In January 2012, Dr. Tomasz Janowski, a Senior Research Fellow with the UNU International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST), visited the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in New York. The purpose of his trip was to present a lecture for DPADM staff on “Electronic Governance for Sustainable Development” (EGOV4SD) and to discuss the potential for collaboration between DPADM and UNU-IIST in the field of electronic governance.
In his 10 January lecture, Dr. Janowski introduced the EGOV4SD concept by systematically mapping the sustainable development and electronic governance (EGOV) domains, and presented examples from around the world on how EGOV is being applied to advance social, environmental, economic and transitional sustainable development goals. He also explained the fundamental challenges in realizing the transition from EGOV to EGOV4SD, and outlined an international research, development, monitoring and education agenda to address such challenges.
DPADM Director Haiyan Qian thanked Dr. Janowski for the presentation, noting that the research findings of UNU-IIST were in line with the DPADM’s work in the context of the United Nations E-Government Survey 2012: E-Government for Sustainable Development.
Ms. Qian and Mr. Janowski subsequently agreed, on behalf of their respective organizations, to collaborate on (i) strengthening the platform for the UN E-Government Survey by offering the data collected by DPADM as a benchmarking resource specifically for policymakers to carry out selection that will enable the creation of an instrument to reflect local conditions and priorities, and (ii) developing a government chief information officer curriculum for UN Member States based on the joint research and practice carried out by DPADM and UNU-IIST.
For more information about this and other UNU-IIST e-governance initiatives, see the Center for Electronic Governance homepage on the UNU-IIST website.