are taking renewed urgency, as is the need to gear all efforts towards servicing the people.

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