The United Nations Developmen Programme (UNDP) and the Singapore government have agreed to set up a global centre
to help developing countries strengthen their public services. The Global Centre for Public Service Excellence will be based in Singapore by the end of 2012.
UNDP administrator Helen Clark said the new centre would be a leading research hub, drawing information from think-tanks, universities and on-going policy practice in Singapore and other countries.
The initiative was announced at the World Cities Summit in Singapore on 2 July. The provision of clean water and sanitation in developing countries were mentioned as two critical focus areas.
Helen Clark said it was unfortunate that sanitation has had a very low priority in many places. “It’s appalling “.