18 de junio de 2015
Colombia is the first latin american country to host the United Nations Public Service Forum
Between June 23 and 26, the Plaza Mayor Medellin Convention Center will receive around 1,000 public officials from 100 countries at an event that acknowledges best practices in public administration.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications and the Administrative Department of Civil Service will be the hosts of this important forum that has been held annually in cities such as New York, Seoul, Barcelona, Vienna and Manama.
The event brings together the world's most outstanding public officials who will discuss innovation in public administration. Colombia will be well represented, led by important public officials including the Minister of ICT, David Luna; the Governor of Antioquia, Sergio Fajardo; the Mayor of Medellín, Aníbal Gaviria; the Deputy Director of the National Planning Department, Manuel Fernando Castro; the Director of the Administrative Department of Civil Service, Liliana Caballero; and the Vice-minister of IT, María Isabel Mejía.
The event will also be attended by ministers, senior government officials, mayors and representatives of civil society, academia, the private sector and international organizations. On this occasion, the topic of the meeting will be: "Innovating in the Delivery of Public Services to Implement the Post 2015 Development Agenda".
"Colombia being the host of this forum represents global recognition and motivation to keep working to increase the quality of national public services and innovation with ICT," indicated the Minister of ICT, David Luna.
"It is a marvelous moment to highlight our public officials, who each day incorporate innovation into public services and generate new options to facilitate the lives of Colombians, ensuring the best service for citizens and applying the Good Governance Strategy of the National Development Plan. It is also an opportunity to learn about the innovation experiences of other countries that could be replicated in our country," said Liliana Caballero, Director of Civil Service.
The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have promoted the event since 2003.
Figures who represent the world's public and strategic institutions will participate in the event, such as:
· Mrs. Viviane Laure Elisabeth Bampassy, Minister, Ministry of Civil Service Staff Streamlining and Public Sector Renovation, Republic of Senegal
· Ms. Begoña Lasagabaster, Acting Head of UN Women's Policy Division.
· Inam Karimov, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
· Silk Steiner, International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), General Secretariat
The forum is a unique setting to benefit from the first-hand knowledge of innovation practices of the winners of the prestigious 2015 UN Public Service Awards, who will be recognized for their contribution, achievements and best practices. The Awards Ceremony will take place on June 26, the last date of this event, at the Metropolitan Theater of Medellín, and it will acknowledge the work of 22 global initiatives (14 first places and 8 second places) in the following categories:
· Improving the Delivery of Public Services
· Fostering Participation in Policy Making Decisions through Innovative Mechanisms
· Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age
· Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Service
Registration for journalists and the media will be available through the official website, selecting the press category at the following link: Registration for Journalists.