Welcome to the United Nations Public Administration Network


UNPAN is a global network that connects relevant international, regional, subregional and national institutions and experts worldwide working on effective governance and public administration for sustainable development in line with Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNPAN Members
UNPAN Members
UNPAN is coordinated by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG). The Network is managed in close partnership with a group of international, regional and subregional institutions devoted to governance and public institutions for sustainable development.
Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.
UNPAN Services
UNPAN Services
The UNPAN website provides access to a multitude of online services related to governance and public administration, including an e-Library, containing publications, policy notes, papers and other analytical tools shared by the UNPAN Members and Associate Members. It also offers online trainings, webinars, advisory services and discussion forums.
Public Institutions and the SDGs
Effective governance and public institutions play a critical role in the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. The Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) has developed a set of principles of effective governance for sustainable development, which were endorsed by the Economic and Social Council on 2 July 2018.
Latest News and Events

2022 UNPSA Call for Nominations

The United Nations is now accepting nominations for the 2022 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA).  The UNPSA promotes and rewards innovation and excellence in public services in support of the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principle of leaving no one behind. Read more.

The 4th Western Balkan (WB6) Digital Summit

The 4th Western Balkan (WB6) Digital Summit was organized in hybrid platform on 11-13 October 2021 in Podgorica, Montenegro. The WB6 Digital Summit 2021 aimed at showcasing good practices in the Western Balkans, highlighting the achievements and outcomes of the Digital Agenda, and exploring possibilities of building partnerships with the private sector, in the context of the digital transformation process. Registration and read more

Release of the Report on Changing Mindsets to Realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The publication is intended as a companion document to the Curriculum on Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals and its Toolkit on Changing Mindsets in Public Institutions to Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, developed by UN DESA/DPIDG. The publication aims to support countries in building their capacities to realize Agenda 2030. It does so by providing key recommendations on how to promote public servants’ mindsets, competencies, and behaviors to foster effectiveness, accountability, and inclusiveness in the public sector. Access the Report and Toolkit.


Release of the Handbook on Risk-informed Governance and Innovative Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

The handbook is developed based on the Toolkit and is intended to be used by local and national governments in training and capacity development workshops related to Risk-informed Governance and Innovative Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience. The handbook aims to build national capacities to spearhead innovations and utilize Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) and key frontier technologies in government in order to drive DRR and resilience. Access the Handbook and Toolkit.


Advancing SMART Cities and Urban Digital Transformation to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

The future of sustainable development will be determined in part in urban areas. SMART cities promise to transform sustainable urban development. To strengthen the capacities of national policymakers and local authorities responsible for digital transformation and building SMART cities, a capacity building webinar was held on 9 September 2021 via Zoom. Read more