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Public Governance Committee (PGC)
Ms. Katju Holkeri   
Ms. Carmel McGregor   
Mr. Jacques DRUART   
Mr. Joe Wild   
Ms. Vassiliki Moustakatou   
New Zealand   
Czech Republic   
Slovak Republic   
United Kingdom   
United States   
European Commission   
Regular Observers (Non-Members):   
South Africa   
Date of creation:
30th September 1961
31st December 2014

Mandate :   -   Resolution of the Council concerning the Mandate of the Public Management Committee [C(99)175/FINAL] approved at its 964th session held on 9 December 1999

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

   -   Resolution of the Council renewing the terms of reference 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 on the revision of the mandate of the Public Governance Committee [C/M(2009)23, item 316 and C(2009)170]



Resolution of the Council [C/M(2009)23, item 316, and C(2009)170]


   Having regard to Articles 1 and 2 of the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14th December 1960;

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council amending the name and the Mandate of the Technical Co-operation Committee of 23 June 1989 [C(89)92(Final)], the mandate renewal resolutions of 23 June 1994 [C(94)125/Final], 9 December 1999 [C(99)175/Final], and 6 July 2004 [C(2004)116], and the Resolution of the Council amending the name of the Public Management Committee of 15 January 2004 [document C(2003)206 and C/M(2004)1];

   Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

   Having regard to the recommendations of the In-depth Evaluation of the Public Governance Committee [C(2009)35 and CORR2];

   Having regard to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Public Governance Committee [C(2009)170];

   Recognising that globalisation and global challenges such as climate change and societal change are strengthening the need for improved governance at supranational, national and sub-national level;

   Recognising the importance of good public governance for creating a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy, and as an essential element in strengthening pluralistic democracy, promoting sustainable development, maintaining confidence in public administration;

   Recognising the importance of good public management, including budgetary and regulatory management, in ensuring policy effectiveness, economic efficiency and sound fiscal balances, and in maximising the quality of, and programme results achieved with, government expenditure;

   Recognising that public governance reforms and innovations are and must be context-dependent and country-specific, dealing with different situations but aiming at the same long-term goals;

   Recognising the interest of non-Members in sharing OECD values and experience in enhancing public governance;

   Considering the central role of public governance as both an agent for achieving structural adjustment and international competitiveness, and a subject for innovation itself;

   Considering the statement of the Public Governance Committee on the PGC Mandate [GOV/PGC(2009)5/REV2] which sets out how PGC will contribute to the economic and social policy objectives of Member countries;


A.   The Public Governance Committee has the following mandate:

I.   Objectives

a)   The objective of the Public Governance Committee is to assist countries in building and strengthening future capacity for designing, implementing and assessing adaptive, innovative, anticipatory and citizen-focussed public policies, institutions and services.

b)   The intermediary objectives of the Committee include:

i)   identifying the current and emerging strategic public governance challenges that governments face, including in a context of global crisis;

ii)   assisting countries in developing and delivering public policies based on a whole-of-government approach and grounded in the core values of the public sector;

iii)   assisting countries in designing and implementing coherent and effective public sector reform policies, including building future capability;

iv)   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;

v)   assessing the performance of countries’ public sectors through peer reviews;

vi)   contributing a public governance and public management perspective on critical public policy issues;

vii)   promoting and providing a forum for policy dialogue, co-operation and exchange of experience among those responsible for the public sector, as well as with other relevant stakeholders, including international organisations and institutions, and the private sector.


II.    Co-operation arrangements

a)   The Committee shall co-operate with other OECD committees on matters related to public governance and participate in horizontal activities.

b)   The Committee will in particular seek close co-operation with the Regulatory Policy Committee and the Territorial Development Policy Committee, served by the same Directorate.

c)   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.

d)   The Committee shall consider the views and input of BIAC, TUAC and other major stakeholders in the field of public governance.

e)   The Committee shall encourage participation by non-Members in the Committee’s work (including undertaking country reviews and contributing to Government at a Glance and thematic work) and their implementation of the Committee’s recommendations and good practices.


B.   The mandate of the Public Governance Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2014.

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