France: The control of public spending (La maîtrise des dépenses publiques)
(c) Bertrand Guay/AFP – Philippe Huguen/AFP For nearly four years, the Government is mobilizing to roll back deficits so that national wealth do not finance the public debt as much (86.9% of GDP, INSEE, March 2016) and allows to recover leeway to fund the priorities of presidential mandate : employment, youth, health, housing, school rebuilding, the real economy and investment for tomorrow. Results better than forecast As such the figures from INSEE of March 2016 show that the control of public expenditure efforts are bearing fruit. With 3.5% of GDP in 2015, the public deficit continues to decrease from 4.0% in 2013 and 2014. Consequently, the debt is contained: it stabilizes at 95.7% of GDP end of 2015, below forecasts of the Finance Act (96.3%)..
Although the benefits on the long term of decentralisation are not disputed, concerns have been voiced about short term risks, notably as concerns fiscal decentralisation. The conference would look at the factors which would steer the process of decentralisation into a success-story.
Are there solutions to experienced bottlenecks? Or is it under circumstances even necessary to have limitations to local financial management autonomy?
Join the debate organised under the aegis of the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership/ CORLEAP, whose members will share their experience.
Food Security Policy
Launch of the FAO-OECD-UNCDF Publication Adopting a Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policy
FAO, OECD and UNCDF have launched a joint multi-year and multi-phase initiative to assess Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) policies from a territorial perspective. The joint initiative aims to assess, scale up, and pilot innovative policy approaches and governance mechanisms to improve food security and nutrition in emerging and developing countries. The first phase – supported by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany – aims to develop a conceptual framework for a territorial approach to food security and nutrition policy. This has been achieved through the development of a methodology for the analysis of territorial policies and governance systems for FSN that have been applied in Cambodia, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, and Peru.
The evidence gathered in these countries as well as in two national workshops held in Mali and Niger has been consolidated in the joint FAO-OECD-UNDCF publication Adopting a Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policy that was launched on 29 April in Paris, 2016.
15th UN-CEPA Session
The Committee of Experts on Public Administration held its fifteenth session at the United Nations in New York from 18 to 22 April 2016. The main subject of discussion was transforming public institutions for integrated and inclusive policy making and review of the SDGs. The Committee decided to firmly place the SDGs at the centre of its work, with particular attention to Goal 16. The Committee observed that the SDGs give renewed urgency to addressing some intractable challenges of public administration. Among them is realizing the core principle of leaving no one behind. The principle is closely connected to efforts to promote diversity and non-discrimination, as well the rights of access to public service on general terms of equality and participation in the public affairs of one’s country. The Committee agreed to convey an input on this topic to the thematic review of the 2016 High-Level Political Forum. In addition to its contribution to the HLPF, the Committee prepared a draft resolution for ECOSOC on the report of the fifteenth session. The Committee noted that there should be a clear framework for sharing responsibilities between national and local government – the local level has a major role in implementation […]
21 April 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today called on the international community to take action on the new UN sustainable development agenda in order to begin a transformation for the benefit of all people and the planet, or risk failure that will be felt for generations to come.
“The choice is yours,” said General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft as he opened the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York, which takes place as world leaders are also gathering ahead of tomorrow’s signing of the Paris climate accord.
The General Assembly President said that together, the two agreements deliver a clear message to the world: that a transformation has begun which will ensure both shared prosperity and the vitality of our planet.
A new generation of action promises to open up government contracting in Africa
I have worked on public procurement and governance for most of my life. But I have never been more excited to finally have a solution at hand that has potential to change the legacy of opaqueness, fraud and lack of effectiveness in public contracting in many African countries.
Africa still need billions in investments to build infrastructure and provide quality services to its citizens, many of them vital: health care centers, food for school children, water services and road to help farmers market their produce. Investments as part of the Sustainable Development Goals in infrastructure alone carries a price tag nearly $100 billion a year. Unfortunately, like in many countries around the world, public contracting in Africa has been characterized by poor planning, corruption in picking contractors and suppliers and contracts are poorly managed.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.
In the last three years, the city of Las Vegas’ emphasis on social media has grown significantly. Social media is so attractive as a means of communication because it allows the city to talk directly with a growing number of followers. In the past, most communication with the public required the help of a third-party media outlet. The city can now communicate one-on-one with its followers and easily track their interests and engagement.
Experts from 21 countries gathered in New York to discuss how to transform and equip public institutions to play their critical role in the implementation and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during the 15th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), from 18 to 22 April 2016. The Session was opened by H. E. Amb. Sven Jürgenson, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. “The theme of the session is timely and important”, Mr. Wu noted, underscoring that the Committee met against the “backdrop of the milestone adoption of the SDGs” in September last year.
Fight Against Curruption
Governance and corruption are controversial issues of great significance for sustainable development. Fostering structural transformation requires more than a national policy and strategy in order to operate effectively in an increasingly globalized world. Globalization continues to alter countries’ growth trajectories, with grave implications for the poor by affecting their access to assets and markets. African countries need to translate opportunities offered by globalization into inclusive growth, increased poverty reduction and sustainable development. However, integration into global markets has some risks as countries become more susceptible to global trends, including corrupt practices by multinational corporations and other vested external interests.
UN Young professionals programme
What is the UN Young Professionals Programme?
The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination and professional development programmes once successful candidates start their career with the UN.