Global Government Leaders’ Forum to examine challenges faced by public services

By on 10/12/2023 | Updated on 07/12/2023
Speakers at the last Global Government Leaders Forum in 2020
The Global Government Leaders' Forum was last held in 2020

The Global Government Leaders’ Forum is to return in 2024 to bring together top public servants to share insights on how to run modern public services. 

The event will be held on 23 January 2024 at the Civil Service College, Singapore, where speakers including Leo Yip, the head of the civil service in Singapore, Taimar Peterkop, state secretary of Estonia, and Lord Gus O’Donnell, the former UK cabinet secretary, will discuss how civil service leaders can help meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

The conference will examine how traditional approaches to civil service delivery, focused on hierarchical, top-down organisation and management, need to change to respond to the economic, social and environmental problems faced by governments, and how effective responses require close partnership working by officials across departmental boundaries.  

The conference will also look at how new tools available to civil servants – notably digital technologies and ‘big data’ – can unlock new collaborative, iterative approaches to delivery across government, with sessions looking at how to achieve real transformation througha modern approach to civil service productivity, and the benefits and risks of the use of AI in government. 

Sessions will also look at how governments can chart an equitable path to net zero, and how governments can address the crises of today and help avert the catastrophes of tomorrow. 

The Forum is free to all civil service managers from across the region to attend. You can view the agenda here, and register to attend here

The Forum will be followed by the Global Government Summit on 23 and 24 January, where the world’s most senior public servants explore the challenges faced by civil services around the world. 

Sessions are held in a roundtable format under the Chatham House Rule, fostering frank and open dialogue on participants’ views, experiences, successes and failures – and focusing on practical, transferable solutions. 

If you would be interested in attending the Global Government Summit, an invitation-only event for public sector heads of central or federal government, please apply here

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About Richard Johnstone

Richard Johnstone is the executive editor of Global Government Forum, where he helps to produce editorial analysis and insight for the title’s audience of public servants around the world. Before joining GGF, he spent nearly five years at UK-based title Civil Service World, latterly as acting editor, and has worked in public policy journalism throughout his career.

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