The Forum, which is held in honor of the United Nations Public Service Day, is organized by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)).
Mr. Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Mr. Wu Hongbo was appointed United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on 1 August 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Wu served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Federal Republic of Germany. Among his various diplomatic assignments, Mr. Wu served as China’s Ambassador to the Philippines.
Mr. Wu was extensively engaged previously in a broad range of social and economic issues relating to Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) and Macao SAR, having served as Director and Director-General of the Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and China’s Chief Representative of Sino-British Joint Liaison Group. He was a leading official responsible for handling Hong Kong SAR’s ties with over 30 international organizations and the continued application of over 200 international conventions to Hong Kong SAR.
None of the sustainable development goals can be achieved without bold and innovative efforts from public institutions and public servants. The ideas and creativity of civil servants have never been more important.
Dr. Ronald Plasterk, Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Dr. Ronald Plasterk was appointed Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Rutte-Asscher government. After completing his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Ronald Plasterk headed a research group at the Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam. In 2000, he was appointed director of the Hubrecht Laboratory/Netherlands Institute for Developmental Biology (KNAW) in Utrecht, where he remained until becoming a minister in the fourth Balkenende government.
On 22 February 2007, Ronald Plasterk was appointed Minister of Education, Culture and Science in the fourth Balkenende government. After his term as minister he became a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) and acted as party spokesperson on a variety of issues, including finance.
To share and learn from each other about how to improve our public service. And try new approaches and find new opportunities for realizing the goals at the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. That is what the UN Public Service Forum is all about. No time to lose; The Future is Now!