The Joint Inspection Unit participated in a debate about the legitimacy of the United Nations system
On 12 March 2019, at the invitation of the Global Governance Centre of the Graduate Institute and the United Nations Office at Geneva, Inspector Petru Dumitriu, vice-chair of the Joint Inspection Unit, participated as a discussant in a debate as part of the series of the International Geneva Luncheon.
The topic of the debate was “The Timeless Appeal of Technocracy in Global Governance”. A presentation was made by Jens Steffek, Professor and Managing Director of the Institute for Political Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt, with an emphasis on the legitimation of international organizations, especially of organizations of the functional type such as ILO, ITU and WIPO.
As a discussant, Inspector Petru Dumitriu addressed the issue of the sources of legitimacy of the United Nations system and of major global functionalist projects undertaken by its organizations, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He emphasized the participatory nature of the multistakeholder approach and partnerships that underpin United Nations activities, in which politicians and diplomats integrate technocratic expertise, thus reinforcing reciprocal legitimacy of the work done as a catalyst of international cooperation.
Joint Inspection Unit invited to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System
The Joint Inspection Unit team that is undertaking a review on “Strengthening policy research uptake in service of the 2030 Agenda” was invited to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).
The meeting was hosted by the LUISS University in Rome, on 12-14 July 2018. In addition to the participation in the debates related to global governance in the area of migration, the JIU team met the Board of Directors: Professor Roger Coate, chair elect, Kurt Mills, vice-chair, Stephen Browne, founder, Alistair Edgar and Math Noortmann, current and future executive directors, respectively.
The discussion focused on the dissemination of the survey tailored by JIU for the academic and research community and on the ways and means to build and consolidate systematic links between the United Nations policies’ needs and the research products that originate outside the system.
Invitation to the International Conference on partnerships with the private sector
The Joint Inspection Unit kindly invite interested staff to the International Conference on “Public – Private Partnership for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, which will take place at the Palais des Nations, from 10 to 13 April 2018, in Conference Room XVII. Ms. Arancha Gonzaléz, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, and Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe will deliver key-note opening statements on this occasion. Three ministers from developing countries are expected to participate in the Conference as well. The Conference is organised in an open, multistakeholder format with the participation of United Nations officials, representatives of academia and the private sector, which will engage in a rich debate over the institutional aspects related to the engagement of the private sector and the presentations of Sustainable Development Goals case studies covering a broad geographic area. More than 70 experts of all professional horizons, theorists and practitioners, will address partnerships issues in 18 sessions. In the light of the diversity of speakers and of the topics discussed, the Conference may count as a free-of-charge training programme for the staff dealing with the private sector and with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The draft programme is available at http://www.wasd.org.uk/geneva2018/program-2018/.
The registration is opened on the JIU web-site at https://reg.unog.ch/event/23042/
JIU participation in a debate on data and knowledge management
On 8 February 2018, Inspectors Petru Dumitriu and Jorge Flores Callejas participated, at the invitation of Diplo Foundation and Geneva Internet Platform in the official presentation of the report entitled « Data Diplomacy. Updating Diplomacy to the Big Data Era”. The report was prepared by Diplo Foundation and commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The two Inspectors made a presentation and facilitated a debate on “Data and knowledge management in multilateral diplomacy” based on the past findings of the Joint Inspection Unit contained in previous reports on knowledge management and partnership with the private sector, and as part of the ongoing reviews on cloud computing and policy research uptake in the United Nations system.
JIU participation in a meeting on the role of the Private Sector & the Diaspora in Achieving the 2030 SDGs
In his capacity as coordinator of the JIU review on “The United Nations system – private sector partnership arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, Inspector Petru Dumitriu participated as a key-note speaker in a conference entitled “The Role of the Private Sector & the Diaspora in Achieving the 2030 SDGs”. The event was held at the UNICEF United Kingdom House, in London, on 5 February 2018. Inspector Petru Dumitriu was invited by the organizers, the World Association for Sustainable Development and UNICEF Sudan. He presented the preliminary findings of the review, which make the subject of a JIU report to be launched on the occasion of the International Conference “Public – private partnership for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (Geneva, 10 – 12 April 2018).
International Conference on Public Private Partnerships
Knowledge Management Austria (KMA) has decided to award the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system with the Knowledge Management Award 2017. The Award shall be handed over to Inspector Petru Dumitriu “as the leading figure in the process of inspecting, reviewing, mobilizing and advocating for Knowledge Management in the UN System”, and the coordinator of the project team that produced the report entitled “Knowledge management in the United Nations system” (JIU/REP/2016/10), who will accept it on behalf of the Joint Inspection Unit. The Knowledge Award ceremony will take place on Monday, 3 April 2017, at 5.30 pm, at the Palais des Nations, Room XXIV, on the occasion of the Knowledge for Development: Global Partnership Conference (3-4 April 2017). The Conference will provide insights on current best practices and explore future developments in the use of knowledge management, where knowledge is seen as essential element for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click on the title to access the dedicated web page for more details about the award and the programme
JIU Interns Win at Geneva Evaluation Network Competition
On 23 June 2015, the Geneva Evaluation Network (GEN), a platform for the burgeoning evaluation community in Geneva that brings together practitioners, instructors and the interested public, co-organized the first social event dedicated to evaluation interns of the United Nations system and other international organizations. Hosted at the premises of the Graduate Institute Geneva, the event drew together around twenty interns in total, from the evaluation units at ILO and WIPO as well as from the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). Six interns currently working at the JIU participated in three different teams in an evaluation design competition with around twenty participants in total. Kalrav Acharya and Nicolas Gunkel won the contest with their evaluation strategy for a project called “We Love Reading” (WLR) – a non-profit initiative that sets up reading centres in refugee camps to instil the love of reading in children and adults. The team composed of Samuel Klarich and Xiaofan Wei came in as a close second winner. Srishti Kumar and Inge Meesak scored points for their engaging presentation and the methodological rigour of their evaluation design. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all JIU interns who successfully took part in the competition.