E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development
With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Heads of State and Government of all United Nations Member States committed to a shared vision to improve people’s lives and transform the world by 2030. This vision is that of a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets that are at the core of the 2030 Agenda aim to advance people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. They aim to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
The sixteenth SDG calls for effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, in the framework of peaceful and inclusive societies. It marks the recognition that institutions are critical for realizing the vision of the Agenda and achieving every single SDG.
Governments, together with the private sector and civil society, will play a central role in the implementation of the SDGs. They will need to drive the principles and goals of the 2030 Agenda throughout public institutions at local, national, regional and international levels. This means in particular ensuring that the overarching objective of poverty eradication and “Leaving No One Behind”, a key principle of the 2030 Agenda, guides all institutions, actors and policies and public service delivery...
It is against this backdrop that the 2016 Survey was carried out. It analyzes how e-government is evolving and gearing itself to support the realization of the SDGs. Through advanced electronic and mobile services, e-government aims at improving the relationship between people and their government. It aims at making public services delivery more effective, accessible and responsive to people’s needs. It also aims at increasing participation in decision making and making public institutions more transparent and accountable. The purpose of e-government is thus consistent with the principles and goals of the 2030 Agenda and it should contribute to the implementation of the Agenda.