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Public Governance Committee (PGC)
Mr. Dustin Brown   
(United States)
Mr. Jacques Druart   
Ms. Katju Holkeri   
Ms. Grace O’Regan   
Mr. Takeshi FUKAYA   
Ms. Klaudija Koražija   
Ms. Liz Ketch   
(United Kingdom)
Open to all Member countries 
South Africa   
Date of creation:
30th September 1961
31st December 2019

Mandate:   -   Resolution of the Council approved at its 1248th session held on 16 September 2011 [C/M(2011)14/PROV item 156 and C(2011)88]

   -   Resolution of the Council concerning the renewal of the Mandate of the Public Management Committee approved at its 964th session held on 9 December 1999 [C(99)175/FINAL and C/M(99)25/PROV, item 338]

   -   Change of name from “Public Management Committee” to “Public Governance Committee” approved by Council at its 1075th session held on 15 January 2004 [C/M(2004)1, item 13 and C(2003)206]

   -   Resolution of the Council concerning the renewal of the mandate of the Public Governance Committee approved at its 1092nd session held on 26 July 2004 [C(2004)116 and CORR1 and C/M(2004)18, item 235]

   -   Resolution of the Council revising the mandate of the Public Governance Committee approved at its 1209th session held on 11 December 2009 [C(2009)170 and C/M(2009)23, item 309]

   -   Resolution of the Council revising the mandate of the Public Governance Committee approved at its 1304th session held on 17 December 2014 [C(2014)152 and C/M(2014)13, item 213]




Resolution of the Council [C(2014)152, Annex and C/M(2014)13, item 213]



   Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;

   Having regard to paragraph 15 of the Report of the Preparatory Committee concerning the creation of a “Technical Assistance Committee”, which became the “Public Management Committee” in 1989 [C(89)92(Final)], and most recently the “Public Governance Committee” in 2004 [C(2003)206], whose mandate was last revised in 2009 [C(2009)170];

   Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/FINAL];

   Considering the Communiqué from the Ministerial Meeting of the Public Governance Committee, The Call for Innovative and Open Government, held in Venice in 2010 [GOV/PGC/MIN(2010)4/FINAL];

   Having regard to the Ministerial Council Statement of the 2013 OECD Ministerial meeting, where Ministers “reaffirm[ed] their commitment to rebuilding trust in governments, markets and institutions, strengthening financial regulation, combating corruption, promoting open government, and ensuring transparency in policy making” [C/MIN(2013)16/FINAL, paragraph 5];

   Having regard to the Ministerial Council Statement of the 2014 OECD Ministerial meeting, where Ministers “underscor[ed] the importance of rebuilding public trust through greater openness, transparency and accountability of governments, including by combating corruption […] and look[ed] forward to the OECD’s strategic approaches to risk management to help governments strengthen their resilience” [C/MIN(2014)15/FINAL], paragraph 6];

   Recognising the crucial importance of good public governance for creating the conditions for inclusive growth, raising trust in public institutions, helping to build resilient economies, improving people’s well-being, fostering core public values, strengthening pluralistic democracy and sustaining the rule of law;

   Recognising the need for strategic direction and fiscal sustainability in a global and interconnected world economy, and to face unprecedented pressures, including the challenges of climate and long term societal change;

   Recognising the contribution of the public sector to the economy, including realising the potential of public sector innovation for improved problem solving, greater efficiency and productivity, better quality of service to citizens;

   Recognising the critical roles of sound strategic governance frameworks and the need to ensure cross-sectoral policy co-ordination, skills and capacity in the public sector, and to seize the potential of digital technologies;

   Recognising the challenges of policy implementation, to ensure that public governance reforms and innovations are practical, context-dependent and country-specific, addressing the same long-term goals;

   Recognising the shared interest for governance in development as a mutually beneficial investment for all countries;

   Having regard to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Public Governance Committee [C(2014)152];


A.   The Public Governance Committee (hereafter the “Committee”) is renewed with the following revised mandate:

I.   Objectives

a)   The objective of the Committee is to assist Members and Partners in designing and implementing strategic, evidence-based and innovative policies to strengthen public governance, public sector institutions, responding to economic, social and environmental challenges, and delivering on government’s commitments to citizens through greater public sector capacity.

b)   The intermediary objectives of the Committee include:

i)   identifying the current and emerging strategic public governance challenges that governments face;

ii)   building and maintaining a body of robust quantitative and qualitative data and indicators on public sector inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes and performance, for carrying out comparative evidence-based analysis;

iii)   identifying the institutional conditions for inclusive growth and resilient economies taking into account fiscal constraints and offering guidance on good practices;

iv)   assisting countries in strengthening policy making through greater steering capacity, based on a whole-of-government approach and grounded in the core values of the public sector;

v)   helping governments in developing an effective, efficient and responsive public sector, including developing necessary skills, fostering innovation, and making the most of new technologies;

vi)   offering guidance for strengthening trust, openness, transparency and integrity, engaging with citizens and civil society and strengthening the capacity to manage critical risks;

vii)   establishing standards of good public governance and assessing the performance of countries’ public sectors through peer reviews;

viii)   promoting a platform for open policy dialogue within the public sector, engaging with relevant stakeholders, including citizens, the private sector, parliaments and international organisations, and engaging with non-Members on a global dialogue on the role of governance in development.

II.   Co-operation arrangements

a)   The Committee shall co-operate with other committees on matters related to public governance and participate in horizontal activities, in particular in the area of development. It will in particular seek close co-operation with the other committees, served by the same Directorate.

b)   The Committee shall keep itself informed of the activities related to public governance and management carried out in other international organisations. It will promote and develop, as practicable, partnerships with these organisations and seek to ensure effective complementarities while avoiding undue duplication with other international organisations as appropriate.

c)   The Committee shall consider the views and input of Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) and other major stakeholders in the field of public governance.

d)   The Committee shall encourage participation by non-Members in the Committee’s work and shall engage in cooperation activities of mutual benefit with non-Members, either individually or through regional networks.

B.   The mandate of the Public Governance Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2019."

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