During his visit to Portugal on 12–13 May 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the staff of the four UN entitities present in Portugal: International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UNU Operating Unit Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV).
During the meeting, at the ILO Office in Lisbon, the heads of offices introduced their organisations: Mafalda Troncho representing ILO Marta Bronzin representing IOM, Helder Muteia representing FAO, and Tomasz Janowski representing UNU-EGOV.
Dr Janowski briefly introduced:
He also stressed that the UN Members States are making significant progress in utilising Digital Government to reduce operational costs; strengthen collaboration, delivery, and communication; and secure government’s online presence. He suggested that in order to utilise this potential and match the progress made by the Member States — many of which look to the specialised UN agencies for guidance in this area — the UN system should consider how Digital Government could benefit its own operations and interaction with Member States and their (increasingly digital) governments.
The Secretary-General was accompanied by his spouse (Ban Soon-taek) as well as Miguel de Serpa Soares, UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, and Taye-Brook Zerihoun, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.