2021 UN Public Service Awards

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Content Type: Award Programme
Region: Global
Thematic Area: Innovation and Service Delivery
Contributor: UN DESA/DPIDG
Resource Language: English

The General Assembly, by its resolution A/RES/57/277, designated 23 June as the United Nations Public Service Day to "celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community". The UN Public Service Day intends to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. Since the first Awards Ceremony in 2003, the United Nations has received an increasing number of submissions from all around the world.

The  United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.

Four categories have been identified for nominations for the UNPSA 2021:

  • Fostering innovation to deliver inclusive and equitable services for all including through digital transformation
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of public institutions to reach the SDGs
  • Promoting gender-responsive public services to achieve the SDGs
  • Institutional preparedness and response in times of crisis

The UNPSA is an annual Awards programme that recognizes excellence in public service at the local, regional and national levels. It promotes and rewards innovations and excellence in public service in support of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principle of leaving no one behind. Public institutions at the subnational and national levels of all UN Member States are eligible to apply. In the case of public-private partnerships, the lead candidate must be a public sector institution.

File added date: February 2021

Awarded by: UN DESA/DPIDG

URL: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/UNPSA