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UNDP to establish Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore

UNDP Chief Helen Clark launches Global Centre for Public Service Excellence with Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew. Photo: UNDP

The United Nations Development 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:

“Unfortunately sanitation has had a very low priority in so many places and it’s appalling to think that a significant proportion of human kind still faces open defecation and no access to a proper toilet at all.

“Singapore has so much to share of its own experience since independence of strong non-corrupt effective governance and so we are partnering to put in place here a centre which will be able to do research on this, bring people together, have convening power and really promote best practice in governance.”

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Source: Wayne Chan, Channel News Asia, 02 Jul 2012 ; UNDP, 02 Jul 2012

Singapore NEWater: From Sewage to Safe

Singapore has taken recycling to a whole new level, in the process, securing safe, drinking water for its citizens for centuries to come.

The world can learn a thing or two on water recycling from Singapore. Faced with diminishing freshwater sources, its national water agency, the Public Utilities Board (PUB), has tapped an unlikely resource-used, dirty, down-the-toilet-bowl, sewage water.

Using a combination of microfiltration, reverse osmosis technology and ultraviolet disinfection, Singapore’s scientists have perfected the process of transforming sewage water into new, clean, safe drinking water. And since every corner of this bustling city is connected to a single sewerage system, Singapore will never run out of sewage water as long as its residents keep flushing.

Aptly branded NEWater, this reclaimed or recycled water is one of Singapore’s “four national taps” or freshwater sources providing 7% of the country’s water demands.

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Read more: Cezar Tigno, ADB, Dec 2008