Capacity development for the 2030 agenda implementation – the role of civil servants


Ort / Datum
Brasilia, 26.02.2018 bis 01.03.2018


ENAP - National School of Public Administration, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become universal guideposts for transformative change at the domestic and global level.

While responsibility for the design of SDG policies lies with legitimate actors, such as parliaments and political leaders, public administration plays an indispensable role for operational implementation. Due to the novel and complex character of sustainability challenges, civil servants face the challenge how to effectively manage the process of translating the 2030 Agenda to domestic frameworks and engaging in a cross-policy and multi-stakeholder environment.

With the aim to share related experiences and good practices, the ‘Managing Global Governance’ (MGG) team jointly with Brazil’s National School of Administration (ENAP) organized a workshop in Brasilia from February 26 to March 1, 2018. Geared towards the peer exchange on the training for civil servants and national SDG implementation, the 4-day seminar brought together representatives from public administration schools from Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and international organization, as well as researchers and practitioners engaged in relevant knowledge cooperation and training formats. The workshop comprised a series of expert panels to share perspectives from the different countries and regions on three major fields: capacity development for public officials, horizontal and vertical coordination and the role of data in SDG implementation. Beyond that, in the framework of working groups the event also served the purpose to jointly develop course offers for civil servants as well as a joint application for a HLPF side-event session for UNDESA’s and UNITAR’s “SDGs Learning, Training & Practice” initiative.


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