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Compendium of Innovative Practices in Public Governance and Administration for Sustainable Development

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In September 2015 the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a vision for transforming the world by ending poverty, transforming societies and protecting the planet. At the heart of the 2030 Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets covering areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet - people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. From reaching social and economic equality to combating climate change, the SDGs cannot be achieved without determined and sustained efforts from public institutions. More than ever, continuous innovation and integrated approaches are needed. The critical role of public institutions in realizing the SDGs is highlighted in the Goal 16 which is calls for building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.This Compendium of Innovative Practices in Public Governance and Administration for Sustainable Development explores three shifts in government-society interactions that have had significant impact on public administration and public service. These are the (i) demand for more people-centered governance, (ii) greater use of ICT technologies in public sector, and (iii) demand for high-quality human resources in public sector to deal with increasingly more complex development imperatives. The Compendium contains both substantive analysis and case studies on these three important themes. It can function as a useful reference and illustrate that promoting innovative practices in public service delivery is vital for achieving the sustainable development goals and leaving no one behind.

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The importance of involving people in public reflection about important social, economic and environmental issues, policy formulation, and public service delivery is hardly contested nowadays. As demonstrated through cases in this publication, people are increasingly becoming empowered to engage in such processes particularly due to access to and availability of information and the advancement of communication technologies, including social media. But it is also a necessity to face increasingly complex and common problems, and engaging people can be a path for boosting innovation. In knowledge-societies of the 21st century, the most creative solutions are going to be generated through open interaction and reliance on shared resources.

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