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

Webinar on the UN E-Government Survey 2022: Advances and challenges of digital government in Latin America and the Caribbean

UN DESA and UN ECLAC are organizing a webinar on the UN E-Government Survey 2022: Advances and challenges of digital government in Latin America and the Caribbean on 14 December at 9am (New York)/11am (Chile).The objective of this webinar is to present the main results for Latin America and the Caribbean of the 12th version of the United Nations E-Government Survey, launched at the end of September 2022 and to promote a discussion regarding the advances and gaps to ensure that digital government continues to be a powerful driver to promote a sustainable future for all. Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be provided, supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea.


Webinar on “Democratic Backsliding in Asia and Beyond and its Impact on the Probity of Public Administration"

The South Asian Network for Public Administration will hold a webinar on “Democratic Backsliding in Asia and Beyond and its Impact on the Probity of Public Administration" on 10 December 2022, at 3:00 PM (Dhaka, Bangladesh Time). This webinar features acclaimed speakers, including EROPA's Secretary-General, Dr. Alex Brillantes Jr., as Designated Panelist, etc.

Annual Meeting of the Global Initiative on Building Capacities of Public Servants for SDGs Implementation on “Mainstreaming the SDGs in the Curricula of Schools of Public Administration, New Mindsets and Competencies”

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Global Initiative with Schools of Public Administration on "Mainstreaming the SDGs in the Curricula of Schools of Public Administration, New Mindsets and Competencies" will be organized by the UN DESA/DPIDG and it's United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), and in collaboration with the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) and the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA). The 2022 Annual Meeting aims to provide an opportunity for schools of public administration and institutes of training to present their progress in mainstreaming the SDGs in their curricula. 

National Workshop on “Youth Engagement in Institution Building and Public Services Delivery for Sustainable Development After the Pandemic”

The workshop is organized by UN DESA/DPIDG in collaboration with the Ministry for Youth, Professional Insertion, and Civic Engagement, the National Youth Council, as well as UNDP and UNFPA in Côte d’Ivoire on 7-9 December 2022. It will also involve other relevant national stakeholders in the government, NGO sector, civil society, and academia. This workshop is part of a pilot to a large initiative that aims to build on, and consolidate, previous work undertaken by UN DESA on “Youth Citizenship and Civic Engagement in Times of Pandemic” in this country.

The 41st Roundtable Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)

The 41st AAPAM Annual Roundtable Conference slated on 6-9 December 2022 at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa and supported by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA). The theme of the conference is ‘Africa's Renewal in the Era of Sustainable Development: Shared Responsibility for Strengthening Institutions.  

Open Forum on adopting data governance framework: from silos to ecosystem

UN DESA/DPIDG is organizing an Open Forum on Adopting Data Governance Framework: From Silos to Ecosystem as part of the Internet Governance Forum 2022. The Open Forum seeks to address existing challenges and gaps in digital data governance, data management and cooperation, focusing on enhancing the institutional capacities of countries to utilize, manage and govern data in a comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner, through regional and global cooperation.