(left) with Professor Purshottama Reddy at the
School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic, Professor Purshottama Reddy was among the public administration experts who critically examined measures to promote good governance globally at the recent 14th Session of the Committee of Experts of Public Administration (CEPA) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The aim of the Session was for the experts to share knowledge and exchange ideas on the issue of building trust in government. This is in pursuit of the sustainable development goals in preparation for the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Agenda at the Special Summit scheduled to take place in September 2015.
The key theme that dominated the 14th Session this year was building the trust of the citizenry in government and the issues highlighted in this regard were accountability, ethical leadership, participatory governance; responsive public service delivery and nurturing innovation.
‘It clearly emerged during the paper presentations and the discussions that followed that a public administration that was functionally responsive, efficient and effective in the broader context of good governance, can be construed as the building blocks of sustainable development. Globally, governments have a critical development role in creating an enabling environment to facilitate economic growth; environmental protection and of late, social cohesion,’ explained Reddy.
According to CEPA Chairperson, Ms Margaret Saner, the fact that the vital role of public institutions is built into the sustainable development goals, highlights the need for ‘effective, accountable and inclusive public institutions at all levels in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies and access to justice for all.’
CEPA meets annually in New York and it seeks to promote the development of public governance globally by supporting the work of the UN Economic and Social Council.