The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. Since its conversion from a Group into a full-fledged Committee in 2001, CEPA has been meeting annually to provide guidelines on public administration issues related to the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals (IADGs), including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals. It has also reported to ECOSOC on the governance and public administration dimensions of sustainable socioeconomic development, particularly focusing on the themes of human capital development, participatory governance, capacity development in crisis and post-conflict countries, and innovations in public administration and governance, among others.
The 17th Session of the CEPA which took place from Apr 23-27, 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York discussed three overarching issues from a variety of perspectives, namely: (1) Readying institutions and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; (2) building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels; and, (3) supporting the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies by enhancing and equipping institutions. The Committee has adopted an input to the High-level Political Forum and a draft resolution for ECOSOC.
IIAS presence at the CEPA meeting was very visible prompting CEPA Chair, Geraldine Moleketi from South Africa to explicitly mentioning it in its opening remarks. Likewise, David Leblanc, main author of the UN Public Sector Report 2018 credited IIAS with significant input into the report, especially for the chapter on migration.
IIAS presence was most visible however through the Vice-Chair, Geert Bouckaert, IIAS President who chaired 3 of the sessions and hence played the most active role next to the Chair herself, Geraldine Moleketi. Juraj Nemec and Lamia Moubayyed, IASIA Board members and CEPA members, also had very active roles and constructive contributions. Juraj chaired the session on budgetary effectiveness. Margaret Kobia, member of ICAPA Board at IASIA, and CEPA member had significant contributions as well.
Sofiane Sahraoui, DG of IIAS, who attended as an observer on behalf of IIAS for the first time, familiarized himself with the proceedings in view of identifying opportunities for fully engaging with CEPA and UN bodies. He seized the opportunity to attend side events like the special session on Public Sector Report 2018 and the UNPAN meeting. His activities included networking with partners from AAPAM, ALGA, and many other NGOs.