On the occasion of the UN Secretary-General’s visit to Portugal on 12-13 May 2016, Mr. Ban Ki-moon met the staff of the four UN agencies present in Portugal: International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNU-EGOV.
During the meeting, the heads of offices introduced their organizations: Ms. Mafalda Troncho representing ILO, Ms. Marta Bronzin representing IOM, Mr. Helder Muteia representing FAO, and Mr. Tomasz Janowski representing UNU-EGOV. The meeting took place in the ILO Office in Lisbon.
Tomasz Janowski briefly introduced: 1) the thematic focus of UNU-EGOV – intersection of governance, technology and development; 2) different kinds of activities carried out at this intersection – policy-relevant research, development of research-based policy instruments, and research-policy bridging including the ICEGOV conference series; and 3) collaborative activities currently carried out by UNU-EGOV with other UN and intergovernmental organizations such as UNESCO, UNDP and OSCE.
He also stressed that the UN Members States are making significant progress in utilizing Digital Government for reducing operational costs, strengthening collaboration, delivery and communication, and securing government’s online presence. In order to utilize this potential and match the progress made by the Member States, many of which look to the specialized 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, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, and Mr. Taye-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.