Regional Task Forces of Schools of Public Administration
Regional Task Forces of Schools of Public Administration
Purpose and Objective
The purpose of the Regional Task Forces is to strengthen advocacy of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs among all stakeholders; to create, expand and exchange knowledge on the 2030 Agenda and develop individual, organizational and institutional capabilities. The objectives of the task force are: to educate public servants and the general public of the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to strengthen knowledge and capacities of public servants for the implementation of the SDGs to build a community of practice among the public administration schools for networking and support to work with DESA/DPIDG to gather data and information about the development of capacities
The role of the regional task forces is to develop: .Inventories of the existing curriculums in the region .Identify the need for new or updated curriculums mainstreaming the principles of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs .Coordinate the elaboration and review/testing of specific curriculums on the SDGs .Contribute to the UN DESA Curriculum on Governance for the SDGs .Develop a competency framework of public servants for the implementation of the SDGs and promote its use
Membership of the Task Force is voluntary and open to National Schools of Public Administration, Public Sector Training Institutes, Civil Service Commissions of each country of the region that are partners of the United Nations Public Administration Network. Also, Regional Association of Public Administration, that are UNPAN partners can take part in the task force. If you would like to join, please click here for more information. Regional Task Forces include schools of public administration from Africa and from Asia and the Pacific. Collaboration with schools of public administration in other regions is undertaken through regional associations of public administration.
Periodicity of the Meetings of the Task Forces
Every year, UN DESA convenes an annual meeting with the Regional Task Forces during the United Nations Public Service Forum. During the Forum, Regional Task Forces will share regional and national trends in terms of mainstreaming the SDGs in the curricula of schools of public administration, civil service commissions, and institutes of training. In accordance with the activities of the Task Force, an annual plan of joint activities will be developed, which will be reviewed during the meetings of the Task Force. Meetings are also convened through webinars and other means.
Online Community of Practice: Knowledge Sharing and Development of Training Material
Members of the Regional Task Forces will work together throughout the year through online communities of practice. The UNPAN platform provides the opportunity to share documents, news, events, publications and training material. An UNPAN Online Training Center features training courses that are free of charge. Read more …
Africa Task Force of Schools of Public Administration
Several schools of public administration volunteered to be on the task force during the workshops organised by DPIDG/UNDESA at the 38th AAPAM Roundtable Conference in El Jadida, Morocco from 6 to 10 November 2017. The Taskforce met again during the “Symposium on Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Commitments in Africa” from 11 to 13 December 2017 in Addis Ababa. The process to develop the curriculum on the SDGs is new to Anglophone African schools, but the Francophone African schools have already conducted this exercise working with ENA Canada and the OIF.
DPIDG/UN DESA organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) titled “Equipping Public Servants with Competencies and a New Mindset to Effectively Use Innovations for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” from 27-31 August 2018, in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting was carried out in conjunction with the 5th Conference of APS-HRMnet on “Human Capital: Sustainable Future for Africa – Agenda 2030 and 2063” – resource management in public sector institutions in Africa” with the aim to promote integrity and professional standards in the practice of human resource management in public sector institutions in Africa.Read more …

Asia and the Pacific Regional Task Force of Schools of Public Administration
Schools of Public Administration met during the Asia Pacific Regional Symposium held in the Republic of Korea from 5 to 8 December 2017. During the second Asia Pacific Regional Symposium on “Strengthening the Capacities of Public Institutions and Developing Effective Partnerships to Realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and held on 24-26 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea, the Taskforce was established. The Task Force is being coordinated by UN DESA/DPIDG/UNPOG. The task force worked together to develop the learning objectives for the Curriculum on Governance for the SDGs and a competency framework. The competency framework is intended to help member states, on a voluntary basis, to build the capacities needed to advance progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

DPIDG/UNPOG conducted a baseline survey research among Asia-Pacific countries from April-May 2018 to map where the region’s public administration schools and civil service colleges stand on training public administration for 2030 Agenda. Similar research is ongoing in Africa and Latin America. For Asia-Pacific, this process is led by DPIDG’s Project Office on Governance (UNPOG), based in the Republic of Korea. As a first step, a survey was conducted among regional public administration schools and civil service colleges to collect baseline data on the current status of training public administration officials on the 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific. Sixteen countries representing the diversity of the Asia-Pacific region responded to the survey and shared their current practices, future plans, and priorities on training civil servants on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda: Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Samoa, Brunei, Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Mongolia, China, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, Japan   The report draws on country responses to present a snapshot of current trends and practices, as well as regional preferences for SDG training and civil service curricula. The results show that the majority of countries surveyed report that public service has limited to some awareness of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda, which calls for greater regional awareness-raising and educational programs. Read more …