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.

Invitation à la Conférence Internationale sur les partenariats avec le secteur privé

Le Corps Commun d’Inspection invite toutes les personnes intéressées à la Conférence Internationale « Partenariats public-privé pour la mise en œuvre de l’Agenda 2030 » ; qui aura lieu au Palais des Nations, du 20 au 13 Avril 2018, dans la Salle de Conférence XVII. Mme Arancha Gonzaléz, Directrice Exécutive du Centre du Commerce International, et Mme Olga Algayerova, Secrétaire Executive de la Commission Economique pour l’Europe des Nations Unies présenteront des déclarations d’ouverture à cette occasion. Trois ministres de pays en développement devraient également participer à la Conférence. La Conférence est organisée selon un format ouvert à toutes parties-prenantes, avec la participation de responsables des Nations Unies, des représentants du monde universitaire et du secteur privé, lesquels prendront part à un débat riche portant sur les aspects institutionnels liés aux engagements du secteur privé et la présentation d’études de cas sur les Objectifs de Développement Durable couvrant une large zone géographique. Plus de 70 experts de tous horizons professionnels, théoriciens et praticiens, se pencheront sur le sujet des partenariats au cours de 18 sessions. Au vu de la diversité des intervenants et la richesse des sujets abordés, la Conférence peut compter comme une formation sans frais du personnel en charge du secteur privé et des Objectifs de Développement Durable.

Le programme provisoire est disponible sur http://www.wasd.org.uk/geneva2018/program-2018/.

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes sur le site du CCI à 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

The Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System (JIU) will host and co-organise, with the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), an International Conference on "Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, Conference Room XVII, between 10 and 12 April 2018.
The Conference will be an open event focused on the JIU report on the United Nations – private sector partnership arrangements and will give the participants the occasion to take part in expert and action oriented debates on how to improve the contributions of the private sector to the 2030 Agenda and strengthen partnerships.
The focus of the Conference will be “Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and it is conceived as an expression of a participatory, open and multi-stakeholder approach that underlies the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Both JIU and WASD are inspired by the conviction that the 2030 Agenda and its 17 goals provide momentum for a renewed UN engagement with the private sector. The debates will be organised in a triangular format, in which the private sector representatives will be given a particular attention, together with the Unites Nations organisations and academia/ thinks tanks.
Two flagship documents will be officially launched during the Geneva Conference.
The first one is the system-wide report of JIU entitled “The United Nations – private sector partnerships arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report is expected to address to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to the Executive Heads of the United Nations system organisations, funds and programmes, and specialised agencies, a set of recommendations aimed at improving the current legal, administrative and information framework that govern the partnerships with the private sector. A special chapter of the JIU report will be devoted to the United Nations Global Compact, and it will be accompanied by recommendations intended to strengthen and clarify the role of this organisation in the years to come. The other document is the 2018 World Sustainable Development Outlook, which will contain analyses and case studies of a whole range of activities and partnerships related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the perspective of practitioners and researchers.
The thematic panels of the Conference will cover both institutional aspects and specific SDGs and interactive discussions will be allowed and encouraged in all of them.
Some preliminary information is already available here. The site will be updated regularly with more specific information related the thematic structure of the Conference.The registration is open. Please follow the instructions at here.

The Joint Inspection Unit Receives the Knowledge Management Award 2017

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.