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Advancing Digital Government Transformation for Accelerating the Implementation of the SDGs


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), through its Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) and its Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), is organising a capacity development webinar to launch the Training Toolkit on Capacities for Digital Government Transformation (the “Toolkit”), which is part of the Curriculum on Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (the “Curriculum”). The Offices of UN Resident Coordinators in the Asia-Pacific region will be invited to provide advice in contextualising the training material to the national level context.

The Webinar aims to: (i) Introduce the main pillars, strategy and roadmap for advancing digital government transformation; (ii) Enhance better understanding of the importance to adopt a holistic approach to digital government transformation; (iii) Raise awareness of the required capacities for digital government transformation at institutional, organisational, individual and societal levels; (iv) Share country experiences in promoting digital inclusion through bridging the digital divides and developing capacities of people in vulnerable situations; and  (v) Discuss with participants particularly capacity developers on how to use the Toolkit for enhancing capacities to advance digital government transformation.

The Webinar will run for 100 minutes. It will be conducted in English. It will include a thematic session on recent trends in digital government transformation with discussion on challenges, approaches and strategies, and required competencies of government officials, and an overview presentation of the Toolkit. The presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion to solicit recommendations and commitments by representatives from the Global Network of School of Public Administration and an open discussion/Q&A. The Webinar will be conducted using video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Facebook livestreaming (TBC). The recordings and the presentations will be posted on the website after the conclusion of the Webinar. The follow-up actions, including key recommendations, partnership building among participating agencies and country demands/needs for capacity development support, will be disseminated through the UN DESA and UN ESCAP websites.

The target audience of the Webinar includes government officials, from both national and local government agencies, schools of public administration and institutes of public management in the Asia-Pacific region, members of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN), the UN Resident Coordinator Offices in the Asia- Pacific region and other relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, private sector, and academia. The Webinar is also open to the public upon registration.